Is coffee healthy? Consensus: HIGHLY NEUTRAL
Coffee itself is neither good or bad, like most things in life, it falls into that grey area (see chart below to compare). You can find valid arguments for both sides.
Here is the deal, if you love coffee, keep on drinking it guilt free! If you hate coffee, never worry about having to take up the addictive habit.
Drinking Decaf? Shift to caffeine free! scroll to the bottom if you are a decaff coffee drinker.
Here is our coffee consumption guide
Make minor adjustments: Mitigate the side effects and Heighten the benefits
- Do not add anything artificial, refined to it, processed. (flavourings, sugar, coffee mate, cream)
- Use healthy natural sweeteners like unpasteurized honey and maple syrup
- Use (non-chemical) paper filters to filter your coffee (eliminates di-terpenes)
- Buy quality coffee: just like food, quality matters (organic is obviously the best)
- Do not consume caffeine late in the day – not past noon (as to maintain a healthy sleep cycle)
- Avoid drinking a cup with a leafy green meal (especially If you are vegan/vegetarian) – it depletes iron
- Buy Arabica beans: better quality than Robusta
- Be picky about the extraction of your coffee: Monsoons coffee extraction, or Steam is better than boiling methods
- Avoid coffee if: you have a weak digestion system, are prone to anxiety, or issues with sleeping
- Upset stomach? buy non-acidic coffee
- Feeling the coffee jitters? Take L-theanine to counteract the negative side effect
- Add herbs (cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa)
- Blend your coffee with butter and or coconut oil
Coffee, Caffeine and dosing
(1 cup coffee approx. 90-120 mg caffeine)
1/2 life: 6.5 hours, it takes 24 hours for the caffeine to completely leave your system.
Lets say you have a cup of coffee at 8 am, by 8pm 25% will still be in your system. 25% of 100 mg (25 mg) of caffeine remains. Good news! 25mg is technically not enough to affect your sleep dramatically. But if you suffer from sleep issues, insomnia, anxiety etc then this will be enough to throw you off.
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What about De-caff? Is it healthy? Consensus: NO. AVOID
NOTE: De-caffeinated coffee is not caffeine free (97% caffeine removed). Caffeine still remains
BIG CONCERN: Is it healthy? No, in the same way that we know all purpose white flour to be dangerous; it is highly altered by man. Decaffeinated beans are processed and refined.
- Step 1: Decaf Extracted: Boil or Steam – loses phytonutrients/antioxidants. The bean is chemically altered and lack nutrients
- Step 2: Chemical Solvents are added to remove caffeine; steam-soak (10 hours in chemical solvent)- steam again. So what about when decaff is labelled 100% natural water extract? The sad answer is: clever marketing.
Acidic Beans: Highly acidic beans are used -Robusta beans are the most acidic. A high acidic internal body Is known to lead to the following problems (inflammation, degenerative diseases, heart burn, digestive upset, bladder infections, ulcers)
Decaf health consensus; there is no point. Summed up, it is highly acidic, raises cholesterol, may have chemical residues in it, uses the most acidic low-quality beans, has a substantial loss of the coffee bean flavor.
Good news! Natural Coffee alternatives:
Caffeine-Free Herbal Coffee: https://tylerscoffees.com/why-tylers/
Decaff alternative can be found at: http://teeccino.com/building_optimal_health/39183/Decaf-Coffee-And-Health.html