Is Instant coffee healthy?
Should we be worried about the type of coffee we drink, the amounts and the timings of when we are drinking it? We are investigating this topic over a longer period, allowing you to contribute to the article with opinions and research to really get a feel for what people think of this especially emotive subject.
These days everyone is looking to improve the quality of the things you are putting into your body, it's probably why you are reading this and (maybe) buying our top quality meat, and we are no different. Quality is everything! That's why we only source the best produce we can get our hands on, and although we don't (yet) supply coffee, it is part of your daily routine, and Athleat want to be part of that.
We have already looked at a number of aspects of this including effects on performance as an athlete, dehydration and we even got the Guinea Stig out for a experiment. We looked at caffeine in particular rather than coffee and you can read it by clicking here but remember to return to this page to add your comments!
The first reported use of coffee comes from the Kaffa region of Ethiopia in 850 AD, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Since then, coffee consumption has spread across the world, with many coffee users wondering about the drink's health effects.
Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world behind oil, and therefore everyone is punting for your business and your £'s. Massive coffee companies like Starbucks, as well as little boutique shops are desperate for you to spend your money in their shop.
So what are you drinking? A jar of instant? Is it organic? Fairtrade? Freeze dried? Bog standard Nescafe? Does it matter? Do you care?
Or are you a barista who prides themselves in creating an amazing cup of freshly ground coffee with your fancy pants space age coffee machine? I have to say have the option of making a really good cup of coffee at the office or at home can make your day! But are the coffee beans good quality? How have they been treated? Have the farmers been exploited so you can drink the coffee at a reasonable price?
Have your say by commenting in the box below this article, we want to know what everyone is doing, because I am certain that the vast majority are drinking coffee and have an opinion!
Whether you are an instant coffee drinker or fresh, the benefits of drinking coffee seem to far outweigh the negatives....
All Coffee Types Can Reduce The Risk of Heart Disease:
Heart disease is a term that describes an array of health problems that affect the heart. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the no. 1 cause of death in th U.S.A. Lifestyle decisions, such as a person's diet and frequency of exercise, are key factors that affect the likelihood of developing heart disease. People who drink coffee as a regular part of their diet may have a lower chance of developing heart disease because of it.
Stimulant and Cognitive Effects:
Other substances in coffee, independent of caffeine, stimulate the production of cortisone and adrenaline, two hormones which have stimulant effects.
Drinking coffee can reduce the incidence of cirrhosis of the liver, according to A.L. Klatsky and colleagues from the Department of Medicine, California. The researchers concluded this after a study of 125,580 multi-ethnic subjects, where it was found that among persons drinking 4 or more cups of coffee per day, the incidence of alcoholic cirrhosis was 80 percent less compared to persons drinking no coffee. Protective effects were also evident in persons drinking just 1 cup of coffee per day -- these subjects had a 30 percent decrease in alcoholic cirrhosis risk compared to subjects drinking no coffee.
Coffee and Cancer:
While some studies suggest that there is a relationship between coffee---whether it's instant or regular---and some kinds of cancer, it is not a causal one. The United States Department of Agriculture reports that there is little evidence to show that any kind of coffee causes or increases the risk of developing cancer. A review of the epidemiological studies of the coffee-and-cancer relationship, published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention in 2000, suggests that there is an inverse relationship between coffee and colorectal cancer, meaning coffee may actually help prevent cancer.
Other Positive Health Effects:
The United States Department of Agriculture reports that regular coffee drinkers have a lower risk of type-2 diabetes than non-coffee drinkers. Instant coffee is also a source of some nutrients, such as chromium, magnesium and other nutrients. An 8 oz. cup of instant coffee, for example, has about 72 mg of potassium and 57 micrograms of boron. Preliminary studies suggest that moderate coffee consumption -- 400 mg of caffeine per day -- is associated with lower rates of type-2 diabetes, according to a 2009 review published in "Diabetology and Metabolic Syndrome." An 8 oz. serving of regular instant coffee contains nearly 7 mg of magnesium, and magnesium plays a role in blood sugar management. This magnesium content may be a factor in preventing insulin resistance, according to the 2009 review of research.
While drinking instant coffee may correlate with a lower likelihood of dying from heart disease, that does not necessarily mean there is a causal relationship. Those who drink a lot of instant coffee, for example, may be more active than those who do not. There is also some evidence to show that heart disease risks are genetically affected. A 2006 study published in the "Journal of the American Medical Association," for example, revealed that people with a specific gene mutation had a higher risk of developing heart disease, because the mutation affects how a person's body processes caffeine.
Warning for the ladies......
Caffeine crosses the placenta and reaches the fetus, which metabolizes it much more slowly than an adult. Pregnant women should limit caffeine to a low level, such as one cup a day, the Harvard School of Public Health advises. If you experience tremors, difficulty sleeping, increased tension or anxiety, decrease your intake of instant coffee and other sources of caffeine. Caffeine can affect medications. Consult your doctor about your caffeine intake.
Below are the pro's and con's of Instant coffee...
So there you have it....pretty inconclusive really so we need your input. What do you drink and think?