Coffee lovers may soon have a new health bonus. Nutrition scientists at the National University of Singapore have developed a probiotic-rich coffee that improves digestive health.
The author of the development claims that this beverage not only contains up to 1 billion units of live probiotics, but can also be stored at room temperature for more than 14 weeks without losing effectiveness.
While consumers can easily find fermented live and active cultures present in a number of dairy products (such as raw milk, yogurt, kefir and aged cheeses), the inspiration for the new beverage stems from the desire to offer people a new option rich in beneficial bacteria. This drink will appeal to those who follow a rapidly spreading vegan diet, as well as those who have been diagnosed with lactose intolerance, allergies to dairy products or high cholesterol, the authors say.
Among other things, the caffeine content of the drink remains unchanged, as does the chlorogenic acid content, an organic compound that has been shown to have anti-diabetic, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-obesity effects.
“Some of the probiotic coffees give a more balanced acidity, some give a better feel, a deeper smoky flavor, and others better retain the flavor of the coffee after long storage,” said new product creator Alcine Chan.