This little-known type of coffee promotes sleep and relaxation

This little-known type of coffee promotes sleep and relaxation

Originally from Lebanon, white coffee, served after a meal, is said to have soothing and relaxing properties. The complete opposite of our espresso. You know ?

What if you swapped your espresso or hazelnut for a “white” coffee? The hot drink from Lebanon is usually offered at the end of a meal for its benefits on calming you and helping you fall asleep. Coffee, really?

A hot drink, not really a coffee

Its name is in fact misleading: in the cup, there is no caffeine or milk, as the name might suggest. White coffee is a drink made with hot water, orange blossom and melted honey, for a sweet and sunny pleasure, like an oriental touch on the taste buds.

In aromatherapy, orange blossom water is also known to reduce anxiety and regulate sleep, but also to act on the digestive system. Offered after a meal, white coffee is an “alternative” to coffee, but ultimately has nothing to do with it.

An interesting drink for the whole family?

With such ingredients, white coffee can be offered to the whole family. Orange blossom is often prescribed to children to soothe their sleep. However, the drink should not be considered as anything other than a treat, a little pleasure at the end of a meal.

“It’s a very nice drink, but far from being a miracle product”, estimates Dr Arnaud Cocaul, nutritionist doctor but also member of our committee of experts at our Allo Docteurs colleagues. If orange blossom is known for its soothing properties, “the honey contained in this drink brings almost no benefit, because it is heated”, he specifies.

Which doesn't stop anything: white coffee or black coffee, you now have the choice.

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