Optimize Your Coffee. Fuel Your Functional Health.
March 03, 2020
March 03, 2020
I won’t lie – coffee is arguably the Fieldlab team’s favorite subject to go deep on and one of the hidden biohacks we love to leverage. In so many ways, coffee replicates the human experience and the Fieldlab mission – conscious and purposeful optimization at every level in order to yield the most functional and beneficial results. Not to mention the taste!
Although coffee is one of the most widely consumed food products on earth, people rarely choose their coffee based on its health benefits — but we should. There is no dispute that the natural green coffee bean is a superfood with benefits including increased brain health and decreased inflammation among so many others. But poor production can compromise the health attributes of coffee at nearly every step in the process and unchecked roasting practices can create toxins that have adverse effects on our functional health. Unfortunately, that describes most of the consumer coffee available today.
Here’s are the factors present in your morning coffee that may be hurting your health:
Mold and subsequent mycotoxins are an unfortunate part of most of the coffee on the market as a result of poor processes at every level. While mold and mycotoxins are not the same, mycotoxins develop when unsafe roasting and storage practices are combined with certain strands of mold. Unfortunately, mycotoxins can penetrate the bean making it irreversibly toxic - these harmful compounds survive the roasting process and could have serious impacts on your health including immune system suppression, kidney damage and potentially cancer. Delving into the processes of your favorite coffee brand will likely reveal storage practices that compromise the integrity of the bean and an altogether lack of awareness regarding mold and mycotoxins. But not to worry, there is a solution!
Pesticides are a concerning aspect of the farming industry as a whole and can have many of the same health effects listed above. Coffee farming is no exception and presents even greater concern as green beans are grown almost exclusively in countries outside of the United States. As a result, there is limited oversight and awareness of what the beans are being exposed to. Like mycotoxins, pesticides are able to penetrate the bean and survive the roasting process, making it to the end product – your cup of coffee. Buying certified organic coffee is a great first step – but looking further into a company’s practice is essential in order to be certain you are not negatively impacting your health.
Sugar, syrups, chemical sweeteners, and dairy have become almost synonymous with coffee and companies are progressively adding more and more harmful ingredients and in higher quantities. While dairy is not a concern for all, ensuring that high quality dairy products are being used should be. Unfortunately, this is typically not the case as most well-known brands are using the cheapest product available to drive margins. Easy fix – bring your own! In addition, sugar is present in most, if not all caffeinated beverages available outside of your standard black coffee. Even if it says sugar-free, there are likely harmful chemical sweeteners present like sucralose or aspartame – keeping an eye out for these is critical as well. Larger, more well-known franchises often publish their ingredients online and if you don’t know, just ask. Again, the safest solution is typically just to bring your own natural sweetener or try some butter for a bulletproof brain boost. Doing your research in advance could prevent you from drinking something potentially toxic.
Fortunately, there is a company that has already done the work for you and their coffee tastes delicious.
Field Approved: Purity Coffee
We love Purity Coffee because they take extraordinary care of their coffee beans at every level —conscious sourcing, roasting and processing. And did I mention its delicious?
Recent analysis of over 100 different coffees representing 46 different brands ranked Purity as the clear leader. Purity was found to be 65% higher in antioxidants, on average, than all other organic coffee brands that were tested, while also being free of mold and mycotoxins.
The result: a coffee bean with enhanced health benefits and minimized adverse effects that you can feel great about drinking.
Don’t settle for anything less. Optimize your coffee and fuel your functional health.