Which is healthier: filtered or unfiltered coffee?

In this text we will answer the question: “Which is healthier: filtered or unfiltered coffee?”. In addition, we will discuss the benefits and the problems of unfiltered coffee. Furthermore, we will discuss the benefits of the way you prepare your coffee.

Which is healthier: filtered or unfiltered coffee?

Filtered coffee is healthier as unfiltered coffee contains substances that increase blood cholesterol.  Filter coffee is coffee that passes through a paper filter, which retains most of the oils. 

Unfiltered coffee is coffee that does not pass through a paper filter, and this type of coffee does not pass through any type of filter, it is added directly to the water. Unfiltered coffee is often referred to as “boiled coffee”.

In filtered coffee, during the brewing process, the ground coffee passes through a paper filter, which filters the substances released by the beans when immersed in water. Drip or spill coffees are popular examples of this filtered method.

Unfiltered coffee, on the other hand, dispenses with the filter and is made by boiling ground coffee beans directly in boiling water and letting them steep briefly. The methods of making unfiltered or boiled coffee are Moka, Aeropress French Press, Turkish-style coffee and Espresso.

What are the benefits of unfiltered coffee?

A strong coffee, such as an espresso or a French press, will provide a great burst of energy that can be beneficial during exercise. And in theory, better performance can help strengthen your heart. It is not necessary for sedentary people only for athletes and people who do regular physical exercise, since caffeine helps in improving physical exercise performance, since caffeine improves potency, strength and endurance, thus being considered a great variant for pre-workout.

What are the problems with unfiltered coffee?

Unfiltered coffee can affect heart health to some extent. People who drink unfiltered vafé are more likely to die than people who drink filtered coffee, as these people have a higher risk of dying from heart disease and stroke.

You can have heart problems if you are used to making coffee in the French press, since the coffee made in this coffee maker has oily substances called dee and diterpenes, which can increase LDL cholesterol, and we already know that high levels of cholesterol in the blood can increase the chances of developing heart problems. These substances are found 30x more in unfiltered coffees than in filtered coffees.

In a note, Professor Dag S. Thelle, from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, says that unfiltered coffee contains substances that increase blood cholesterol. “Using a filter removes these substances and reduces the likelihood of a heart attack or premature death,” Thelle points out.

What are the benefits of filtered coffee?

Filtered coffee consumed in moderation, no more than 4 cups a day, can have some important benefits for the heart. People who drink at least 1 cup of coffee a day are less likely to have heart disease as small amounts of caffeine can work as heart protectors, or cardioprotective substances.

Coffee also has several substances that are healthy for the human body, such as vitamins and minerals, as well as polyphenols that have antioxidant properties and help prevent damage to human cells. Furthermore, these compounds help maintain blood sugar levels by improving the ability of blood vessels to contract and dilate. 

People who drink at least 1 cup of coffee a day typically have lower blood pressure, less weight gain, and a lower risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

How important is the way you prepare your coffee?

Once you prepare the coffee by adding the coffee beans directly to the water, the oils present in the coffee beans make contact with the water and intensify it. That is, the way you are preparing your coffee significantly influences your blood cholesterol levels.

French press coffee has the highest concentration of cafestol, but if you prepare your drink by passing it through a filter, the resulting drink will have less of this substance as the cafestol will be retained in the filter and will not go to the drink.

Conclusion

In this text we answered the question: “Which is healthier: filtered or unfiltered coffee?”. In addition, we discussed the benefits and the problems of unfiltered coffee. Furthermore, we discussed the benefits of the way you prepare your coffee.

Citations

https://www.thestar.com.my/lifestyle/health/2020/05/02/which-is-healthier-filtered-or-unfiltered-coffee

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