Published On: Tue, Nov 8th, 2011

What’s in a cup of coffee?

What's in a cup of coffee

 

What’s in a

cup of coffee?

 Nathan Batalion, Global Health Activist, Healingtalks Editor
(Healingtalks) What’s in a cup of coffee?Coffee bean grindings and water of course. But when commercially-processed,  coffee has much more. Some yukky stuff. Want only the goodies? Bored by the same old routine brown concoction?
There are some great organic coffee choices…and ways of  creatively making superfood, superhealthy organic coffee!

What's in a cup of coffee

Good Stuff

 

Water

Water is a super solvent, helping to extract flavors and oils from coffee beans. A good cup of coffee is 98.75 percent water and 1.25 percent plant matter. Caffeine is a diuretic, so coffee newbies pee out the water quickly; java junkies build up resistance.

Caffeine

16 billion pounds of coffee beans are grown annually to deliver this most powerful of wake-me up ingredients. It’s an alkaloid plant toxin (like nicotine and cocaine), a bug killer that stimulates us by blocking neuroreceptors for the sleep chemical adenosine.

3,5 Dicaffeoylquinic acid

This is an anti-oxidant acid. Protects cells from free-radical damage.

Trigonelline and Niacin

A molecule of niacin and methyl group that breaks down into pyridines (these give coffee its sweet, earthy taste and also prevent the tooth-eating bacterium Streptococcus mutans from attaching to your teeth). So coffee can help fight the Cavity Creeps! Trigonelline breaks down the most when coffee is hot,. This releases niacin or vitamin B3.

What's in a cup of coffee

Yukky Stuff

Acetylmethylcarbinol

Its a skin and eye irritant.

Putrescine

What makes spoiled meat poisonous?  Ptomaines like putrescine are produced when E. coli bacteria in meat break down amino acids. Naturally present in coffee beans, it does smell wicked.

2-Ethylphenol 

Creates a tarlike, medicinal odor. Yuk…it’s also a component of cockroach alarm pheromones, chemical signals that warn the colony of danger.

Dimethyl disulfide

A product of roasting the green coffee bean, this compound is just at the threshold of detectability in brewed java.  Respiratory system irritant.

Video

Willing to try something different and superhealthy? Check out Dianna’s raw, organic coffee frappe:

Keywords

Ground coffee, coffee mate, cold coffee, raw coffee, instant coffee, commercial coffee, gourmet coffee, roasted coffee, coffee drinks, coffee beans, coffee types, coffee recipes, chemicals in coffee, flavoring in coffee.

Based on an article by Patrick di Justo in Wired.

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