Recipe below. 🙂
Feeling increasingly anxious lately? Too much caffeine may be to blame.
What are the benefits of going caffeine-free, and who should be avoiding caffeine altogether?
There’s no denying it, drinking caffeinated beverages stains the teeth, as the high level of tannins build up and discolor tooth enamel.
Consuming caffeine releases a burst of energy, which is why most people use it. However, that burst of energy also stimulates the hormones associated with our‘fight or flight’ mechanism, increasing anxiety, heart palpitations and for some, even panic attacks.
Anyone who may be prone to stress and anxiety may find that an intake of caffeine causes their symptoms to exacerbate. Higher caffeine intake has also been shown to increase depression in adolescents.1
Studies investigating a daily coffee intake show that it can alter the sleep cycle, resulting in restless sleep patterns and daytime drowsiness. I personally can tell using my sleep tracking app that when I have a cup or two of regular coffee I have less deep sleep and I am tossing and turning more often at night. This is particularly true if you consume caffeine less than six hours before bed .2
If you are not a caffeine drinker, your body may absorb some nutrients better than those who do. The tannins in caffeine can inhibit the absorption of calcium, iron and B vitamins. This can be especially true for anyone with a high caffeine intake or for seniors.
Decaffeinated … Not so much!
The coffee beans used to make decaf coffee are usually different and undergo a very different process.I am not alone in my assessment of decaf coffee..
Soy Coffee to the Rescue!
Premium Laura® Soybeans are well known among soymilk aficionados to make the tastiest, pure white non-beany soymilk. Now, these exceptional Laura soy beans have been roasted to make a perfect cup of naturally caffeine free soy coffee, rich in the health benefits of soy.
Directions to make coffee:
3 tablespoons of coarsely ground Dark Roast Laura® soybean coffee.
1 and 1/2 cup of boiling water
To make latte:
Place coffee in a sauce pan
Add 2 cups homemade Laura® soymilk to the coffee
Add 1/3 cup of agave (or favorite sweetener)
Add 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa in a wire mesh colander and sift into mixture, then stir
Add a teaspoon of vanilla
Simmer for 4 minutes stirring over medium low heat
Blend until foamy
1Jin MJ, Yoon CH, Ko HJ, et al. The Relationship of Caffeine Intake with Depression, Anxiety, Stress, and Sleep in Korean Adolescents. Korean J Fam Med. 2016;37(2):111-116. doi:10.4082/kjfm.2016.37.2.111
2Drake C, Roehrs T, Shambroom J, Roth T. Caffeine effects on sleep taken 0, 3, or 6 hours before going to bed. J Clin Sleep Med. 2013;9(11):1195-1200. Published 2013 Nov 15. doi:10.5664/jcsm.3170