As we celebrate National Coffee Day September 29th, South University faculty member Roseane Santos, Ph.D. is sharing 5 facts you should know about your coffee.
Santos is an Associate Professor at South University’s School of Pharmacy and has centered her research on the health benefits of coffee. She is co-author of the 2009 book An Unashamed Defense of Coffee: 101 Reasons to Drink Coffee without Guilt, and will moderate a workshop focused on the impact of coffee on human health at the International Summit on Clinical Pharmacy in San Francisco this December.
1. Turn Off the Tap
Water from the kitchen sink is not ideal for brewing coffee. Santos suggests using bottled or filtered water because the amount of minerals such as chlorine, heavy metals and calcium may alter the flavor of the coffee. Remember, water represents 98% of the cup of coffee.
2. Filter Out Fat
It might be surprising, but coffee contains fat. Santos says using a filter will help trap much of the fat and keep it out of your coffee mug.
3. Medium Roast Is Best
Hard-core coffee drinkers may love a very dark roast, but Santos says mild to medium is the best when you are looking to capitalize on all of the health benefits of coffee. Many of the components in coffee that provide health benefits are broken down by heat. So, a mild or medium roast will yield the most health benefits.
4. The Caffeine Kick
Caffeine is one of the few components in coffee that is not thermo-sensitive, or affected by heat. So, what kind of water you use, and how long the beans were roasted won’t have any effect on the caffeine content of your coffee. If you are caffeine-sensitive, the only solution is decaf.
5. Have a Second Cup, and Third, and a Fourth
Santos says the latest research shows that drinking three to four cups of coffee a day is the best amount to help maximize its health benefits.
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