Coffee and caffeine are controversial subjects in nutrition, even more so in different gym circles. Some experts say that coffee is the elixir of the gods and is so healthy almost everyone should consume a cup or two of “black gold” each and every day. Others say it’s a toxic, dehydrating, stimulating substance that has no place in a healthy diet as it can increase blood pressure and is highly addictive.
As usual, the truth lies somewhere in between these two extremes.
Coffee comes in a variety of forms from fresh ground beans to coffee coolers. As a rule of thumb, the healthiest coffee is the one that is closest to the bean. Freshly ground and brewed coffee is the best type of coffee because it doesn’t just contain caffeine, it is also high in polyphenols, antioxidants, and a host of other beneficial chemicals. Freeze-dried and powdered instant coffee still contains plenty of caffeine but is mostly devoid of the other benefits. When it comes to coffee (as with food), fresh is best.
Coffee should be made using a coffee machine or a cafetière that contains no BPA plastics. Metal or paper filters are best to avoid unwanted pollutants and toxins…..