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Instant Coffee: The Good And The Bad

You are too busy to go to the coffee shop or just too lazy, but you really want to have some caffeine into your body. Enter instant coffee. Get a cup, add some hot water and voila you have coffee right on your desk.

Instant coffee is already one of the most popular beverages around the world. In fact, many countries have been spending millions for this cheap and easy to prepare coffee.

Market research firm Euromonitor previously found that the sales of instant coffee nearly tripled between 2000 and 2014. The world population spent nearly $31 billion for the product just in 2013, The Washington Post reported

Making instant coffee is just like how regular coffee is brewed. It is made from dried coffee extract that comes from ground coffee beans.

After brewing, manufacturers remove water from the extract to get the powder. Since both regular and instant coffee are brewed before they reach your desk or table, do they offer the same health benefits? 

Instant Coffee Health Effects

Antioxidants 

Antioxidant gives many of the health benefits of coffee. Despite being more concentrated, instant coffee still contains powerful antioxidants. 

One study found that the product may even provide more antioxidants than other brewed drinks. Researchers also said one standard cup of instant coffee may contain potassium, magnesium and vitamin B3 and only 7 calories.

Less Caffeine

Consumption of high amounts of caffeine has been linked to some health problems. You may experience disrupted sleep, anxiety, restlessness, upset stomach, tremors and changes in your heartbeat.

Instant coffee can be a good choice for people who wish to reduce their caffeine intake. One teaspoon of instant coffee provides only 30 to 90 mg of caffeine, while regular coffee gives 70 to 140 mg, according to Healthline.

Bad Side Of Instant Coffee

Despite having a number of health benefits, drinking too much of this easy to make coffee may have harmful effects. 

More Acrylamide

Acrylamide is a chemical that could damage the nervous system and increase the risk of cancer at high levels. It appears when coffee beans are roasted. 

Compared to regular coffee, you may get two times more acrylamide from instant coffee. But the amount of the chemical in the coffee is still in the safe limits, which means you can still enjoy your morning drink without thinking about acrylamide exposure. 

Less Caffeine, Less Benefits

Caffeine has some bad effects but it also provides a number of health benefits. With the right amount, it could help enhance brain function, improve metabolism, burn more fat and reduce the risk of liver diseases.

As said earlier, instant coffee has lower amounts of caffeine. You should check your caffeine sensitivity to choose the right coffee for you. 

coffee Instant coffee contains less caffeine but good amounts of antioxidants, which could help improve health. Pixabay

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