There are many myths surrounding coffee, but is it really good for your health? Find out if the coffee is good or not and if it is appropriate to drink it every day.
Much has been said about coffee, and in a sense it could be said that there are some diverse myths that are not entirely true, and yet are taken as real when, in reality, it can be quite the opposite.
It has been said that coffee is fattening, that it can even poison various organs (including mainly the liver), or that it causes halitosis. But what is true in all this?
First of all, the type of coffee that we usually consume must be taken into account, since a natural roast coffee is not the same (which tends to be a much healthier coffee with a greater number of benefits and nutritional properties), than a roasted coffee, which has lost nutrients due to having been subjected to high temperatures, in such a way that somewhat toxic substances have also appeared.
As you surely know, coffee contains caffeine, which is a stimulant that penetrates with some ease in absolutely all the cells of our body, accumulating easily. Once it is consumed, this substance is degraded in the liver, being eliminated through the urine between three and six hours after being consumed.
What kind of coffee is healthier? Natural or blend?
There are different types of coffee that we can easily find depending on the country where we are. While, depending on the type of toasting, we can basically distinguish three basic types. The truth is that, depending on the personal tastes of each one, it is possible to choose between one and another option.
In relation to the varieties of coffee, today there are a total of 4 well differentiated varieties: Arabica, Robusta, Liberia and Excelsa. Arabica coffee is one of the most popular and well-known, standing out both for its higher quality and for having a better flavor.
While, depending on the degree of toasting, we distinguish three popular options:
- Natural roast: It is a type of coffee that only contains green coffee as the only ingredient. For this reason, it is considered one of the most suitable types of coffee.
- Roasted coffee: It is a type of coffee whose beans are roasted, but before finishing the roasting process, sugar, glucose syrup or sucrose is added. The maximum proportion is 15 kg. Of sugar per 100 kg. Of green coffee. The appearance of the beans after roasting is darker, and their taste is much more bitter and strong.
- Mixed coffee: It is a type of coffee resulting from the mixture of naturally roasted coffee and roasted coffee.
Although both naturally roasted and roasted coffee share a similar nutritional profile and also practically the same effects of caffeine, many nutritionists advise opting for the natural variety because it has no added sugars during the roasting process.
In fact, it has been found that roasted coffee, despite providing the same properties, tends to overload the liver and liver function itself, causing even more digestive problems, tiredness or insomnia, and even halitosis.
In addition, due to the stronger and bitter taste of coffee made with roasted coffee, it is usual to sweeten it with sugar or any other sweetener before drinking it. So at the end of the day, especially if we have had more than one cup of coffee, it is likely that we will exceed the daily amount of sugar recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Therefore, it is best to opt for naturally roasted coffee, preferably unsweetened. If you wish, you can discover more in the article Benefits of drinking plain and unsweetened coffee.
How many cups of coffee can you drink a day?
When it comes to how many cups of coffee the experts recommend that you should drink a day, the best option is never to drink more than two coffees a day, being able to substitute them for tea or infusions.
It is better to enjoy a good cup of coffee in a moderate way, than to drink three or four cups every day, and in addition to roast. Do not forget that we can always continue to enjoy the delicious taste of coffee, also opting for a natural roast.