Roasted grain drink
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A roasted grain drink (also roasted grain beverage and grain coffee) is a hot drink made from one or more cereal grains roasted and commercially processed into crystal or powder form to be reconstituted later in hot water. The product is often marketed as a caffeine-free alternative to coffee and tea, or in other cases where those drinks are scarce or expensive.
Several well-known roasted grain drinks are Nestlé Caro, Postum, and Inka. Other brands can be found at health food stores and at some grocery stores. Some common ingredients include toasted barley, malted barley, rye, chicory, molasses, and beet root.
- Bori-cha is an infusion made from roasted barley.
- Gyeolmyeongja-cha is an infusion made from roasted sicklepod seeds.
- Hyeonmi-cha is an infusion made from roasted brown rice.
- Memil-cha is an infusion made from roasted buckwheat.
- Oksusu-cha is an infusion made from roasted corn kernels.
- Sungnyung is an infusion made from scorched rice.
Green tea blends
- Genmaicha is a green tea blended with roasted popped brown rice.
- Hyeonmi-nokcha is a green tea blended with roasted brown rice.
Some Polish brands are Inka, Krakus, Anatol and Kujawianka.
Often, during the communist period in Russia and Eastern Europe hot grain drinks served as a substitute for coffee during perpetual shortages, allegedly caused by Western trade embargoes, according to local government claims.
Acrylamide is found at high levels in dark-colored baked, roasted and fried high-carbohydrate foods, as well as in roasted coffee and barbecued meat. The dark-roasted grains used in roasted grain drinks would also, presumably, have high levels of acrylamide. The substance has raised health concerns but it is not clear whether acrylamide consumption affects people's risk of getting cancer.
- Yvona Fast, "Kicking the Coffee Habit: Going Caffeine-Free with Grain-Based Beverages", E–The Environmental Magazine, May 1, 2010 – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
- Alex Jung, "20 delicious Korean drinks", CNN.com, October 13, 2011.
- "Acrylamide and Cancer Risk". cancer.org. American Cancer Society. 10 March 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2017.