Coffee is a beverage that is loved by many all around the world. It is said to have antioxidants and is also a source of polyphenolic compounds in addition to other benefits. However, for some people, it may aggravate heartburn and stomach ache. When roasted, coffee beans’ naturally occurring acids release high amount of acids. Too much acidity in the stomach becomes a problem as the acid may leak into the oesophagus and people with irritable gut may find it problematic. But here are ways you can make the everyday coffee gut-friendly.
LOW ACID BEANS
Beans that are developed in lower regions are found to be naturally low in acid. Before buying, you must look for coffee beans that are marked ‘low acid’. Also, roasting them for long reduces their acid content.
COLD BREWED COFFEE
Cold brewing coffee extracts acid and bitter compounds from the beans which make it easier for the gut to tolerate. Cold brewed coffee is 65% less acidic than hot brewed.
Eggshell is a base (alkaline) and bases neutralize the acid. If you add grounded eggshells to your coffee beans it may neutralize the acid and other bitter combination that may irritate your stomach.
Try to enjoy your coffee with little or no sugar because sugar feeds bad microbes in the gut and artificial sweeteners may not be digested easily causing cramping and bloating resulting in diarrhoea.
Coffee fermented this way is said to not contain any bacteria that can be harmful to the gut that is why makers of double-fermented coffee claim it to be easier on the gut.
With so many coffee brands in the market, you might find one that gives you fewer gut problems and in case you don’t, these tips should come handy.