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What Is Healthier: Coffee or Chicory

Chicory coffee is a popular coffee substitute that is often referred to as a healthier alternative.

Together with 5-Minute Crafts, we are going to find out whether it’s true.

Coffee

  • Coffee has a richer and brighter taste and a more saturated aroma than chicory.
  • Coffee beans contain caffeine, which is a stimulant of the nervous system. It can reduce drowsiness and fatigue, as well as improve concentration and coordination of movements. However, large amounts of caffeine can also lead to side effects such as irritability, nervousness, headaches, muscle tremors, etc.
  • Coffee can affect the digestive system negatively — it can cause an increase in acid levels in the stomach, bloating, vomit and other consequences if consumed on an empty stomach.
  • Pregnant women can safely drink about 200 mg of caffeine per day, which is equal to one large cup.
  • Coffee is a good source of antioxidants. Its beans contain vitamin B2 and magnesium.
  • Coffee helps maintain brain health, it can be beneficial for liver and cardiovascular health, and improve focus and physical endurance.
  • Coffee can be unsafe for pregnant women and kids in big amounts. It can also increase anxiety and conditions associated with bipolar disorder, as well as worsen blood clotting, and cause diarrhea when consumed in large amounts. Drinking coffee is not recommended for people with high blood pressure, epilepsy, or irritable bowel syndrome.

Chicory coffee

  • The taste of chicory coffee is not identical to the taste of coffee but it is very similar. It resembles espresso to some people, which characterizes it as warm, wooden-earthy with a nutty tinge.
  • Chicory is caffeine-free, so it may be a healthier alternative for those who are advised not to consume caffeinated beverages.
  • Chicory coffee contains inulin — the natural prebiotic, which promotes the growth of useful bacteria when it gets to the intestines.
  • Chicory-based drinks are not recommended for pregnant women. Chicory can cause uterine contractions, endangering the health of mother and child. The drink can provoke bleeding and even lead to a miscarriage when consumed in large amounts.
  • Chicory contains a significant amount of vitamins K, A, C, and B vitamins. It also has a moderate amount of vitamin E. Chicory root is also a good source of calcium, phosphorus, and folic acid.
  • Chicory has a mild laxative and decongestant effect; it enhances the outflow of bile from the gallbladder. It can positively affect the level of cholesterol in the blood, as well as the health of the cardiovascular and digestive systems. Chicory also has strong anti-inflammatory properties that can be used to relieve certain conditions (such as osteoarthritis, for example).
  • Some people can be allergic to chicory.
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