Chicory is nutty in flavour, is full of fibre, has a prebiotic effect and is naturally caffeine-free.
What is chicory coffee?
The chicory plant is the key component of chicory coffee. It’s roots are roasted, ground and brewed to create a coffee-tasting drink that’s not actually coffee. The idea is that you can drink it on its own, or add it to regular coffee for a woodier, nuttier taste. Sounds kinda healthy, right?
Chances are, you’ve probably already eaten chicory root in one way or another. That’s because chicory root is a rich source of inulin, a type of fibre that is often added to packaged foods like snack bars and yoghurt to boost the fibre content.
Chicory coffee is already available in mainstream supermarkets. You can find it in a liquid form paired with coffee essence, but this type also comes with added sugar, so wouldn’t be my top pick. I’d suggest reading the ingredients list, and opting for something sans-sugars, fats and other additives.
Is chicory coffee healthier than regular coffee?
Chicory coffee could be a good option if you’re trying to cut down on your caffeine consumption. It’s naturally caffeine-free, whereas a standard cuppa from a café can have up to 350mg of caffeine.
Note that less than 600mg of caffeine a day is considered safe, so don’t feel the need to switch to chicory coffee if you have a relatively low caffeine intake. But, if you’re a five-coffees-a-day kinda gal, chicory coffee could be a good choice to reduce the somewhat uncomfortable symptoms of consuming a lot of caffeine, like difficulty sleeping, nervousness and an upset stomach. Decaffeinated coffee or tea could help to cut back your intake, too.
Regardless of if you’re drinking a standard coffee or the chicory kind, what is of utmost importance is what you add to and what you pair with your coffee. A super-sized cup of full cream milk can add a whopping dose of kilojoules, as can adding sugar by the teaspoon and flavoured syrups like vanilla and hazelnut.
Obviously, sweet biscuits, pastries and cakes are a nice accompaniment to a cuppa, but these aren’t the best options to have on the reg, either. If you stick to a small or regular-sized brew, and hold the treats on the side, you’ve got a much healthier option in your hands, chicory coffee or otherwise.