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Know thy Enemy: Instant Coffee

Note: Caffeine is not the enemy. Caffeine is safe in moderation, unless your doctor has advised you not to consume it.

instant coffee

You are going to get mixed opinions on whether or not freshly brewed coffee is good or bad for you. In my mind, it’s about as nutritiously beneficial or harmful as chocolate.

I generally have no ill effects after consuming freshly ground or capsule coffee. (Capsule coffee, it’s bad, I know – I want to talk about this in another entry.) When I drink instant (freeze dried) coffee, whatever unpleasant thoughts I may think will become 1000 times worse. So I stopped. Because, I get really irritable, and find it difficult to fall asleep. Within 12 hours of drinking my last cup of instant coffee, I noticed about 95% of my anxious thoughts go away. Within 24 hours, I find my mood is generally better.

instant coffee (freeze dried), the enemyWhat’s in this instant coffee that makes it so bad? Unfortunately, I couldn’t find out because the product label has no ingredients list! This was such a shock! And it made me think: Maybe I shouldn’t consume it if I don’t know what’s in it! I could be drinking battery acid, or kitten whiskers for all I know!

Organic? “Organic” can really mean anything. It may have met the “organic” criteria at some point in its life, but then what happened during the process of turning beans into granules? What chemicals and processes were added to the mix? You could almost call it fossilised coffee! Yeah, I’m going to call it that from now on.

There is that factor that there could be less caffeine, so you need to drink more cups, and thus more exposure to weird chemicals. I didn’t feel like digging too deeply on the internet for information, but I found this:

Caffeine is not necessarily dangerous and in fact it renders a handful of health benefits. However, since instant coffee has considerably less caffeine than its freshly brewed counterpart, it’s easy to end up consuming more caffeine than is recommended, which can subsequently result in irritability, palpitations, and insomnia.

…Moreover, individuals with performance social anxiety disorder and panic disorder appear to be especially prone to caffeine’s anxiety-inducing effect.

Source: “Secrets of the Superhuman Food Pyramid: Negative Effects of Instant Coffee”, Superhuman Coach. Date accessed: 26 of July, 2015

So, fossil coffee, I think I’m going to eject you from my life. (Except on rare occasions when I’m at a friends’ house and need to drive home late.) I don’t think I will ever give up all coffee. I intend to drink it (takeaway, plunger, or pod) on some mornings when I need a perk up, or if I want a warm drink to go with dessert.


Photo of instant coffee grains by Chris RubberDragon

Loving Your Feet

Feet. Eww! I know right. Those smelly, not-so-pretty things at the end of your legs. Why the lack of love?

I mean, I think we take feet for granted. We stand on them all day long, trap them inside shoes without air or light.

Today I was supervising a little girl who was having a hard time putting her tightly-fitting shoes back on. She was obviously in pain, embarrassed and frustrated about the difficulty. Her elder sister looked on without raising concern, as if it putting on uncomfortable shoes is a normal part of life. Her mother came by later, rolled her eyes, and said…

“It’s just shoes.”

Dear child, time to get used being a lady. It’s a lifetime of painful feet.

Yeah… No…

This is not the kind of attitude towards feet that I want to teach my kids.

I don’t want my future daughter’s feet to look like… (Okay, I won’t put any gruesome image of foot injuries here. I’d rather not lose readers.) CHINESE FOOT BINDING! >:O

And… Well, I don’t want to see our future selves like this:

Who will save you if you can’t save yourself?

Look at those widdle feet! I mean… Yeah, this isn’t a great example. But it seems as though how you look means more than your health. And you know, we’ll all be on levitating chairs someday, so I guess feet don’t matter, right?

I dunno. Maybe someone else out there gives a damn about the part of their body that keeps them up and moving their whole lives.

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