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Cold vs. hot coffee? One is better for your health, experts say

Posted July 17, 2019 6:40 a.m. EDT
Updated July 17, 2019 7:47 a.m. EDT

For many people, a cup of coffee is a mandatory part of their morning routine.

Previous research has linked coffee consumption to major health benefits. Now, a new study says those benefits differ between a cold brew versus a hot brew.

According to Dr. Michael Roizen with The Cleveland Clinic, although cold coffee has less acidity than hot coffee, choosing hot over cold could be better for your health.

"[Cold brew], or iced coffee, is actually brewed without hot water," Roizen said. "It takes longer and it has a little less acidity but about 50-percent less antioxidants."

One trick for those who prefer chilled coffee but want to keep those antioxidants -- brew it hot, then pour it over ice.

The healthiest option? Have it black. Doctors point out that any potential health benefits of coffee are wiped out in a hurry when you add cream, sugar, flavored syrups and whipped cream.

"You don't have to have all the additives in there," Roizen said. "If you go black, it's much healthier for you."

Research shows that the health benefits of coffee come from its caffeine and antioxidants. Other studies have linked coffee consumption to a reduced risk for diseases like Type 2 diabetes, liver disease and heart disease. So drink up!