If you want to say goodbye to caffeine, but you still crave for the taste of coffee, here’s something you will be glad to know about. Chicory root is a great substitute for coffee that tastes like coffee without caffeine. This organic alternative has the same rich, dark flavor as your favorite drink in the morning (or probably at any time of the day). However, it is complete unique if you wish to compare it to coffee beans.
Chicory root is extremely healthy. While it tastes and smells almost the same as the caffeinated drink, it does not deprive you from sleep and does not weaken your bones.
The health benefits are a mile long:
1. Soluble Fiber: You need dietary fiber every day as this is an essential nutrient. This type of fiber can help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It also improves your gastrointestinal function, as well as other digestive activities. The soluble fiber in chicory root is known as inulin, which protects the body against buildup of free cholesterol, while promoting iron absorption.
2. Low Calories: Compared to coffee and most drinks that contain caffeine, chicory has low calories. In fact, this root is used as a substitute for sugar because of the low amount of calories it contains.
3. Antimicrobial Effects: Chicory root forms acid when it is brewed and made into coffee. But this acid is not something to be scared of as it actually protects the body against bacteria, particularly those that remain around the teeth.
4. Antifungal Benefits: Drinking chicory coffee can help you get rid of fungal problems. As a matter of fact, this root has been used throughout the history for treating malarial fever.
5. Liver-Friendly: Consuming chicory and drinking coffee derived from the plant can offer protection for your liver. A study conducted on lab rats found that supplementing on chicory every day can regulate the number of lipids and cholesterol levels in the liver. This can inhibit the damage caused by free radicals as a result of the antioxidant properties found in the chicory root.
How to Make Chicory Coffee
While there are tons of recipes of chicory coffee, this one is great for those who haven’t tried this coffee substitute yet.
- 2/3 ground coffee
- 1/3 chicory, ground or cut up depending on your preference
Brew the ingredients as you normally would. You can use either a French press or a coffee maker. As you go on, you can remove the ground coffee and use chicory root alone. You can also try replacing coffee with dandelion root or roasted maca for extra energy.