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TikTok trend of “proffee” – protein mixed with coffee – can be HARMFUL, experts warn

More than a year after the coronavirus pandemic began, people have come up with a variety of creative drinks instead of going to coffee shops and bars.

And the latest drink to go viral on TikTok is proffee – a nickname for protein coffee – which is made by adding a scoop of flavored protein powder to espresso and poured over ice.

Social media users insist that the caffeinated drink helps promote weight loss, boost energy levels, and burn more calories.

But doctors and nutritionists warn that too much coffee can lead to irregular heart rhythms, and depending on which protein powder is used, it can come with too many added sugars or even lead to excess protein intake.

Proffee – a nickname for protein coffee – is a trendy TikTok and is made by adding a scoop of flavored protein powder to espresso

Social media users claim that proffee has many health benefits including weight loss, increases energy levels, and burns more calories.

Doctors and nutritionists warn that the drink is good in moderation, but adding too much espresso or protein powder can lead to health problems.

Social media users claim that proffee (left and right) has many health benefits including weight loss, increases energy levels, and burns more calories. Doctors and nutritionists warn that the drink is good in moderation, but adding too much espresso or protein powder can lead to health problems.

Caffeine, one of the ingredients, is a natural stimulant that can improve muscle contractions and resistance to fatigue.

Studies have found that it can improve your mood, speed up your metabolism, and even protect against Alzheimer’s disease.

However, taking too much caffeine at one time can be dangerous.

‘If you’re drinking some espresso, it could be a lot of caffeine. It’s like having three cups of coffee, ‘Andrea Chernus of Chernus Nutrition in New York City told DailyMail.com.

‘Depending on how your body metabolizes coffee, it may stay in your system for longer.

“This can affect heart rate, cause arrhythmias, and it may not be so good for the heart to beat espresso shots.”

Dr. Frederick Davis, associate president of emergency medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, agrees.

He said coffee is good in moderation, but too much of anything is bad for the body.

“You have to watch how much caffeine you’re taking or it can lead to palpitations., Especially when people have underlying conditions,” she told DailyMail.com.

“It can also be dehydrating because coffee is a diuretic, so it makes you urinate more, so you may lose a lot of fluids in the process.”

The other ingredient, protein, helps people feel fuller for longer as the body burns more calories during digestion.

Dr. Davis says what can make professional fashion harmful is what the ingredients are in the protein power or smoothie.

“Unfortunately, protein with added sugar or some sort of artificial flavorings or sweeteners can raise sugar and carbohydrate levels,” he explained.

Also, there are too many proteins, which can lead to intestinal upset and indigestion.

Having too much espresso can affect heart rate, cause arrhythmias, and lead to dehydration.  In the photo: ingredients for a proffee recipe

Having too much espresso can affect heart rate, cause arrhythmias, and lead to dehydration. In the photo: ingredients for a proffee recipe

Too much protein can cause intestinal upset and indigestion and lead to under-consumption of other nutrients.  In the photo: a finished proffee drink

Too much protein can cause intestinal upset and indigestion and lead to under-consumption of other nutrients. In the photo: a finished proffee drink

“Studies have shown that too much protein is a bit of a waste,” Chernus said.

“People will also say,” Oh, I take this protein thing for breakfast, so I won’t have any other protein for the rest of the day. “Taking just protein from a protein shake doesn’t mean it’s a great thing if you’re into it. losing many other nutrients. ‘

Dr Davis says excess protein can be particularly harmful to patients with impaired kidney function.

“They work harder to filter waste, so too much protein can stress the kidneys as they work to eliminate the large molecules in the proteins,” he said.

Experts say that if you want to make yourself a proffee, just grab a cup of coffee and add a scoop of protein powder – without a lot of added sugar – to it.

And if you’re not sure you need to try it, talk to your doctor first.

“These different nutritional fads may not be the same for everyone and may prevent someone from doing these different fads which could be harmed,” said Dr. Davis.

Adds Chernus, “Just because it’s a trend on TikTok doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.”

HOW TO MAKE A PROFFEE

The recipe is based on the British “bulk” protein brand

Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop of Pure Whey Protein (in salted caramel) or replace with vegan protein powder as a vegan alternative (try in Caramel Latte) •
  • 200ml bulk oat drink

  • Bulk’s Zero Calorie Syrup (Salted Caramel)
  • 1 double espresso (about 60 ml)
  • 30ml oat drink (optional)

Equipment:

  • Shaker
  • Glass
  • Milk frother – optional

Method:

1. Pour the milk into the shaker and add 1 scoop of Pure Whey Protein Powder and mix together so that there are no bits

• .2 Squeeze the Zero Calorie Syrup around the sides of the glass

3. Put some ice in the ice glass

4. For your coffee in the glass

5. Add your protein shake to the glass

6. Frost the milk with an electric milk frother (this step is optional)

7. Top with some more Zero Calorie Syrup

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