Originally Posted by crankin
... but I'd just like to know if I can feel good about my cup of instant coffee in the morning.
Well, if it keeps you from biting off the head of a spouse, offspring, co-worker or boss, and you don't bite the milkman or postal delivery person on the ankle on the way out the door in the morning .... hey, it's good!
If your cup of "instant 'jo" has the same "health" benefits as a cup of fresh brew depends on the roasting, extraction and filtration methods used during processing more than anything else. Of course, you're not going to be privy to that information - so trying to compare instant to fresh brew is not really possible.
So, enjoy your cup of instant Jo and don't worry about it! It may, or may not be, "as" healthy as fresh brewed - but it's not going to hurt you, and there is research that shows that just 1 cup is not as beneficial as several cups!
You might find this article on WebMD of some interest: Coffee - The New Health Food?