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Best 5 Healthy Alternatives to Coffee - Cafix vs Pero vs Other Coffee Substitutes
Healthy Coffee Alternatives
I wanted to cut down on coffee, and I looked for the best healthy alternatives. Which one is the best tasting, which one is the healthiest, what about the price per cup? I had an idea of comparison, and knew a few substitutes for coffee, I had drank before lots of it. But because times have changed, I thought why not try newer products, that can imitate the the real stuff taste better than what I knew. I was right, the products on the market now are amazing.
The ingredients in the substitute coffee are very diverse ranging from herbal mixes, to roasted grains, roots, and nuts. The taste will of course be a bit different, and don't expect a substitute to taste like the real stuff, but they are very close, and with a little creativity, you will get very close.
Kaffree Roma Roasted Grain Beverage - Grain Coffee Substitute
This is a substitute made from barley, chicory, and rye. The product is made in Germany, and it tastes absolutely great. Whether you use Kaffree with milk or black, it won't cause any problems to your stomach, and in fact it is very nice on your stomach.If you want to quit coffee, just mix coffee with this, starting with a 75% and 25 percent, and then lower your percentage of caffeine every 2 or 3 days. You will be caffeine free in two weeks without any of the associated headaches.
Are Coffee Substitutes Healthy?
Why Drink Coffee Substitutes?
There are a lot of reasons to drink a coffee replacement, whether you reduce the number of cups per day, or you stop drinking it all together. Some religions forbid the consumption of coffee, but you'd like to have a nice drink, or maybe enjoy the social side of it. Maybe you get stomach problems from coffee, and you can't drink it anymore. Or maybe you are sensitive to caffeine, and you need to cut down drastically. Whatever the reason, you need a nice drink to mimic the daily habit of drinking a cup of joe.
Caffeine has some remarkable positive effects on our health, and if we can drink it is the perfect scenario. However, coffee can have negative effects on us, especially if we drink it in large quantities.
Coffee substitutes, are healthy alternatives with low, or no caffeine content at all. Depending on your needs or, preference, you can go with 0% caffeine, or with a mix of substitutes and a low percentage real coffee. Most substitutes are healthy, and I made sure I only showcased the healthy ones on this page.
Ayurvedic Roast - Herbal Coffee Substitute - Organic Caffeine-free Coffee Substitute
The Ayurvedic Roast is a mix of herbs and roasted grains, to allow a balance body to your daily cup, and offer you the great health advantages of the Ayurvedic medicine plants. The ingredients list includes:
- Roasted rye
- Roasted barley
- Brahmi, (it calms the mental, and brings clarity to mind)
- Shatavari. (helps immunity, and a great antioxidant)
- Ashwagandha, (Indian ginseng, a powerful antioxidant)
This coffee is not instant, you need to use your favorite brewing method, to make a cup.Make sure you order the right coffee for you, I don't like flavored coffee, so for me the unflavored one was the way to go.
Best 5 Healthy Alternatives for Coffee
Here are the best five coffee substitutes on Amazon. When I started my research, I took Amazon ratings as a quality signal, and it proved the right way to do it.I tested a lot of products, and even made my own, here is my list with the five best coffee substitutes:
- Teeccino Herbal Coffee
- Cafix All-Natural Instant Beverage
- Pero, Instant Natural Beverage
- Ayurvedic Roast, Herbal Coffee
- Dandy Blend, Instant Herbal Beverage with Dandelion
Pero Coffee Substitute - Instant Beverage - Is Pero Healthy?
Many people ask if Pero is healthy. The short answer is YES, Pero is healthy. The high content of Alkylresorcinols in the rye, (an anticancerigene), and the high content of fiber, combined with the inulin in the chicory, (a prebiotic), the barley malt contain many minerals and vitamins, even though through roasting many vitamins will disappear, and finally the regular barley that is known to help regulate blood sugar. Barley also contains dietary fibers - prebiotics.
Pero is a coffee substitute, made from barley, rye, and chicory. The product used to be manufactured in Switzerland for many years, and many Pero drinkers know the taste and flavor of that product. The manufacturing has been changed to a German facility, and many people who were used to the old taste are having difficulties adjusting. From my experience, this is just a phase, you will soon get used with this new taste, that it will be hard to get back to the Swiss one.Pero is as healthy as any of the substitutes its health benefits stemming from the use of malted barley and roasted chicory in its formula. 100% caffeine free, with a great taste, that will satisfy even the most sensitive taste buds.
Ingredients for Healthy Coffee Substitutes
How to Make Your Own Healthy Coffee Alternative
If you want to make your own coffee it is not very complicated, you just need to understand what are the ingredients that mimic the best the coffee's taste. The advantage of making your own concoction is that you get to pick the ingredients that work for you best, and in the percentage that you like. The other great advantage is that you can make a herbal mix to work for your health problems.Here are the most used ingredients and their medicinal value:
- Barley is a great source of zinc, a trace mineral that we don't get in abundance in our regular diet, it lowers glucose levels, reduces blood pressure, and reduces LDL cholesterol. Eating barley regularly helps with the weight control. Barley also contains dietary fiber, a prebiotic, very important for the intestinal flora.
- Chicory root is one of the best natural sources of inulin, a prebiotic. It is also a great source of polyphenols, (polyphenols are powerful antioxidants). Chicory root is a great liver support, fact supported by scientific research and very well known in the folk medicine. Another great health benefit stems from the ability of chicory root to stimulate the digestion.
- Red beets are known to lower blood pressure, they also contain magnesium, calcium,iron and phosphorus. They are also a great source of fiber. The sugar in beets is actually healthy form of sugar, and in moderate quantities is benefic boosting your energy levels. The large amount of boron present in beets make them a great aphrodisiac.
- Carob pods are ground into a powder that is great for improving digestion, and lowers cholesterol. It is also very effective in treating diarrhea. Its high content in phosphorus and calcium makes it a great aid in fighting osteoporosis.
- Almonds contain a consistent dose of vitamin E, a great antioxidant. It also contain fiber, and magnesium, which is one of the lacking minerals in our regular diet.
- Dandelion root's health benefits are incontestable, it is one of the most used in the Traditional Chinese Medicine. We can remind here a few health benefits, but there are many more than these: liver tonic, anemia treatment because of it high content in iron and zinc, aids digestion, lowers cholesterol, detoxifiant, and a great aid for skin problems, helps with weight loss, etc... Many people report great results lowering their blood sugar levels with dandelion coffee. Dandelion root is probably one of the best treatments for liver and bile.
- Rye grains contain Alkylresorcinols. In vitro studies shown that alkylresorcinols may prevent cells to turn cancerous. They also have a high content of soluble fiber. Soluble fibre encourages bowel movement, improves glucose tolerance, and it is a food source for prebiotics.
- Chickpeas contain a lot of iron, and it is an important source of manganese which plays an important role as an antioxidant. The soluble fiber will help to stabilize blood sugar level, and lower the LDL cholesterol. One of the less known facts is that chickpeas contain the trace mineral molybdenum, that is an important factor in sulfites detoxification. Chickpeas also contain phytoestrogens, and this could help women lower the risk of cancer.
- Dates and figs are great sources of dietary fiber, and many trace minerals. Although their role in a coffee substitute is purely to make it more palatable, the dried form of the two fruits is a great source of trace minerals.
Cafix is one of my favorites, because of its taste. If you add milk to it, you can't stop drinking.
Cafix All-Natural Instant Beverage
Cafix is made in Poland, which is one of the countries with an old tradition in coffee substitutes. Their Inka is probably one of the most famous Internationally.
Cafix is made from barley, chicory, malted barley, figs, and red beet extract. They pride with non GMO ingredients, and it is has a taste that is very close to coffee, maybe that's why it became one of the Amazon's best sellers so quickly. If you mix coffee with Cafix in a 50% ratio, most of the coffee drinkers cannot tell any difference, besides the missing upset stomach symptoms, or the jitters.
Teeccino Herbal Coffee, Mediterranean Vanilla Nut
Teeccino is probably one of the best coffee alternatives, and it is not instant, you need to make it using your favorite brewing method. Its unique formula is conceived to so that it resembles perfectly to coffee with a strong bite. The ingredients list contain carob, barley, chicory, almonds, dates and figs. The blend has a full bodied flavor, that can easily pass as regular coffee. The Java style is the closest to coffee.
Inka Instant Coffee Substitute
Inka is probably the most known coffee substitute in the world. Although initially developed by the communists to cover for the coffee shortage, it is still a popular drink mainly because it is one of the best tasting substitutes, it is healthy, and is easy to make a cup.Inka has a very small granule, almost like a powder, with a taste that reminds of Postum. You need about 2-3 heaping teaspoons for a large mug for a nice strong taste.Inka is one of my favorites, although Amazon sales doesn't recommend it .
Other Coffee Substitutes
Less Popular Coffee Substitutes
Depending on the economic situation, people have used other plants, grains, nuts, and roots to make coffee substitutes. Some of them are good, but they are not very popularized, some of them are OK, and it really depends on ones taste.Some of these alternatives for coffee are acorn coffee. The oak nut was a popular choice in periods of war when coffee was not available, and other substitutes were not available. Beech nuts also make a nice drink when roasted and ground as you would with coffee.We can also brew a great drink from other healthy alternatives such as sweet potato, okra seeds, persimmon seeds, peas, and beans. Wheat bran is also a great substitute for coffee, and Postum the very popular drink from Kraft, was based on wheat bran.
Dandy Blend, Instant Herbal Beverage with Dandelion
Dandy Blend is made from, you guessed, dandelion roots. It also contains chicory, beets, barley, and rye. Dandy Blend is an instant beverage, with a lot of essential minerals, and the very trendy now, prebiotics. Gluten free, requires no sugar, and it is very cost effective.Dandelion root is probably one of the most used herbal medicines in the world, and drinking Dandy Blend is the best way to enjoy a healthy drink.
What is your favorite? Were you able to quit coffee using a substitute? Did you have any problems with your substitute?Let us know your experiences.
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