Almost everyone loves coffee, especially in the United States. In fact, in 2012, they have reached the highest number of coffee drank in a day. The US is also the home of the most famous coffee shop in the world, which is Starbucks. According to the National Coffee Association, more and more people are drinking coffee compared to other beverages such as soda, energy drinks and more.
However, coffee is also one of the unhealthiest drinks there is especially if the body consumes too much of it. According to research, if a person consumes more than five cups of coffee a day, the liver could actually get damaged. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases said that coffee has the power to detoxify the body, but too much of it could get in the way of how life should be.
Too much coffee could also stimulate the heart and lead to shallow breaths, which means high blood pressure is a big tendency. Since so many people drink coffee everyday, a new invention has gone viral and it is known as broccoli coffee.
Australian researchers introduce broccoli coffee
Broccoli Coffee Is Here
When the news broke out there is now such a thing as broccoli coffee, people have mixed feelings about it since it is not exactly that appealing when you think about it. Some people even refer to it as “unsightly”, then again, broccoli has always been one of the healthiest food so there is absolutely no harm in trying healthy options. It is not exactly ground up broccoli that you mix on a food processor before mixing into a coffee since it is not exactly that appetizing, it is more of a dried, powered-like broccoli that will simply be stirred on your cup of coffee.
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This idea was actually created by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization or the CSIRO, together with Hort Innovation. When it was released, they revealed that it has gotten mixed reviews from the coffee-loving people who tried it at a Melbourne café.
However, the CSIRO said that coffee is not exactly the only thing that can be done with the powdered broccoli, this is because it could also be mixed into different drinks like juices and smoothies, and could also be mixed into cupcakes, muffins and of course soups. If you want to be able to get the ample amount of vegetables on it, two tablespoons of the broccoli powder are equivalent of one serving of broccoli, so a couple of scoops would be ideal.
According to John Lloyd of Hort Innovation, the Australian government recommends a more than five servings to be able to consume as many nutrients such as Vitamins A, C, K, and B6, together with some potassium and magnesium. The powder basically gets added into the espresso and then the steamed milk gets added after it before just a broccoli powder is sprinkled at the top of the drink.
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He mentioned how a lot of fruits and vegetables get wasted if it starts to look “ugly”, even in store shelves since no one would want it anymore. What people don’t know is that these vegetables can still be used for juicing and be made into what they refer to as “superfood” powder just like the broccoli. He said that kale and chia have been used like this for a while now so this is technically not a new method.
However, the entire broccoli is actually being used to make the powder, so there will be no wasted chunks that will be throw out unlike when cooking the said vegetable. According to Mary Ann Agustin, the research leader of this project, the CSIRO and the short innovation are now looking into producing and distributing these broccoli powder in the market.
The nutrients from the broccoli powder are definitely good but health experts believe that there is no better way to consume vegetables than to have them fresh as a meal or as a drink. The powdering process of the broccoli might lose some of its natural components and this doesn’t exactly make coffee any healthier. A person still can’t consume more than five cups of coffee a day even with the broccoli powder. Consuming broccoli can definitely detoxify the body, the National Cancer Institute even confirmed that eating broccoli and other vegetables is a good way of preventing cancer. However, there is absolutely no harm in trying the broccoli powder, just don’t expect it to have better effects than fresh broccoli.