Dietary Fiber & Coffee

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No time for cereal this morning? No problem, grab a coffee instead. Already recognized as a source of healthful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds, coffee also contains significantly higher levels of soluble dietary fiber than other commonly consumed beverages, including red wine and orange juice.

Coffee is a complex chemical mixture that reportedly contains more than 1,000 different compounds, some of which have been linked to both positive and negative effects on human health. But while scientists have known for years that coffee beans are rich in soluble dietary fiber, further research is just beginning.

In a recent study, researchers used a special technique for measuring dietary fiber in beverages to show that brewed coffee contains a significant amount of soluble dietary fiber (the type of fiber that dissolves in water and helps prevent cholesterol from being absorbed by the intestines).

The findings mean that consumption of just 1 cup of java a day represents a contribution of nearly 2 grams of the recommended intake of 20 to 38 grams of this essential nutrient.

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When it comes to instant coffee, espresso and filtered coffee, instant coffee is the leader as it contains the most fiber – about 1.8 grams per cup. Espresso roughly 1.5 grams of soluble dietary fiber per cup, and filtered coffee contains 1.1 grams.

In order to reach the recommended daily intake of about 31 grams of fiber a day, a person would have to drink a lot of coffee – about 17 cups of instant.

But that does not mean you should drink coffee in favor of veggies and whole grains. No way.

In addition to fiber, coffee also contains caffeine—around 100 milligrams per cup. So it’s far better to get fiber from a variety of fiber-rich foods that do not contain caffeine and are also packed with other healthy compounds. Beans, whole grains, fruits and vegetables are still the leading sources. According to the National Coffee Association, more than 80 per cent of adults in the U.S. drink an average of 3.2 cups of java every day, which could amount to nearly one third of the recommend daily intake of fiber.

But, of course, a cup is relative these days. A “grande” (medium size) cup at Starbucks, for instance, could pack as much as three grams of fiber, about the same as a raw apple and 20 percent or more of the average American’s daily intake.

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{ 6 comments }

jyothi g.m.

i need amount of dietary fibre in coffee powder and in coffee waste

Lou Barista

That is another reason why I love my automatic espresso machine. Not only does it give me a charge in the morning but it is also healthy for you!

Lisa Maire

For anyone looking to consume 25g of Fiber into their daily diet, I sell the softdrink, NuVitae.
It’s 100% natural with Vitamins, 12.5g of Fiber and 12.5 of Soluble fiber per can.
It tastes like sprite, has 56 calories and no additives, sugar or preservatives. The fiber is a natural appetite suppressant and will aid with weight-loss programs.

Wasim@Coffee Percolator Brands

So does this mean that the Espresso Coffee Maker maintains a balanced amount of dietary fiber per cup? Does it mean that these Espresso Machines are the best bet if you want to be strike the right balance with the unhealthy and healthy aspects of coffee? I really feel so. Thanks for such a useful post. Coffee contains 1000 compounds, that’s some revelation for me. Great stuff indeed!

Larry J @ Capresso Espresso Machine

This is great news that coffee and espresso are recognized as a great source for soluble dietary fiber. It is good to know that coffee and espresso is good for you as well as helping you wake up in the morning.

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I am a holistic health practitioner and a columnist on holistic health here in Edmonton, Alberta. You may view my published columns at the following link: http://www.seemagazine.com/author/roberta-shepherd/

Regular consumption of coffee presents far more cons than the minute source of fiber it provides that can be obtained from MANY other sources. Too much coffee especially taxes the adrenal glands, does a number on the lower digestive system, and creates dependance! Coffee is far too acidic to justify recommending it as a daily source of fiber. An overly acidic internal environment sets up the conditions for disease to form. What would one rather have, the extra small amount of fiber, or a body more prone to disease? The fiber is easy to get otherwise, a healthy body is indispensable.

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