LifestylePeople often underestimate this type of coffee. It's healthy and gives you an energy boost

People often underestimate this type of coffee. It's healthy and gives you an energy boost

Instant coffee. How much does it differ from regular?
Instant coffee. How much does it differ from regular?
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10:05 AM EDT, October 27, 2023

Traditional coffee enthusiasts often snub this type of coffee, accusing it of being nothing more than a 'phony' piled with an abundance of chemicals and harmful to one's health. But, are these claims accurate? Must we only consume coffee brewed from chunky ground beans? And exactly what is instant coffee? Let's delve into these questions.

Coffee purists are resolute, displaying total disinterest in any coffee that is not a classic black drink brewed from superior coffee beans. To an extent, such an attitude might be... reasonable! After all, it's not the coffee that's detrimental, but the additives utilized in it. This commonly comes up when discussing chemical flavoring syrups, powdered cream, or whipped cream.

Notoriously, the last item on this list of products loathed by such aficionados is instant coffee. They're quick to dismiss it as not being 'real' coffee. But is this really the case? Not entirely. Let’s examine why.

How is Instant Coffee Made?

Perhaps a better first question: why is instant coffee made at all? The answer is straightforward and practical. Whether it's work, camping trips, or quick university break times - these are just a handful of instances where instant coffee comes in handy due to its quick preparation time.

Despite ongoing controversy, instant coffee is produced in two primary ways: freeze-drying or spray-drying. The process includes brewing, freezing, condensing, and evaporating. Hard as it might be for some to believe, none of these steps render instant coffee a 'chemical-filled' product.

Instant coffee has many advantages.
Instant coffee has many advantages.© Canva

Researchers Investigate Instant Coffee

Journalists from sought the expertise of specialists to address the misconceptions surrounding instant coffee and dispel any health-related concerns once and for all. They approached Michael Ross MacDonald, a cardiologist from the Harley Street Heart & Vascular Centre, to compare instant and regular coffee:

Both are an excellent source of antioxidants and have been linked to numerous health benefits, including a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, liver cancer, endometrial cancer, Parkinson's disease, and depression.

Chrissy Arsenault, a dietitian consulted by Yahoo, echoed this by affirming that both coffee types contain an ample amount of antioxidants- mainly chlorogenic acid. However, due to the processing methods, instant coffee might contain slightly less of them. Both drinks can contribute to increased alertness, energy, and focus.

Appears as though there's no need to fear instant coffee. Naturally, it has less caffeine than regular coffee, but that doesn't undermine its benefits. It is still essential, however, to adhere to daily intake guidelines.

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