Is drinking coffee good for diabetics?

Diabetes and coffee. Is it good to drink it?

Almost every tenth Czech is a diabetic. The statistics of diabetes are on the rise. In fact, it is a worldwide epidemic. Maybe you don't even know about it and you are among the at-risk group with the first signs of prediabetes?

I certainly don't want to scare you. I'm just trying to draw attention to the fact of a creeping disease that we all kind of know about but can't really deal with. Out of concern for burdening people with diabetes, whether it's you or someone close to you, you then fret over questions about otherwise mundane tasks. For example, drinking coffee with diabetes. So, is it a good idea?

Drink coffee even with diabetes

If you like it and your doctor doesn't forbid it.

All the coffee lovers who were worried about the negative effect of their favourite drink on diabetes are now relieved. But beware, this is what you should consider about coffee and diabetes:

  1. More than 5 cups of coffee per day could increase the risk of impaired glucose tolerance (see study by E. E. Agardh et al.)
  2. Coffee and milk or (the salivating combination) coffee and cake is not the same as a cup of black coffee. Of course,sugars and fats in milk and desserts are not appropriate in diabetes
  3. changes in the metabolic system have been discovered when drinking coffee before or after meals. So, above all , it is better not to havecoffee before breakfast.
  4. Remember the rapid emergence of coffee addiction or shifting caffeine tolerance. As the desired energy would come with more and more cups of coffee, you could get back to point one.

How to make coffee for diabetics

Another advice on how to coffee for diabetes is drinking filtered coffee. Even more specifically, drinking coffee prepared through apaper filter. I'll explain right away why this is so important.

  • Coffee contains Cafestol and Kahweol
  • because of them, coffee has been linkedto an increase in LDL cholesterol
  • LDL cholesterol is known as the "bad" cholesterol
  • the inconveniences associated with LDL cholesterol are more significant in diabetics
  • the concentration of Cafestol and Kahweol in coffee is minimised by the use of a paper filter

Instructions for preparing coffee through a paper filter

Paper is the standard method of filtration in many coffee preparation methods. Typically this is coffee from adrip coffee machine. It is also used in the preparation of manual drip coffee from most drippers, especially theHario V60. Also, coffee from Chemex is traditionally prepared through a paper filter with as many as four layers.

Recipe for drip coffee:
Insert the paper filter into the dripper. Rinse it with a stream of hot water. This will wash away the unwanted paper aftertaste. Now you can pour the ground coffee onto the rinsed filter.

Pour a measured amount of coffee water into the reservoir of the dripper. Place the coffee pot under the dripper and turn it on. Wait for the freshly filtered coffee. It will be ready in 5 minutes.

60 g roasted coffee
1000 ml coffee water (ideally filtered)
medium coarse setting the coarseness of the grind of the coffee on the grinder
within 5 minutes coffee brewing time

*Adjusting the coarseness of the grind will change the brewing time and thus the flavour tendencies of the coffee. Grind finer if the coffee flows through the filter quickly and will taste more like sour notes. Conversely, if the bitterness is strong and the brewing time is long, change the grind to coarser.

What are suitable drinks for diabetics?

So far it has been about coffee, as a complex drink. The components of coffee include mainly caffeine, but also potassium, magnesium, antioxidants, etc. Thesoluble fiber content is also interesting . It is higher in coffee than, for example, in juice and thus a cup of coffee attributes another positive point in a diabetic diet.

Caffeinated drinks and diabetes

The main representative of caffeinated beverages is coffee. There have been many studies and meta-analyseson the association of coffee with diabetes . In the vast majority of them, coffee comes out as a beverage with protective properties against diabetes.

A nearly 20-year study with 10,000 participants aged between 30 and 65 years shows areduced risk of diabetes when drinking coffee. Large studies conducted in Spain and Japan report improved insulin sensitivity with coffee drinking. However, in studies without significant positive effects of coffee on diabetes , nonegative effects on diabetes risk have been reported .

Other well-known caffeinated beverages such as energy drinks, iced tea and colas carry with them a negative effect for diabetes. In addition to caffeine, they contain a lot of sugars.

What about decaffeinated coffee for diabetics?

If we take out the most important active ingredient in coffee - caffeine - and have decaffeinated coffee, the drink still has something to offer to protect our health from diabetes. However, only in non-obese people and those under 60.

For decaffeinated coffee, which may be useful later in the day, for example, look for themethod of decaffeinationwhen making your choice . Removing caffeine from coffee can be done in different and not entirely gentle ways. At Spa Coffee, we roast decaffeinated beans naturally using sugar cane.

What should I drink if I have diabetes?

  1. Water. Perhaps lemon-flavored or enjoy the pure taste of water from a filter kettle.
  2. Teas. Black or green, and theherbal spa teas from the Wallachian garden areexcellent .
  3. Unsweetened mineral water. For example, take a trip to Luhačovice and visit our roasting plant.
  4. Coffee. Follow the tips mentioned in the article above and, above all, the recommendations of your doctor.

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