Blended coffee is just as its name implies, a coffee-based beverage mixed with a variety of ingredients such as whipped cream, milk, and chocolate. This is done not only to enhance the flavor but the texture and appearance of the drink as well. Consumption of this beverage has increased in the past years especially since chains specializing in blended coffee recipes have become ubiquitous in the United States. While no doubt a tasty treat, it may be wise to steer clear of blended coffee due to a variety of reasons.
Read further and discover more about the negative effects of blended coffee and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends you avoid this source of hydration to help in your quest to Become Superhuman.
Blended Coffee Risks:
Blended coffee can be made with the use of instant coffee or roasted ground coffee beans like Arabica. Both, of course, have the stimulant drug caffeine, of which the most known side effects are heightened alertness, irritability, gastrointestinal distress, and disrupted sleep cycles. Many are also aware that pregnant women are advised against caffeine consumption as perinatal exposure to the stimulant drug may result in the child having low birth weight and being small for its gestational age. Coffee consumption may also result in potentially risky post-term pregnancy.
But there are lesser known ill effects of coffee and caffeine consumption. For instance, those with panic disorder are advised against intake of the stimulant drug as said individuals appear to be particularly prone to its anxiety-inducing mechanism. Blended coffee made with instant coffee and taken simultaneously or after a meal may compromise dietary iron absorption as well.
Blended coffee made from roasted ground coffee beans may potentially contain a variety of toxins, too. An example would be ochratoxin A, which is a type of mycotoxin brought about by mold growth in the coffee beans. Worse, roasting coffee beans is not effective at reducing mycotoxins. Another potentially toxic compound in blended coffee is acrylamide, which are minute crystals that form on the surface of food products that have been subjected to temperatures exceeding 248 degrees Fahrenheit (120 degrees Celsius). Research on the ill effects of dietary acrylamide are sparse. However, animal models consistently demonstrate its carcinogenicity. Also, studies on workers who worked in industries like papermaking and ore processing and where acrylamide is used as a fluid thickener have shown that occupational exposure results in neurotoxicity.
Blended coffee comes with a variety of ingredients, too, the most commonly used of which are regular cow’s milk, skim milk, whipped cream, milk chocolate and sugar. Regular dairy products contain insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), which in humans have been found to stimulate cancer cell growth. Milk chocolate, meanwhile, contains sweeteners and hydrogenated oils that are associated with the development or worsening of inflammatory diseases, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Undue consumption of sugar and other sweeteners, meanwhile, has also been linked to aforementioned conditions as well as depression, pancreatic cancer and fatty liver disease.
All the added ingredients contribute to the total caloric content in blended coffee as well, with popular blended coffee choices containing anywhere from 100 to 300 calories per 8 ounce serving. And with recent findings showing that reducing 100 calories from drinks is more efficient in terms of weight loss as compared to cutting the same amount of calories from food, then individuals trying to manage their weight may want to seriously consider avoiding blended coffee.
In the next post, I’ll tell you the negative effects of lattes and why you should avoid them to help in your quest to Become Superhuman.
In the meantime, if you care to jump ahead, here is a complete listing of drinks to avoid as well as consume regularly and moderately on the Superhuman Food Pyramid:
- Non-Caffeinated Teas
- Coconut Milk
- Raw, Grass-Fed Cow or Goat’s Milk
- Sports Drinks
- Smoothies (With Natural Ingredients)
- Arabica Coffee Regular and Decaf
- Caffeinated Tea (includes Green Tea)
- Anti-Oxidant Drinks or Powders
- Rice Milk
- Almond Milk
- Red Wine
- Energy Drinks
- Flavored Waters
- Soy Milk
- Regular Cow’s Milk
- Instant Coffee
- Blended Coffee
- Mixed Drinks
- Hard Alcohol
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