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What’s the healthiest way to drink coffee? Study points to 1 technique

Coffee: Health effects of brewing methods

Coffee: Health effects of brewing methods

There are seemingly infinite formulations of coffee - latte, cold brew, dalgona, flat white, espresso. A recent analysis compared brewing methods and analyzed the health effects.

  • Moderately drinking filtered coffee (or drip coffee) is the healthiest as it resulted in the lowest risk of cardiovascular mortality. It may even boost longevity.
  • Unfiltered coffee is the most dangerous brewing approach because unfiltered coffee contains substances that increase "bad" LDL cholesterol. A filter removes these. Espressos, cappuccinos, Turkish coffee, and coffee made with a French press fall into this category.

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What’s the healthiest way to drink coffee? Study points to 1 technique

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Health benefits of filtered coffee

According to a study, drinking one to four cups of filtered coffee per day is associated with a 15 percent reduced risk of death from any cause compared to people who don't drink coffee. It could be because coffee is rich in antioxidants, including polyphenols.

Unfiltered coffee did not raise the risk of death compared to abstaining from coffee. However, in men aged 60 and above, unfiltered coffee was linked with elevated cardiovascular mortality.

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  • Roasting reduces the number of chlorogenic acids, but other antioxidant compounds are formed.
  • Instant coffee may not have the same health benefits.
  • The oil in boiled coffee has cafestol and kahweol, compounds known to raise LDL, the bad cholesterol, and slightly lower HDL, the good cholesterol. However, the clinical significance of such small increases in cholesterol may be questionable.
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  • A typical 12-ounce serving of drip coffee has 200 milligrams of caffeine.
  • Instant coffee has 140 milligrams of caffeine.
  • Espresso has the highest concentration of caffeine, 70 milligrams per one-ounce shot, but is consumed in smaller quantities.
  • Brewed decaf has caffeine too - about 8 milligrams.
  • Some people have a genetic variant that slows their metabolism for caffeine and keeps them awake deep into the night.

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