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.
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OCM (OnCoffeeMakers.com) was started in 2007 with the first webpage about coffee machines. And for a number of years, we focused on helping people find their desired coffee machine (we still are helping folks with that! So, if you are looking for coffee machines for office or restaurants - check out the link).
In 2010, we started getting enquiries on restaurant marketing and we start to help food and beverage brands with their marketing. Below are campaigns and events that we have done over the years:
OCM's campaigns: F&B Marketing Ideas by OCM
OCM's Events: F&B Industry events by or with OCM
Check out this restaurant marketing guide to learn more about the many campaigns and companies we have worked with.
Since then, we have also created many marketing workshops and classes for the F&B industry. Many of these modules are still running in tertiary institutions such as Temasek Polytechnic Skillsfuture Academy and also ITE College East COC classes, below are some snippets of our lectures and workshops:
OCM’s F&B workshops: Food and Beverage Marketing Lectures | Workshops - click to watch classes on customer journey map, JTBD and more.
So, if you are looking for industry practitioners to help you scale your coffee or F&B businesses, do drop us a message or book an appointment. Do also check out our various social media platforms on regular F&B and coffee market updates:
For regular coffee (F&B) related videos: OCM Youtube
For Daily Coffee Inspiration (fun coffee content): OCM IG
For insights into the coffee (F&B) industry: OCM LinkedIN
PS: For the 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).