Coffee vs. Espresso!
With Americans consuming more coffee than they have in six years, you may very well fall into the category of the 64% of people in the U.S. who enjoy their daily cup of joe.
On one hand, it’s a good thing, since studies have shown that those who have their brew seem to maintain a healthier lifestyle than those who keep away from coffee altogether.
But with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommending to have a limited intake of caffeine each day, 400 mg to be precise, it’s easy to wonder whether you’re letting coffee have a larger part in your daily diet than you should.
And that brings us to the larger debate: if you are a regular coffee drinker and want to enjoy a healthy caffeine intake, should you go with regular coffee or espresso?
Coffee or Espresso? Which One is Better for Caffeine Intake?
It is a widely believed notion that if you are to cut down your caffeine intake, then you may need to put down that shot of espresso and look into coffee instead, which is not as strong in effects or in its serving of caffeine.
The foundation of that idea is based on facts, an ounce of coffee contains only 12 mg of caffeine as opposed to espresso, which boasts upwards of 63 mg of caffeine per ounce. However, while those of us who enjoy espresso are usually satiated by one shot at a time for hours on end, have you really ever had just one ounce of coffee to satisfy your craving?
This means that when it comes to regular consumption, 1 cup/8 ounces of regular coffee that contains around 95 mg of caffeine usually competes with that 1 shot of espresso that still stands at 63 mg.
Nuances Play a Big Part
The supplementary sugars and dairy that you may add into your coffee may have additional effects on your diet. On the other hand, with a simple shot of espresso, all that you enjoy is pure, unadulterated java, which could also have other benefits.
According to recent studies, consuming four to five shots of espresso on a daily basis could actually have beneficial effects on one’s health. The 400 mg daily caffeine intake limit suggested by the FDA is also in line here, since the daily amount of caffeine through this recommendation denotes to around 252 mg to 315 mg.
But if you think of having four to five cups of coffee on the line of this recommendation, then one may be likely to push the limits, as this dances dangerously close and then over with its 380 mg to 475 mg. Again, this is because whenever we’re having coffee, just one ounce is never enough.
On the other hand, espresso with its strong taste and that certain “kick,” packs a punch within a single shot, which is usually more than enough to get the most habitual of caffeine consumers going about their daily affairs.
Taste is a Big Decision Making Factor
With that being said, the certain and distinct tastes of both beverages and their variations also play a large part in having one choose between them. If you like the milder taste of coffee, then leaning toward that option would only be natural; but if your taste palate enjoys a stronger flavor, then nothing beats that certain bitterness of espresso that is its signature.
Knowledge is Key
All in all, while choosing between coffee and espresso is completely your own choice, knowing that espresso has everything going in its favor to be a healthier choice is only prudent. Heed the recommendations, mind your overall consumption, and enjoy your caffeine.
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