3. Organic Coffee Beans
Like most other foods in relation to their organic versions, coffee beans are a little more likely to be safe for you when they’re organic. In the case of coffee, there is some concern floating around regarding the presence of mycotoxins in non-organic coffee beans. In large amounts, mycotoxins can be harmful to the body. There is some truth to this danger, as the fungi that produce mycotoxins can easily end up growing on coffee beans, as well as other crops commonly consumed by humans. Generally, these levels are low enough as to not cause harm, at least for now.
The debate over mycotoxins is rather heated. While it is unquestionable that they can be dangerous for humans (and most animal forms of life), it is also argued that mycotoxins already pervade much of what we consume as it is, and because of such low levels of mycotoxin, we do not suffer significant harm from them. However, hearing this news, some coffee lovers may be tempted to look into coffee beans that are organic, or at least wet-processed, as these are believed less likely to be contaminated with mycotoxins. They also come with a healthy price point, so choose carefully.
2. Fatty Flavors
Coffee, as mentioned, has its pros and its cons. One idea to make coffee even more beneficial is adding butter. It sounds unusual, but it has become somewhat popular. Among its purported benefits are weight loss, more stable energy levels, rather than spikes and crashes, and feelings of fullness throughout the day. While there is a fair bit of controversy around the trend, if your primary concern is energy and feeling full, adding butter to your coffee may be something to consider. However, while you’re doing that, also consider what following the ‘official’ butter coffee version might be costing you:
This coffee recipe is intended to replace breakfast for a simple, high energy boost for your morning. Essentially, it includes two cups of coffee, along with two tablespoons of butter. For best results, use grass-fed and unsalted butter. You will also need a tablespoon or two of MCT oil, which is like a more powerful, concentrated version of coconut oil. The coffee, butter, and oil are all mixed in a blender. Drinking coffee in this manner will undoubtedly get you feeling full, but it may also leave you hungry, as coffee contains significantly fewer nutrients than a balanced breakfast.Related: The Dangers of Using K-Cups for Your Morning Cup of Coffee
In all likelihood, coffee will remain a favorite drink for the foreseeable future, and it’s easy to see why. After all, it can be quite enjoyable to drink, and it can also be beneficial. If you think of yourself as a coffee connoisseur, you might be interested in experimenting with different types of coffee beans and untraditional flavors. Just keep in mind the levels of caffeine you’re consuming, and be sure that you’re getting all of the nutrients you need from other sources. It’s also important to drink plenty of water to replace what is flushed out by the caffeine.Related: Does Caffeine Really Cause Dehydration?