(NC) Is coffee gluten-free? Does it have an expiry date? To maximize the enjoyment of your daily cuppa joe, check out some answers to common questions about this tasty beverage.
Is coffee gluten-free? Coffee does not contain gluten per se. Gluten can sometimes be found in the artificial flavourings used to make flavoured coffees, so double check as this should be indicated on the packaging.
Does coffee have an expiry date? Coffee does not have an expiry date and is always safe to consume, but freshness is a key factor in the enjoyment of any cup of coffee. While some products show a “best before” date, this indicates the period that coffee is at its peak freshness. Once freshness starts to diminish, coffee’s flavour will simply be less intense.
How many calories are there in a cup of coffee? Coffee is 98.5 per cent water, so it has very few calories (approximately 5 per cup) and little nutritional value, regardless of the brewing method. On the other hand, milk, cream and sugar all contain calories, so keep that in mind if you are concerned about your caloric intake.
How much caffeine is there in a cup of coffee? Caffeine content varies greatly depending on how the beverage is prepared. For example, a 240 ml (8 oz.) cup of coffee contains between 75 and 150 mg of caffeine, depending on the intensity of the roast as well as other variables. It is hard to evaluate the exact content because it varies based on a variety of factors. In general, the more a coffee is roasted, the less caffeine it contains.
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