It appears that coffee is undergoing a revolution. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia has developed a new broccoli based drink. Its health properties are fast becoming known worldwide.
We have already heard of mushroom coffee, egg coffee and butter coffee, but this new drink – doubtless the most bizarre of them all – is now to be added to the list. Broccoli coffee is set to become the new trend drink that everyone is addicted to.
Why was broccoli coffee invented?
Broccoli is a foodstuff widely known for its nutritional richness: it contains vitamins, minerals, protein, fibre and bioactive phytochemicals which promote good health, making it the perfect ingredient. It is therefore used in numerous dishes and drinks, particularly in the dieting sector.
It has also been the subject of several scientific studies. Recent research showed that broccoli may have anti-cancer properties.
In terms of the coffee, its health benefits have now been well proven. It improves digestion, memory capacities, and can even increase life expectancy. It also reduces the risk of various illnesses, notably cancer (of the bladder, uterus, liver, etc.), type 2 diabetes, stroke, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and liver disease.
What does broccoli coffee look like?
This new detox coffee is made up of broccoli powder added to classic cappuccinos, espressos, macchiatos or any other type of coffee. According to the Australian researchers who came up with the idea, two thirds of the population do not eat enough vegetables, but they drink a lot of coffee! This is where the idea of mixing the two ingredients in one product came from.
How is broccoli powder produced?
The broccoli powder used for coffee is obtained by drying the entire vegetable in the sun. It is then ground into a fine powder.
This powder is extremely nutritive. Only two tablespoons make up one fifth of your recommended daily intake of vegetables. However, there is another advantage to consuming broccoli in this way: it can prevent food waste. As stated by the CSIRO, over one third of the food produced in the world is wasted. Notably due to the “beauty criteria” for fruit and vegetables. It would therefore seem practical to use the rejected vegetables for producing something like broccoli powder.