Cold brew coffee is a process where the extraction of the coffee happens through cold water, which makes the coffee less bitter and just as delicious. As the weather begins to heat up here in Australia, this brewing method is my new favorite way to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning.
There are many great benefits to drinking coffee whilst following the ketogenic diet, but here are some points on coffee that will help you understand why coffee in moderation might be your best friend:
1 – Cold Brew Coffee Contains Less Caffeine, Which Is A Good Thing
Due to the longer steeping process and colder temperature, a cup of coffee brewed in this way will contain less caffeine than a regular cup of coffee brewed in the same way. By infusing the coffee for a longer period of time, it reduces its effective caffeine content.
The reason why it’s good is that too much caffeine can cause your adrenals to react, which spikes your insulin levels and can affect your level of ketosis. Limit your coffee to 2 cups per day max, and you shouldn’t see any adverse effects on your ketone production.
If you’re looking for a warm cup, maybe my Keto Coffee recipe might be the thing you like better.
2 – Drinking Coffee Prior to Aerobic Exercise Will Increase Your Fat Loss
According to this study, if you are an endurance athlete or someone who enjoys running, cycling, swimming or any other aerobic exercise, you could lose up to 22% more body fat simply by adding caffeine before your workout.
3 – Cold Brew Is Less Bitter And Better For Those With Sensitive Stomachs
When coffee is brewed with hot water, it generally has a higher acidic content than when it is brewed with cold water. Coffee is considered an acidic substance anyway, but being able to reduce the PH levels of coffee might help for those with acid reflux or sensitive stomachs.
4 – Cold Brew Coffee Is Easier And Quicker To Drink
On a hot summers morning or post-ride in the hot sun, the last thing you want to be doing is drinking a hot cup of coffee. Its also much easier to make as well. Not fuss around hot coffee machines, this method is so simple that you can even steep the coffee in a wine bottle overnight, and filter out the grounds when you pour your cup of coffee. It’s that simple.
5 – Coffee has anti-aging effects
According to this study, “The presence of several bioactive compounds, such as polyphenols and caffeine, implicates coffee as a potential nutritional therapeutic in aging. Moderate (three to five cups a day) coffee consumption in humans is associated with a significant decrease in the risk of developing certain chronic diseases.”
That’s a pretty good reason to have a cup of coffee each day!
6 – You don’t need any fancy equipment
You can get a Cold Brew Coffee Maker which makes your life a lot easier, but you don’t have to have any equipment at all. The only recommendation is that I’d suggest using glass instead of plastic, as the acidic content of the coffee could cause nasty chemicals to leach out of your plastic container.
I use a $9 tea maker from Kmart here in Australia, but it’s up to you (wine bottles also work perfectly as well).