Sydney and Melbourne are home to some of the greatest coffee shops and biggest coffee snobs in the world. Coffee is a cult in Australia, but as with any addiction, there are side effects. Perhaps that explains the rise in popularity in the coffee alternative ‘LSD’ amongst Australians. But what is LSD and would you swap your daily coffee for it? Read on to find out more.
Despite cheekily borrowing an acronym from a less than salubrious hallucinogenic, this beverage offers a health enhancing, environmentally and ethically sound coffee substitute. LSD stands for latte(s) of soya milk and dandelion. Could this humble herbal concoction help you to kick the caffeine habit? These 10 convincing arguments may just persuade you to give up coffee in favor of LSD, and may change your perception about a plant often rejected and labelled a weed.
1. The taste
Baristas prepare the LSD by dropping ground dandelion roots into an espresso machine and froth up soya milk in the same way as they make a regular Latte. Usually dusted with cinnamon, the dark brown liquid has a satisfying nutty richness and a touch of bitterness, although compared to regular coffee it can taste almost sweet. Many blends contain favorite tipple of the ancient Egyptians, chicory root.
2. It’s nutrient rich
According to the University of Maryland Dandelion is rich in vitamins A, B, C, and D, plus minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc. Coffee, on the other hand, is known to deplete minerals from the body.
3. Reduces caffeine consumption
Dandelion contains no caffeine, so there’s no unnatural high and subsequent crash. A study by psychologist Peter Rogers at Bristol University found that although frequent consumers may feel more alert after drinking coffee, that this is merely the reversal of the fatiguing effects of acute caffeine withdrawal. Given the increased propensity to anxiety and raised blood pressure induced by caffeine consumption, there is no net benefit to be gained.
4. Good for digestion and improving stomach health/h3>
In traditional Chinese medicine, dandelion has been used to treat stomach problems. According to the University of Maryland, dandelion root can act like a mild laxative and has been used to improve digestion. For maximum benefit of course, you should eat the greens too!