Drinking plants, instead of coffee, has benefits

Drinking plants, instead of coffee, has benefits

Drinking coffee in the morning is a routine for millions of people. Nothing beats that first sip; it instantly gets you ready for the day. But what if we told you that you could enjoy a different cup of Joe, and that it would be better for your health?

Coffee is a crowd favorite around the world. It’s notable for its smell and aroma, along with its high amounts of caffeine. While coffee is rich in antioxidants and offers a boost of energy, it does come with side effects.

Coffee has high amounts of alkaloids, organic compounds that cause physiological effects on humans. While this is not detrimental to most, consuming caffeine every day can increase blood pressure and irregularities in heart rate.

In response to this, coffee substitutes are on the rise. Known as “herbal coffee,” these substitutes are hot drinks created by roasting different parts of the plants, most often leaves, roots, fruits and seeds.

Plants such as acorns, dandelions, wild lupins, chicory, figs, nuts and carob  are roasted until they acquire the color and taste of coffee. Even mushrooms, which aren’t plants, but fungi, can be used. After the dark brown color and deep flavor are reached, phytochemicals are added to the roast to increase its health benefits. This adds both anti-inflammatory and lipid-lowering properties. Herbal coffee can be found in online stores.

Herbal coffee provides the same benefits as regular coffee and comes without the increased risk of health conditions or that jittery feeling. And as an added bonus: You can drink it in the evening without the worry that it’ll keep you up all night.

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