They are fast, cheap, seemingly healthy and are a good way to get our daily dose of caffeine. However, the OCU warns that they have unexpected ingredients
It’s undeniable. Our relationship with coffee is well established since time immemorial. It is reinforced and consolidated year after year, as more and more people and younger people surrender to the noble virtues of this universal drink. At least, this is what the data extracted from the study conducted by the National Coffee Association of the United States. They conclude that coffee consumption among young adolescents and among those in their thirties has increased by 23%. For their part, consumers over the age of forty now drink twice as much as a decade ago.
And, let’s face it, there is no better alarm than savoring a well-made coffee, as well as smelling the roasted aroma that this brew distilled in the morning. And there is no more evocative sound than that of the teaspoons and the small glass of cups and cups of the cafeteria we went to early.
According to the OCU, in most of these varieties, the contribution of coffee hardly reaches the more than discrete 1%
It is, therefore, a drink that mightily demand our attention and for which many feel true passion. This predilection is what has prompted numerous brands to introduce a wide range of drinks and preparations on the supermarket lines that are presented as tasty and healthy alternatives to traditional coffee. In addition, they include portable containers that allow us to taste them whenever we want and at any time of the day.
Therefore, they have found a reef among a wide spectrum of consumers who find in this type of preparations a good way to obtain their daily caffeine dose . Of course, according to OCU, there are some issues that the creative brands of this type of drink have “forgotten” to mention and that directly affect our health. But what exactly does this organism refer to?
Coffee drinks that don’t have coffee
Both beverages in a glass format, available in the refrigerated or regular drinks section, and self-heating containers include a lot of ingredients, less coffee. According to the OCU, in most of these varieties, the contribution of coffee hardly reaches the discrete 1%. Even in its analysis, the agency found that in some proposals the amount they included was quite small: they did not exceed 0.4%. So our palate, instead of tasting coffee, will rather have to settle for recalling the pleasant memory that the last coffee ‘really’ left him.
Three times less caffeine than a classic coffee
In general, the coffee we make at home usually provides about 128 mg per 100 ml. Of course, if we look at the nutritional label of these drinks, we can immediately verify that the vast majority of these versions of coffee have 39 mg of caffeine per 100 ml. That is, three times less than artisan coffee, according to the OCU. Likewise, this body found that the amount did not vary in the larger formats of 330 ml. Therefore, it is not difficult to deduce that the stimulating capacity of these coffee drinks is more than discreet.
Generous in sugar
At this point, all consumers are familiar with the risks – increased glycemic index, increased chances of suffering from diabetes, overweight and some metabolic diseases – resulting in high sugar consumption. This issue seems not to be relevant for brands that make this type of beverage. At least, this is what is deduced from the information that the OCU shows on its web portal. This organization points out that, although there are differences to take into account between some brands and others, the majority usually have high sugar content, far exceeding 10 mg or, what is the same, the two teaspoons that we would put to coffee in House.
More calories than our house coffee
the characteristics described, it is not difficult to deduce that these types of preparations have a higher caloric intake than the coffee we traditionally make at home. According to the OCU, “the total calories range between about 60 kcal per container and about 277 kcal. It depends on whether they carry whole or skim milk, sugar or sweeteners, with cream or without cream, with more product per container …”
. On the contrary, a cup of coffee with only one sugar provides about 35 kcal; with milk, approximately 57 kcal. With this data, it is clear which is the healthiest version.
The OCU has also detected that these coffee versions often contain various ingredients that detract from nutritional value, denature them and, therefore, make them less healthy. And, unlike traditional coffee, these alternatives include additives such as stabilizers, emulsifiers, thickeners, and even flavor regulators. Moreover, they found that the proposals of some brands incorporated other unexpected ingredients, such as cocoa, caramel syrup, chocolate, cream, vanilla extract, and even amino acids.