Is Greek coffee healthy? Is that like Greek yogurt…more protein, healthier calories, fewer carbs? Not exactly. The
Greek association isn’t quite that close. This said, as it turns out, Greek coffee could be the specific brew that is that much healthier. Coffee in general (as long as you’re not adding a lot of extra sugar, milk, etc, has plenty of healthy antioxidants and other nutrients that can burn more fat, improve your health, etc. Greek coffee, made on the Greek island Ikaria has since made national news. On Ikaria, 1% of the inhabitants live well into their 90s (compared to 0.01% in the rest of Europe). In addition to that, they tend to stay that much sharper and healthier up until the end (as opposed to others declining and living in a certain degree of what some would consider misery towards the end.
There are various reasons why the citizens of Ikaria live longer. They have the benefit of a lack of pollution, a diet rich in healthy fruits and vegetables, moderate wine consumption, and a coffee brewed through a particular method of boiling.
In general, coffee consumption has been associated with numerous health benefits. It protects many against issues with type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and liver disease. It’s not just about the caffeine keeping us a little more alert. This boiled type of coffee known as
Greek coffee is rich in polyphenols and antioxidants and contains only moderate caffeine. It seems to have more benefits compared even to other coffee related beverages according to one Dr. Siasos.
On the island Ikaria, a group of 71 randomly selected men and 71 randomly selected women were gathered and compared their endothelial function with their coffee consumption. The endothelium, which surrounds the blood vessels, tends to break down with age due to aging and lifestyle choices, which leads ultimately to cardiovascular disease. The results were published March 18 in the journal Vascular Medicine, and showed that the subjects who consumed moderate amounts of Greek coffee had better endothelial function than those who consumed other types of coffee.
Further studies are of course needed, this is just one. Some experts still suggest that people drink with a grain of salt or even a degree of caution. One study should not be enough to make wide sweeping assumptions. Frankly, there is a chance that other variants of their diet and exercise plans were actually the factors responsible for the improved endothelial function in these individuals.
Dr. Van Dam specifically pointed out that those with high cholesterol should avoid boiled coffee (Greek coffee). A chemical called cafestol stimulates LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, and it generally gets left behind in the paper filter when you’re brewing coffee. In those cases, paper filtered coffee or instant coffee would have lower levels and would be healthier.
There are numerous detractors when it comes to Greek coffee. Some believe that the study is just another farse, something that was pushed and manipulated to make Greek coffee look far better than it actually is. Greek coffee is usually prepared with sugar, which means to Portland researcher Matt Milletto that this won’t be that healthy. After all, a teaspoon of processed sugar has never been known for its extreme health benefits.
This said, it may be like regular coffee. Alone, it’s a pretty healthy substance. You just need to avoid adding all of the extras.