Nutrients in Coffee

The nutrients found in coffee

Coffee Nutritional Profile
Energy value (calories per serving): Low

Protein: Trace
Fat: Trace
Saturated fat: None
Cholesterol: None
Carbohydrates: Trace
Fiber: Trace
Sodium: Low
Major vitamin contribution: None

Major mineral contribution: None

About the Nutrients in Coffee
Coffee beans are roasted seeds from the fruit of the evergreen coffee tree. Like other nuts and seeds, they are high in proteins (11 percent), sucrose and other sugars (8 percent), oils (10 to 15 percent), assorted organic acids (6 percent), B vitamins, iron, and the central nervous system stimulant caffeine (1 to 2 percent). With the exceptions of caffeine, none of these nutrients is found in coffee.

Like spinach, rhubarb, and tea, coffee contains oxalic acid (which binds calcium ions into insoluble compounds your body cannot absorb), but this is of no nutritional consequence as long as your diet contains adequate amounts of calcium-rich foods.

Coffee's best known constituent is the methylxanthine central nervous system stimulant caffeine. How much caffeine you get in a cup of coffee depends on how the coffee was processed and brewed. Caffeine is water-soluble. Instant, freeze-dried, and decaffeinated coffees all have less caffeine than plain ground roasted coffee.


The Most Nutritious Way to Serve Coffee
In moderation, with high-calcium foods. Like spinach, rhubarb, and tea, coffee has oxalic acid, which binds calcium into insoluble compounds. This will have no important effect as long as you keep your consumption moderate (two to four cups of coffee a day) and your calcium consumption high.

Diets That May Restrict or Exclude Coffee
Bland diet

Gout diet
Diet for people with heart disease (regular coffee)

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