Protein coffee is currently trending on the social media platform TikTok, with the hashtag gaining nearly ten million views, but is it as simple as mixing espresso with protein powder? In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney talks about the trending protein coffee drink, whether it’s healthy and which companies sell it. Protein coffee, which is typically made by combining protein shakes, coffee and milk, along with some ice, is healthy in moderation, but adding too much caffeine can cause an increase in heart rate, stress and cortisol. Sydney talks about three companies that sell various versions of the drink, including Chike Protein Iced Coffee, Thunder Coffee Milk and Alani Nu. The team wonders whether it’s necessary to combine the two functional beverages and if these drinks could potentially do more harm than good.
Also, in this episode, Sydney talks about National Food Bank Day 2022. The day is honored to bring awareness to the persistent issue of hunger around the world, and while food banks receive attention and canned goods year-round, National Food Bank Day is a reminder that hunger must be eradicated. The day was founded on the 50th anniversary of the world’s first official food pantry: St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix, Arizona, which was founded by John van Hengel in 1967. Sydney shares the history of food banks and pantries as well as ways to participate in National Food Bank Day. The team discuss the issue of unequal food distribution that leads to hunger in various communities as well as the need for holidays to commemorate those that help those in need.
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