Did You Know? - Coffee

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Did you know that the way you prepare your coffee can subsequently raise your cholesterol levels?

I didn't either!  I've been using my French press for years thinking I was doing the environment some good by not using paper filters or electricity.  Well it turns out I wasn't doing my cholesterol levels any favors...

Let me give you the scoop on unfiltered coffee.  Coffee contains cafestol, a molecule mainly composed of hydrogen and carbon, which affects the production of LDL cholesterol.   Cafestol is the most potent dietary cholesterol-elevating compound known.  When you make and drink  unfiltered coffee from a French press, percolator, boiled Turkish or Scandinavian brew or in the form of espresso you are getting the highest levels of the cafestol compound. Note: drinking decaffeinated coffee does not remove cafestol.

Cafestol can raise your LDL "bad" cholesterol levels by 6-8% in one month if you are drinking copious amounts of unfiltered coffee each day.  Cafestol is removed from coffee by using filters that remove the coffee oils, which contain this compound.

I've put my French press on the back shelf and I've moved on to a porcelain coffee maker along with a 100% organic, cotton, reusable filter.  There are so many beautiful coffee making options to choose from out there, just google, "porcelain coffee maker" and you will find so much!
Try using a 100% cotton coffee filter, like mine:

My porcelain coffee maker & cotton filter make a deliciously rich cup of joe!

Sources:  Science Daily, Wise Geek


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