Is Coffee Healthy? | James Hoffman and Professor Tim Spector

Coffee’s earliest consumption dates back millennia when the tribesmen of Ethiopia used its ground-up berries to help aid concentration during prayer.

Arriving in Europe in the 17th century, Coffee quickly began to replace beer and wine as a favourite breakfast drink.

In the 20th century, coffee was blamed for high blood pressure and heart attacks, and more recently linked to a rising epidemic of poor sleep.

None of this has prevented coffee’s relentless rise. Over 2 billion cups of the stuff are drunk each day.

So, is coffee a guilty treat as many of us suspect? Or is it a health drink feeding your good gut bacteria?

In this episode, Jonathan speaks with James Hoffmann and Tim Spector to find out. They discuss how coffee affects your gut bacteria, your hormones and your heart, whether decaffeinated coffee is healthy, and discover some of coffee’s most surprising side effects – which could come in handy if you find yourself in the jungle.

James Hoffmann is a leading coffee expert and author of the World Atlas of Coffee and co-founder & chairman of the Square Mile Coffee Roasters.
Tim Spector is a co-founder at ZOE and one of the top 100 most cited scientists in the world.

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00:00 – Intro
00:09 – Topic introduction
01:51 – Quickfire questions
04:48 – What is coffee and why are we willing to spend money on it?
05:18 – Views on coffee
09:12 – Health properties of coffee
11:49 – How is coffee made?
16:19 – Quantities of caffeine in beverages
18:11 – How important is fermentation for coffee flavor?
19:22 – What does the fermentation stage look like?
22:19 – Fiber & coffee
27:14 – Effects of coffee
28:25 – How much is too much coffee?
30:26 – What time is the best to drink coffee?
35:07 – What is decaf and is it safe?
38:59 – Does James drink decaf?
39:47 – Is decaf as healthy as caffeinated coffee?
41:16 – Does coffee quality matter?
42:31 – James’ coffee preference
44:02 – Health side effects of coffee
46:45 – Is it healthy to mix coffee with milk?
49:33 – James’ opinion on coffee with milk
51:35 – Summary
53:58 – Instagram question: Does coffee dehydrate you?
54:21 – Goodbyes
54:38 – Outro

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This podcast was produced by Fascinate Productions.


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