2. Cold-brew coffee
Another drink that’s gone from obscurity to everywhere, cold-brew coffee is smoother, sweeter, and much less acidic than traditional java. Because it’s brewed with cold water, it doesn’t undergo the same heat-induced chemical reactions as regular coffee, so less acid is drawn from the beans. And because it’s steeped for days and has a higher bean-to-water ratio, cold-brew has more caffeine, adds Amidor. While some companies claim it is healthier than regular coffee, she insists there isn’t sufficient research to confirm this. For now, assume they’re about equal, which means that just like regular coffee, cold-brew may be beneficial for your brain, heart, and metabolism.
Verdict: “If you have straight cold-brew coffee, you’re golden,” Amidor says. “It’s what beverage companies sometimes add to it that make it less healthy.” Most often, that’s sugar, even though cold-brew is naturally sweeter than traditional coffee to begin with. So again, read labels. If you’re a fan of milk or creamer in your coffee, and a bottled Starbucks Frappuccino is more your speed, look for a cold-brew that uses almond milk and isn’t artificially sweetened, suggests Alexandra Caspero, RD, nutrition coach, and founder of Delish Knowledge.
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