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Benefits that you probably don't know about green coffee

Coffee consumption grows day by day, as it is estimated that it is the second most commercialized merchandise in the world, only surpassed by oil. In the last 35 years this drink has experienced an increase in consumption of 95%, which translates into almost 10,000 million kilos of coffee produced per year. Almost nothing.

Benefits that you probably don't know about green coffee

In countries like Spain, more than 22 million people (63% of the population over 15 years of age) drink at least one cup of coffee a day, a value that rises to almost four servings in 24 hours on average. Of course, these data highlight the very important role of this roasted grain in contemporary society.

Beyond the tangy, acid-flavored beans that we are all used to, coffee can come in other forms. Today we present you the properties, benefits and mode of administration of green coffee, although this variant does not come without reservations and certain skepticisms.


 

What is green coffee?

As indicated by the National Library of Medicine of the United States, green coffee beans are those that have not yet been roasted. The interest in consuming this food without the typical roasting process lies in the fact that the amount of chlorogenic acid (whose properties we will see in later lines) is higher in coffee that does not go through the roasting and roasting process.

Once subjected to a light roasting process, the proportion of chlorogenic acid decreased to a range of 5.79-2.67 g / 100 g total and, after a dark roast procedure, this value decreased to a range of 1, 4-0.14 g / 100 g total. All these data mean that, irrefutably, most of the chlorogenic acid is lost on the way after the roasting process. What is not so clear, unfortunately, are the properties of the compound of this chlorogenic acid.

Benefits

We have presented you with the objective facts, but now it is time to enter a little more "gray" terrain, since it is clear that companies want to sell their product and attribute extensive properties to them, whether they are well founded or not. Chlorogenic acid is a phenolic compound present in coffee, which is of great interest to certain people who want to lose weight.

When affirming the properties of any compound, we must go to official bibliographic sources, such as articles published in scientific journals without monetary interest prior to writing. According to review papers, phenolic compounds in coffee (such as chlorogenic acid) do have certain benefits.

1. Antioxidant capacity

Phenolic compounds have been seen to act as antioxidants, that is, they block the production of free radicals, harmful compounds that are produced in cell metabolism and promote mutations and various damages. This capacity is based on chemical oxidation-reduction mechanisms proven on multiple occasions.

2. Antimicrobial effect

Green coffee extracts have been shown on multiple occasions to have significant antimicrobial activity, especially against Gram positive bacteria.

These compounds have the ability to inhibit the growth of bacteria such as Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus and, in addition, it has been recorded that this activity occurs thanks to the fact that chlorogenic acid (and other compounds) irreversibly damage the cell membrane of these pathogens . This results in a loss of potential in the bacteria, which results in early cell death. Again, we are facing proven facts.

3. Other properties

Taking the judicious spirit off a bit, we must also report that certain researchers have reported the effects of chlorogenic acid on the metabolism of lipids and glucose in genetic metabolic disorders or that, for example, the oral administration of caffeic acid has a clear anti-hypertensive effect. Again, more scientific evidence and verified studies are needed to affirm these hypotheses, but everything seems to indicate that green coffee has several beneficial properties.

Arymel García

Editor of muii.in. Passionate about nutrition and healthy living, I have been a content creator for 8 years.+ info

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