What are the benefits of drinking cold brew?
Snow is finally gone, temperatures are rising, and it's time to trade in your coat for sunglasses and sandals. It's also time for a lot of coffee drinkers to change the temperature of their morning joe — unless you like to drink iced coffee all year round.
No matter how you like your coffee, we can all agree that it's the only thing on this planet that is truly perfect. But when the temperature of our coffee changes, do the health benefits change, too? And specifically, does cold brew have more health benefits that hot coffee? That's a question coffee connoisseurs have asked since cold brew came into the scene and changed the way people consume their morning fix.
The short answer? No: The benefits are essentially the same, but there is one main difference.
There have been hundreds and hundreds of studies on the health benefits of coffee, but these usually focus on when it's served hot. There hasn't been a ton of research on cold brew vs. hot coffee — let's take a look at what we know.
Both hot and cold is full of antioxidants. It reduces the risk of a number of diseases, helps us perform better athletically, and can stop headaches. The biggest difference between hot and cold coffee? Acidity.
Hot coffee can be highly acidic (unless you're drinking Death Wish Coffee) and throws off your body's pH levels. If you're someone who suffers from acid reflux or a sensitive stomach, hot brew can cause discomfort and might not be your best option. Cold brew, on the other hand, is less acidic because of the way it's made, thus making it a better option for people who have acid reflux.
And because it's less acidic, you may find yourself reaching for cream and sugar less and less, which has its own health benefits.
So there you have it, coffee drinkers. No matter if you're serving coffee piping hot or over ice, the health benefits are pretty much the same. Drink up!
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