Coffee vs Apples: Are You Choosing Correctly?
A 2018 Cint survey in India recorded that 53.51% of Indians drink coffee regularly. Are you one of them?
While reaching for the morning cuppa has become almost involuntary for many of us, research shows that it might not be the best habit to inculcate. Coffee has been the go-to morning beverage for most due to its high caffeine content. Be it to prepare for a workday or to cope with a sleepless night, piping hot coffee gives us the needed jolt almost instantaneously. But did you know that there’s a secret food that can keep you active longer than a cup of joe?
WHERE DOES THE ENERGY COME FROM?
An apple a day keeps the doctor away..and keeps the sleepiness at bay!
Apples are actually a healthier alternative to your morning caffeine intake. What makes a difference is a source. Caffeine stimulates the nervous system to provide an instant bolt of energy. This, however, wears off after a few minutes or hours at the most. Apples, on the other hand, provide a prolonged source of energy through natural sugars. This consumption is also better suited to the human digestive system. Each apple contains 10-13 grams of sugar in the form of fructose. This sugar provides you with the required energy upon digestion. Compared to the side effects of caffeine, eating an apple thus becomes a healthier pick-me-up than coffee.
WHY IS DRINKING COFFEE BAD?
Research has related prolonged consumption of coffee with many health problems such as:
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Decreased bone health
- Chronic digestive issues
Even in the short run, many of us have experienced the incidental case of indigestion. Coffee being acidic in nature causes digestive problems and acidity in many. Its consumption on an empty stomach has also affected jitters, nervousness and anxiety as a consistent result. Despite all these side effects, caffeine can increase one’s dependency on it. This is because its intake releases dopamine, a happy hormone.
WHY REPLACE COFFEE WITH APPLES?
In contrast, consider apples to be a gift from the heavens! Not only are they easier to consume (saving brewing time for the average workaholic!), but they also have zero side effects. It is not only healthy for all body types due to the presence of natural sugars, but is also a better pick-me-up than the morning java. Beginning your day with an apple provides the necessary roughage to regulate bowel movement. This is only one of the additional bonuses towards a healthy start. Pectin, found in apples, has also been proven to help those struggling with digestive issues in general.
Breaking a habit may be considered a mountainous task by many. But you can always begin by munching an apple before your morning cup of joe. Slowly, begin eliminating the coffee altogether until eating an apple a day becomes involuntary!