Mochas are coffee-based drinks that consist of three basic ingredients namely espresso, milk, and chocolate. Traditionally, mochas are flavored with sweetened cocoa powder but commercial versions are now often added with chocolate syrups for quicker preparation. Garnishing such as whipped cream, marshmallows or chocolate chips are common add-ons as well. Mochas are no doubt delectable and can give a quick energy boost, but its mixture of ingredients makes for a rather unhealthy drink.
Read further and discover more about the negative effects of mochas and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends you avoid this source of hydration to help in your quest to Become Superhuman.
While most coffee chains now offer decaffeinated mochas, most of these beverages are with caffeine. Caffeine has a variety of benefits, but just like any other drug, it also has its ill effects on health. This stimulant drug, for instance, is contraindicated in women who are trying to conceive or are already pregnant as it may extend gestation and may negatively impact the weight and size of the baby. Ingestion of caffeine is not recommended in individuals with anxiety disorders as well since it may further aggravate said conditions.
The espresso in mochas has been extracted from coffee beans as well, which is one of the many food products identified to contain ochratoxin A. Ochratoxin A has shown to have multiple biological effects and can damage the liver, brain and kidneys. It has consistently shown to negatively impact a developing fetus in animal studies as well. Another commonly present toxin in coffee beans is acrylamide, which forms on the surface of processed food products that have been heated with temperatures beyond 248 degrees Fahrenheit (120 degrees Celsius). This crystalline chemical compound has long been utilized as an industrial fluid thickener in ore processing as well as plastic and papermaking factories, and occupational exposure results in neurotoxicity and male reproductive toxicity. Since its presence in food has only been discovered in 2002, the jury is still out on its dietary effects.
Mochas are most often concocted with the use of regular cow’s milk as well. As you probably already know, this dairy product is harvested from animals raised in feedlots. The animals are given pharmaceuticals to guarantee continued milk production and this practice has resulted in the synthetic growth hormone called insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) to be transferred on to humans. IGF-1 is associated with a host of diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and even cancer. Dairy cattle are regularly administered with antibiotics, too, and experts fear that this might result in the rise of antibiotic-resistant pathogens which can potentially be transmitted to humans.
Mochas, much like blended coffee, are notoriously calorie-dense as well because of the array of added ingredients like milk chocolate syrups, marshmallows, and whipped cream, with upwards of 100 calories per 8-ounce serving of these beverages. Of course, sweeteners like processed sugar are used as well. Even the low-calorie versions of mochas are not in any way healthier as aspartame or acesulfame are used, sugar substitutes which have been linked to a host of conditions like headache, nausea, diabetes, and even cancer.
In the next post, I’ll tell you the negative effects of beer and why you should avoid it 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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