A lot of people start their days with a cup of coffee, but that isn't the ideal time to satisfy your caffeine cravings. If you like a hot beverage after a meal, consider waiting at least an hour afterward.
Caffeine depletes the body's potassium and magnesium stores, which can lead to tremors and jitters. Consuming foods high in potassium or magnesium (such as bananas) is also beneficial.
Although drinking tea and coffee in moderation is not harmful to your health, some evidence indicates that it can inhibit your body's ability to absorb minerals and iron after meals. Although both of these hot beverages contain antioxidants, drinking them after a meal binds the iron and other minerals in food and supplements, preventing them from being absorbed.
In reality, drinking coffee with a meal can reduce iron absorption up to 80%, as well as mineral absorption such as zinc, magnesium, and calcium.
Other healthier alternatives to coffee, such as green tea are high in polyphenolic compounds including catechins, which help to increase the activity of pepsin, a digestive enzyme that helps the stomach break down dietary proteins.
To get rid of sugar for good, you can replace it with cream. Cream's fat will help to cut the bitterness of coffee and also has a natural sweetness that can aid in the transition away from refined white sugar.
Do not use flavored cream or creamer mixtures, as they include hydrogenated vegetable oils, corn syrup, and a variety of other chemicals.
As coffee beans are exposed to both oxygen and moisture, they begin to break down and become rancid. Grind your fresh coffee beans at home for healthier coffee drinking.
Limit yourself to one cup a day. Up to 400 milligrams (mg) of caffeine, approximately the number of caffeine in four cups of brewed coffee every day appears to be safe for most healthy adults.
It's probably best to wait until you've eaten something before downing that cup of coffee. Caffeine allows your body to release sugar into your bloodstream, which causes your pancreas to release insulin (that’s another reason to avoid sugar!). Having food in your stomach can help you control your blood sugar reaction and avoid cravings.
So don't feel bad about your one-cup-per-day of organic, home-ground coffee with cream.
Other Questions about Coffee
Questions not about coffee (but important to coffee)
OCM was started in 2007, focusing first on coffee machines, then marketing for coffee and food and beverage companies. Check out this restaurant marketing guide to learn more about the many campaigns and companies we have worked with.
OCM has also created many marketing workshops and classes for the F&B industry. Many of the modules are running in the Singapore Skillsfuture Classes in tertiary institutions such as Temasek Polytechnic Skillsfuture Academy and also ITE College East COC classes.
For the readers (coffee lovers), we continue to share coffee articles (and videos) and have also started a free coffee class section (with free online coffee training supported by coffee partners).
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