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Cold Brew Conspiracy





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Is the cure for cancer. . . cold brew coffee?
 
This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, filtering out the truth!
 
The health benefits of coffee have been highly touted lately. In particular, those of cold brew coffee.  But the science is still, um, murky. murky.

Niny Rao and Megan Fuller from Thomas Jefferson University put cold brew to the test.  They compared the acidity and antioxidant levels of cold brew to its hotter counterpart. 
 
Antioxidants are our defense against free radical attackers.  Free radicals are hungry electron thieves that lead to aging and disease.  Antioxidants have EXTRA electrons.  So they’re able to feed free radicals without being damaged themselves.
 
So who won the hot/cold smackdown? 

HOT coffee was found to have higher levels of antioxidants.  That’s probably because heat can pull more antioxidants from coffee beans. 

The data also showed that cold brew is just as acidic as hot.  Acids can be hard on your stomach, so cold brew appears to be the less healthy option.
 
Unfortunately, this study showed that a cold brew will NOT ease the burn!