What Happens If you Drink Coffee Grounds? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: If you accidentally drank coffee grounds, you might experience discomfort or increased alertness due to the caffeine content, but it is generally not harmful in small amounts.

Coffee grounds are the leftover remnants after brewing coffee.

They still contain caffeine, antioxidants, and dietary fiber, though in smaller amounts than before they were brewed.

If you accidentally drink coffee grounds, you may experience a range of effects depending on your sensitivity to caffeine.

While coffee grounds are edible and can be used in cooking or baking, consuming them in large quantities can lead to caffeine overdose.

This is because they contain caffeine.

Caffeine can lead to increased energy and alertness but also cause increased anxiety, stress, nausea, panic attacks, and heart palpitations if consumed in excess.

It is quite uncommon to drink coffee grounds due to their gritty texture and strong flavor, which is not generally pleasant when not brewed.

You can consult a health professional if you experience any adverse effects after consuming coffee grounds.

If nothing bad happens, there’s no need to worry, as they are not toxic.

To avoid accidental consumption, store coffee grounds away from other powdered food items and clearly label them.

Finally, remember, coffee grounds are a source of caffeine and antioxidants and can be used creatively in cooking, but they should be consumed in moderation.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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