We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But what about coffee? Is coffee a meal? A food group? The answer, my friends, is both yes and no. Let’s explore.
First of all, let’s dispel the myth that coffee isn’t food. Coffee beans are seeds from a fruit, which means that coffee is technically a fruit. And we all know that fruits are healthy for us, right? Just think about all the antioxidants and vitamins found in fruits. Coffee has those same benefits! Coffee is one of the richest sources of antioxidants in the world.
So if coffee is a fruit, does that mean it counts as part of your daily recommended intake of fruits and vegetables? Maybe. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) doesn’t currently list coffee as a member of the fruit or vegetable food groups. Still, they do acknowledge that coffee “can be relabeled as a ‘fruit'” for nutritional purposes.
So there you have it! Coffee can be both a food and not a food, depending on how you look. But one thing is for sure: coffee is delicious and nutritious, so drink up!
Whether you consider it a meal or not, there’s no denying that coffee is packed with nutrients and antioxidants that can have myriad health benefits. So next time someone tries to tell you that coffee isn’t real food, you can set them straight! Drink up, friends.