Nutrition 1 MIN READ

Americanos and Glucose: The Good, the Bad, and the Buzz

Written by Team Ultrahuman

Nov 01, 2022

The Americano coffee brew is typically only espresso and hot water. Here the ratio can be half or one-third of espresso to water. Many studies have shown how consuming coffee, which contains caffeine, relates to the parameters of glucose metabolism. Coffee affects the blood glucose level, and the quantity and manner of coffee intake are significant.

Optimize your coffee intake
• Maybe avoid having coffee, especially americano, on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. Studies show that it can impair blood sugar control.
• Try pairing coffee with fat-rich and healthy snack items like seeds or nuts can help to prevent a drop in glucose levels. This can also reduce the sudden blood sugar spikes and make the drink more nutritious.
• Avoiding sugar in one’s coffee (whereas healthy sugar substitutes can be easily added) is a good idea to have the glucose level in check.

Caffeine is a very addictive substance and regular consumption can lead to a rise in cortisol. This affects blood sugar levels by increasing them (hyperglycemia). It was also observed that cortisol does increase gluconeogenesis and blood glucose. Those trying to keep their sugar intake in check may want to limit their daily cups of coffee to a cup.

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