Food & Drink

Cold Brew Is Better for You Than Hot Coffee, Anyway

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Cold-brew coffee is clearly the new iced coffee/orange/black -- even Starbucks is doing it, and now it looks like it's the healthier option as well.

According to the Daily Beast, cold brew -- which, unlike iced-coffee, involves no heat and is made by steeping coffee grounds in cold water overnight -- is 2/3 less acidic than regular hot-brew coffee. 

The American Heartburn Alliance reports that nearly 75% of heartburn sufferers associate regular coffee with their discomfort. Patrick McInerney, co-founder of Due South Coffee Roasters and cold-brew expert, told Mic, "People who have these stomach issues tend to gravitate to cold brew." Heartburn, which nearly 54 million Americans suffer from, has been linked to acid reflux disease and esophageal cancer. And it's not just your stomach you have to worry about -- hot coffee is also bad for your teeth; long-term consumption can potentially lead to tooth enamel loss. 

Plus, it doesn't hurt that cold brew just tastes better. McInerney told the site, "What you get out of the coffee are the deeper flavors the coffee has to offer, enzymatic flavors like chocolate." And, if you need an extra jolt, cold brew is far more caffeinated than regular coffee. 

To top it all off, cold brew is better for the environment, too, because the process requires no electricity. Cold brew for Miss America 2016.  

Lucy Meilus is a staff writer for Thrillist and drinks cold brew in the winter. Follow her other obnoxious habits on Twitter at @Lucymeilus and send news tips to news@thrillist.com.

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