When staying up late and tired, many people will come to a cup of instant coffee to refresh themselves. It’s not as good as freshly brewed coffee, but it’s more convenient, and instant coffee is much cheaper than freshly brewed coffee.
However, to see the ingredients in the list of food additives, presumably we still do not have sense of security.
Which is healthier, instant coffee or freshly ground coffee?
How about instant coffee?
We all know the advantages of instant coffee: very convenient and cheap, compared to go out to buy fresh coffee, instant coffee is very convenient.
As for the shortcomings, they should not be ignored:
May have trans fat
Plant fat in “three-in-one” coffee may contain trans fats, pay attention to the nutritional composition list, and choose instant coffee that does not contain trans fats.
A lot of sugar
Almost 80% of a bag (15 g) of instant coffee is sugar.
Adults are limited to about 50 grams of sugar a day, and if you drink two small bags of instant coffee, you consume 50 percent of your daily sugar intake.
How about freshly brewed coffee?
Whether coffee tastes good or not depends to a large extent on whether the aroma is strong or not.
Fresh ground coffee is better than fresh, coffee beans immediately after grinding brewed, immediately enjoyed by the people, to the maximum extent to retain the aroma of coffee.
Instant coffee, however, evaporates the water in the coffee extract, leaving the dry coffee extract, also known as coffee powder.
Because the aroma in the coffee is easy to be volatilized by the heat, the instant coffee has experienced a lot of twists and turns, both the taste and the aroma have been greatly reduced.
What’s in “three in one” instant coffee?
The commonest instant coffee on market, be no less than “3 in one” model: black coffee powder + candy + grandma essence (plant fat end) + other food additive.
In addition to ground coffee, a small bag of “three-in-one” instant coffee contains:
- Ground fat and casein: the main ingredients of coffee companions, the main source of milk flavor, can also make the taste smooth;
- Stabilizer and anti-knot agent: keep the stability of food texture, prevent coffee powder agglomeration, help to extend the shelf life;
- Thickening and emulsifying agents: to create a mellow taste;
- White granulated sugar and sweeteners: increase the sweetness;
- Flavor: to increase aroma and flavor;
- Salt: enhance the flavor, balance the astringency of coffee, make the taste soft.
In fact, businesses are putting great efforts to add different ingredients. On the one hand, it is to cater to the public’s preference for soft and mellow coffee drinks and sweet milk flavor; on the other hand, it is due to the consideration of factors such as the shelf life of the products.
As long as it is reasonable to add regular products, security do not need to worry about.
As mentioned before, what really matters is the sugar, saturated fat, and possibly trans fat in the “three in one” instant coffee.
As for the hot instant “white coffee” sold online, it is also a “three-in-one” coffee, only the coffee is roasted normally and then stir-fried with ingredients like sugar.
How many bags a day?
The currently accepted health limit for caffeine intake is 400 mg per day, and for pregnant or lactating women, that limit has to be halved to 200 mg.
A small bag of instant coffee (15 g) contains about 50 mg of caffeine, and when you consider the health effects of sugar and ground fat in instant coffee, it’s best not to drink more than 2-3 cups a day.
In the case of freshly ground coffee, the caffeine content is generally higher than that of instant coffee (so the pick-me-up effect is also better). A starbucks (large, 473 mL) americano with 200 mg or more of caffeine.
Is there any healthy instant coffee?
Forget the “three-in-one” coffee for a moment and try a combination of instant black coffee powder and milk. You don’t have to worry about the sugar and fat, plus the protein and calcium in the milk.
There are “premium instant coffees” that contain only coffee beans and are “freeze-dried” to retain the flavor of the coffee.