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The Nutritional Content of Coffee – To Have or Not to Have?

Elvis Elvis

What is the nutritional content of coffee? There are a lot of concerns about the relationship between coffee and health.

Coffee lovers would like to find even the slightest justification that their favorite brew is not contributing to the destruction of their health.

Coffee haters would like to find even the slightest reason why the whole world should not drink coffee.

Whichever side of the divide you happen to be, one of the best ways to make decisions is from an abundance of information, rather than from ignorance.

Knowing the nutritional content of coffee is a first step to deciding whether or not to partake of this brew.

The nutritional content of roasted coffee beans varies depending on the type, roasting, and other factors.

The following table gives a rough guide of the nutritional content in each gram of roasted coffee beans.

calories

2.3 calories

iron

0.029 milligrams

caffeine

11-14 milligrams

thiamine

0.706 milligrams

carbohydrates

0.63 grams

riboflavin

0.508 milligrams

fats

0.18 grams

niacin

0.170 milligrams

proteins

0.13 grams

calcium

1.5 milligrams

fiber

0.076 grams

phosphorus

2.0 milligrams

You’ll notice from the table that the overall nutritional content of coffee is very low. There’s really nothing much to a cup of coffee, except water, flavor, aroma, and caffeine. Of course the content will increase with the addition of sugar and cream, so take these into consideration.

The Nutritional Content of Coffee   To Have or Not to Have?

The Caffeine Content of Coffee

The other concerns surrounding coffee and health are those related to its caffeine content.

The caffeine content in a cup of coffee will vary depending on its origin, method of brewing, composition of the blend, and the strength of the brew.

Robusta coffees usually have about double the caffeine content of arabica coffees. Instant coffees will generally contain less caffeine compared to roast or ground coffee.

That on its own does not tell you how much caffeine you’re consuming when you take a cup of coffee. It’s just a rough guide. There are too many parameters to consider, which makes it difficult to determine how much caffeine is in your coffee – or how much caffeine you are consuming!

I might take only one cup of coffee made from roasted arabica, while you might decide to take 10 cups of instant coffee. That on its own will vary the caffeine content that you and I end up consuming.

If you’re very worried about the caffeine content in coffee, you could consider taking decaffeinated coffee.

Decaffeination has come as one of the solutions to reducing the amount of caffeine in coffee, and is usually able to reduce the caffeine by about 98%. In order to comply to the EC regulations, decaffeinated green coffee must contain less than 0.1% of caffeine or about 3 mg in a cup (150 ml or 5 oz in the US) of decaffeinated coffee.

The table below gives a rough guide on the content of caffeine in 12 ounces of some common beverages.

Espresso

600-900 milligrams

Drip coffee

170-275 milligrams

Percolator coffee

120-200 milligrams

Instant coffee

90-150 milligrams

Tea

45-100 milligrams

Cola

37-45 milligrams

Hot chocolate

15-30 milligrams

I hope that this information helps you to make informed decisions about coffee and your health. At the end of the day, you are the one taking the coffee, and you’re the one in the best position to decide how much is enough for you.

Generally, you’re considered a high caffeine user if you consume more than 400 mg each day, and a low user if you use less than 200 mg each day. Remember, caffeine is not only in coffee. You’ll find caffeine in tea, cocoa and chocolate drinks, dark and cooking chocolate, soft drinks, and even in drugs (some pain killers).

Have an enlightened day!