What is Dalgona coffee? 5 health benefits of the trendy quarantine drink  |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- If you are a social media enthusiast, there’s a good chance you’ve come across a variant of coffee which has been going viral
- Dalgona coffee, also known as quarantine coffee, has become the most searched type of coffee worldwide during COVID-19 lockdown
- Read on to learn more about this delicious whipped drink, including its ingredients and whether it has any health benefits
New Delhi: Dalgona coffee seems to have taken the internet by storm, gaining worldwide popularity. Basically, it’s a whipped drink that consists of five easily-available household ingredients – instant coffee powder, hot water, sugar, milk and ice. The drink was popularised on social media as people stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic and became viral, especially on TikTok. Dubbed the ‘quarantine drink’ or quarantine coffee’, you can also try making own dalgona coffee while being stuck at home. But does this trendy drink have any health benefits?
You can make this fluffy drink healthier with some simple tips and tricks – such as using coconut sugar or brown sugar instead of granulated sugar or ‘regular’ sugar. The drink, whose name derived from dalgona – a Korean sugar – due to its resemblance in taste and appearance, has become the most searched type of coffee worldwide, as per Google Trends. Turns out, dalgona coffee bears a close resemblance to Indian beverage – phenti hui coffee or phitti hui coffee or or beaten coffee.
Want to learn how to make this amazing drink? You may check out the following YouTube video!
Video credit: YouTube/Keto Meals and Recipes
Health benefits of Dalgona coffee
- May aid weight loss: Swaping coconut sugar for regular table sugar may be a healthier choice if used moderately. It contains small amounts of minerals, antioxidants, fibre, which may help you shed the pounds. Just ensure that you use it sparingly just as you would use white sugar as it is high in fructose, which has been shown to promote metabolic syndrome in obese individuals.
- A lower glycemic index: Coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index (GI) of around 54, compared with table sugar, which has a score of around 60. It is claimed that coconut sugar causes a slightly lower rise in blood sugar than refined sugar.
- May help with acidity: Drinking dalgona coffee may also help relieve acidity as the beverage uses milk, which can help ease digestion issues. There’s some evidence suggesting that calcium and protein content in milk may help relieve heartburn.
- Instant energy boost: Just like your regular coffee, dalgona coffee can improve your energy levels, making you feel less tired and smarter. In fact, instant coffee contains several antioxidants and nutrients that may benefit your health in numerous ways, including a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and liver disease.
- Slightly less caffeine: Research has shown that too much caffeine can increase your risk of anxiety, upset stomach, restlessness, tremors, fast heartbeat, and disrupted sleep. The caffeine content in instant coffee is slightly lower compared to regular coffee.
What’s more, this delicious drink can be a great option for summer as it uses ice and cold milk, which helps cool the body. Making dalgona coffee is simple and can be prepared using basic kitchen ingredients.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.