Katherine Marko, July 12, 2019
The Alternative Daily – Even the best “high quality” dark roasts can make an acidic cup of coffee, though cheaper blends are notorious for being overly acidic.
And acid can be hard on a sensitive stomach, particularly if you enjoy more than one cup of coffee a day.
So how does baking soda improve an acidic cup of Joe?
Coffee has a pH of five, and baking soda can help neutralize it.
In water, baking soda is mildly alkaline and can be used to neutralize acid. That’s why, when it dissolves in water, it works well as a natural antacid remedy. Its alkalinity is also why it makes a great deodorizer — by countering slightly acidic scent molecules. On the pH scale baking soda registers as a nine.
That means by simply adding a little baking soda to your coffee you could neutralize the acid to avoid stomach upset.
There’s two ways you can do that. You can add about a quarter teaspoon to your coffee beans for a pot of coffee, or you can add just a pinch (small pinch) to your cup of coffee.
Helps acid reflux or GERD
Research shows that baking soda can counteract acid reflux.
Both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee exacerbate gastroesophageal reflux according to a German study. However, coffee creates more reflux than simply caffeine added to water. This suggests that other components of coffee contribute to acid reflux. A small pinch of baking soda can help counteract acid reflux.
May help relieve gout
Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation. It develops in some people who have high levels of uric acid in the blood. The acid can form painful needle-like crystals in a joint and cause severe episodes of pain, tenderness, redness, warmth and swelling … Read more.