Evolving Coffee Trends: Are Special Coffees Really Healthier?
In recent times, a variety of unique coffee blends have emerged, claiming to offer improved health benefits. From mushroom coffee to turmeric coffee, egg coffee, and vitamin coffee, these unfamiliar names are now capturing our attention. But how good are they really for our health? While it’s hard to resist the aroma and flavor of traditional coffee, many of us are curious to explore the potential health benefits of these special brews. Let’s delve into their advantages and the precautions one must take while consuming them.
Mushroom coffee is gaining popularity by combining mushroom powder, such as Chaga mushrooms, with regular coffee. This blend contains less caffeine but boasts a higher concentration of antioxidants that can reduce inflammation. Known for its stress-relieving properties, it also strengthens the immune system. Mushroom varieties used in this concoction include Chaga, Helicoptera, Reishi, Finger, and Sanghwang mushrooms. Particularly, mushroom ingredients provide antioxidants and potential cancer-fighting effects.
Turmeric coffee, enriched with the powerful antioxidant ‘curcumin,’ offers excellent anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and pain-relieving effects. Add a dash of turmeric to hot black coffee, avoiding sugar and syrup to prevent unnecessary fat and calorie intake. Since curcumin is fat-soluble and challenging for our body to absorb, adding milk or cream can enhance its absorption.
Vietnamese egg coffee, also known as egg yolk coffee, has gained popularity for its unique texture and delicate taste. This exquisite blend combines egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk with espresso or iced coffee. However, it is essential to consume it in moderation due to the high sugar content in condensed milk and the risk of salmonella infection from raw eggs.
Adding vitamins to coffee seems like a fantastic idea. However, the diuretic effect of caffeine leads to increased urination, potentially resulting in the excretion of water-soluble nutrients before their absorption. Moreover, coffee hinders the absorption of essential minerals like zinc, calcium, and iron. To maximize the benefits of vitamins, it is advisable to consume them one hour before or after drinking coffee.
Precautions When Enjoying Coffee
While coffee itself can offer health benefits, it is crucial to be wary of the sugar and sweeteners added to your cup. Limit the amount of sugar to about a teaspoon and be cautious of milk-based coffee beverages that include sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, whole milk, or whipped cream. Drinking high-fat, high-calorie coffee can diminish the potential health benefits. Opting for a smaller size is a better choice in this case.
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By Kim Soo-hyun, Reporter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Coffee is also evolving to be healthier. Recently, mushroom coffee, turmeric coffee, egg coffee, and vitamin coffee, whose names are unfamiliar, are attracting attention. This special coffee is said to have special health benefits, but how good is it really for your health? It is hard to resist the fragrant taste and smell of original coffee, but I also want to try a special coffee if it is good for my health. Let’s learn about the health benefits of special coffee and precautions while drinking it.
◆ Mushroom Coffee
Mushroom coffee is usually made by adding mushroom powder, such as chaga mushrooms, to coffee. It has less caffeine than regular coffee and contains more antioxidants that reduce inflammation. Mushroom coffee is known to relieve stress, reduce inflammation levels, and strengthen immunity. Mushrooms used include chaga mushroom, Helicoptera mushroom, reishi mushroom, finger mushroom, and Sanghwang mushroom. In particular, you can get antioxidant and cancer-preventing effects from mushroom ingredients.
◆ Turmeric coffee
‘Curcumin’ contained in turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and has excellent anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and pain-relieving effects. Add turmeric to hot black coffee, but avoid sugar and syrup, which add fat and calories. However, because curcumin, which is fat soluble, is difficult to absorb in our body, adding milk or cream to turmeric coffee helps absorption.
◆ Egg coffee
Egg coffee, also known as ‘Vietnamese egg coffee’, is popular. Egg yolks are mixed with sweetened condensed milk to create a thick, creamy mixture, which is then added to espresso or iced coffee. There are many enthusiasts for its soft and delicate taste. However, sweetened condensed milk has a high sugar content and raw eggs can contain salmonella bacteria which causes infection, so it is best to be careful when consuming large amounts.
◆ Vitamin Coffee
Adding vitamins to coffee is a good idea. However, due to the diuretic effect of caffeine, drinking coffee causes you to urinate more quickly than usual. Therefore, there is a high possibility that water-soluble nutrients will be excreted before absorption. Coffee also prevents the absorption of minerals such as zinc, calcium and iron. Therefore, it is best to take vitamins an hour before or an hour after drinking coffee.
◆ Precautions when drinking coffee
Coffee itself is healthy, but sugar and other sweeteners are high in fat and calories. It is appropriate to add about a teaspoon of sugar to a cup of coffee. Milk coffee drinks also include sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, whole milk, and are often topped with whipped cream. As you consume more fat and calories with each sip, the health benefits of coffee diminish. Especially if you drink coffee that is high in fat and calories, it is better to choose a small size rather than a large size.
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