Is coffee healthy? Well, unfortunately the answer isn’t as simple as a yes or no.
Research seems to show that there is plenty of evidence to support that coffee is good for you and that coffee is bad for you, so it can be confusing.
Instead of asking whether coffee is healthy or not, it’s actually more important to ask whether the quality of your coffee is up to par, because there is going to be a big difference in the health benefits of your coffee depending on how it’s processed.
Is Coffee Healthy?
Research shows that there are indeed many benefits of coffee. Just check out some of the amazing effects that coffee can have below…
- Huge source of antioxidants (1)
- Lower risk of diabetes (2)
- Lower risk of prostate cancer (3)
- Lower chance of depression (4)
- Less likely to get breast cancer (5)
- May improve cognitive function (6)
- Boosts metabolism (7)
There are clearly so many positive benefits of coffee, so what could possibly be the problem? Well, mycotoxins are the problem…
Many Coffee Beans Contain Mycotoxins from Mold That Can Affect Your Health
Maybe you’ve never heard of mycotoxins, but you’ve probably seen them and weren’t even aware they were mycotoxins! You see, mold contains mycotoxins. That’s why you might inspect a new house for mold and remove it if you find it, because people know that mold can cause health issues.
What a lot of people don’t know is that some food products like coffee can contain mold which grow on the beans of cheap coffee. This mold contains mycotoxins that can adversely affect your health.
Some say that up to 90% of green coffee beans contain mycotoxins. (8)
While others say that almost 40% of brewed coffee contains this mycotoxin containing mold. (9)
Mycotoxins in mold have been associated with the following issues:
- They can be carcinogens, so could contribute to certain cancers (10)
- May cause hormonal disruption (11)
- May cause neurological effects & neurotoxicity (12, 13)
It is possible to get better quality coffee that doesn’t compromise your health
One of the best ways to ensure that your coffee has low amounts of mycotoxins is to make sure it comes from a single source. Avoid coffee blends because they usually mix cheap beans from different farms that contain more mold. Choosing arabica beans can also help cut down on mold since they are generally less moldy than robusta beans.
One of my favorite brands of good quality low-toxin coffee is Bulletproof Coffee Beans. They source from a single farm and use arabica beans. They are also very invested in high quality foods that are low in toxins.
My favorite healthy coffee:
I love the Bulletproof brand of coffee beans because it is low-toxin. I also love that Bulletproof Coffee has popularized adding Grass Fed Ghee and Brain Octane (a concentrated type of MCT oil from coconut oil) to your morning cup of coffee. Not only does this taste AMAZING, but it also has some amazing health benefits.
What is Bulletproof Coffee?
Although Bulletproof is a brand of coffee, it is also a type of coffee drink where you mix coffee with Grass Fed Ghee and MCT oil or Bulletproof’s Brain Octane Oil ( which is like coconut oil times 100).
Benefits of bulletproof coffee:
- Bulletproof Coffee Beans undergo lab testing to verify that it meets high quality and purity standards.
- Bulletproof Coffee Beans are grown at high altitude on single estates in Guatemala. They are hand-harvested and roasted.
- Brain Octane Oil (which is a key ingredient of Bulletproof Coffee), helps support your metabolism, supports cognitive performance and is made from 100% coconut oil.
- Grass Fed Ghee is rich in vitamins A, D & E and is free of lactose and casein (but it still tastes rich and buttery!)
- Grass Fed Ghee contains CLA which benefits the heart, the immune system and metabolism. It also contains vitamin K2 which supports strong bones.
- Bulletproof Coffee is made with low-toxin coffee, Grass Fed Ghee and Brain Octane Oil may help give you sustained energy, stable blood sugar and a healthy metabolism.
How Bulletproof Coffee helps me during the colder seasons:
When it gets darker out earlier in the winter and the air gets cold, it can be hard to maintain your focus and stay active. I try to allow myself some “me time” to just enjoy the season, spend time with family and have gratitude for my life as it is now. I love having Bulletproof Coffee in the morning as my warm winter beverage. I love that it tastes so rich and delicious without any sugar, lactose or casein (although ghee comes from butter it has most of the lactose and casein removed and all the healthy goodness intact!). It keeps my brain working strong, keeps my blood sugar and appetite stable and gives me sustained energy throughout the day.
Bulletproof offers great starter kits if you’re new to the concept of Bulletproof Coffee. I recommend starting with their low-toxin coffee, Grass Fed Ghee and Brain Octane Oil.
Recipe for Bulletproof Coffee:
Although Bulletproof is a brand of coffee, it is also a type of coffee drink where you mix coffee with Grass Fed Ghee and MCT oil or Bulletproof's Brain Octane Oil ( which is like coconut oil times 100). It's a great occasional breakfast replacement!
Brew 2 cups of coffee according to your coffee maker or french press instructions. I generally do 2.5 tbsp ground coffee to 8-12 oz. of water.
In a large jar or a blender, add the ghee and Brain Octane Oil. You can either blend it together in a blender or use a stick blender to blend it in the jar.
When you blend it it will become rich, creamy and a little foamy...all without adding any sugar!
Drink up and enjoy!