Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Is Brewed Coffee Healthier than Instant Coffee?

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Although instant java is highly processed, the caffeine and some of the healthy polyphenols found in brewed coffee are preserved because instant starts its life as brewed coffee. Really, instant is just brewed coffee that’s either been freeze- or spray-dried until the liquid is gone. But some of the polyphenols and the taste go, too; how much depends on which beans, what brewing process, and which drying method are used.

However, there’s a healthy twist to this story: Although brewed-coffee drinkers curl their lips at instant, the instant crowd is actually getting two-thirds more fiber than filtered-coffee drinkers are. Believe it or not, a 12-ounce cup of instant contains about 3 grams of fiber, compared to about 1.8 grams in the same amount of brewed. Bonus: The fiber helps your body absorb those polyphenols (plant substances that help your body help itself). So if you prefer instant, drink up, and laugh off the coffee snobs.They don’t know what they’re missing.

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