The Benefits of Green Coffee Bean
Coffee beans are roasted to produce the coffee bean that we use for our daily latte. The roasting process alters the bean’s taste, aroma, and colour. It also alters the bean’s chemical structure and nutrient concentration. This means that the health benefits associated with drinking coffee and consuming green coffee bean extract, are quite different.
In particular, chlorogenic acid and caffeine are responsible for the green coffee bean’s health food status.
- Chlorogenic acid is an antioxidant. It’s good for you. And, surprise: there’s more chlorogenic acid in green coffee beans than the roasted variety (which is lost during the roasting process). The body quickly absorbs and metabolizes chlorogenic acid - which means our bodies can easily take advantage of its health benefits.
Coffee is often given a bad rep due to the amount of caffeine. Obviously, drinking 20 cups of coffee in a day will keep you up at night, but, in moderation, the morning latte isn’t all bad. It improves your mood and brain function, protects against heart disease, enhances performance, boosts your metabolism, and helps you maintain a healthy weight.
Green coffee bean extract contains less caffeine than its roasted counterpart.
A serving of coffee contains about 100mg of caffeine. The same serving of green coffee contains just 20mg of caffeine. Consuming green bean extract enables you to get your caffeine ‘fix’ without sending your system into a caffeine-induced hyperactive episode. And your body is simultaneously absorbing high amounts of chlorogenic acid. It’s a win-win concoction of healthy green goodness.
Assists with Weight Loss
Perhaps the green coffee bean is best known for its potential to induce weight loss.
Research suggests that chlorogenic acid helps the body to burn glucose and stored body fat, reduces the absorption of carbohydrates (lowering blood sugar and insulin spikes), and improves cholesterol.
In one particular study, a group of 30 overweight individuals was divided into two groups: one group consumed green coffee bean extract, while the other drank regular instant coffee. At the end of 12 weeks, the group consuming green coffee bean extract lost on average 11.9 pounds (5.4kg) and dropped 3.6% body fat. The group consuming plain instant coffee lost on average 3.7 pounds (1.7 kg) and dropped just 0.7% body fat.
Numerous studies have also shown that caffeine helps to boost metabolism anywhere from 3 – 11%, which, again, helps the body to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. In another study published in the Journal of Physiology and Behavior, it was found that people who drank caffeinated coffee had a 16% increase in metabolism over those who drank decaffeinated coffee. Death to decaf!
Reduces Chronic Diseases
Chlorogenic acids present in green coffee beans might be able to reduce the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. An eight week study was conducted on fifty people with metabolic syndrome (people with risk factors like high blood pressure and blood sugar that increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease). They were given 400 mg of decaffeinated green coffee bean twice everyday, which was found to improve fasting blood sugar and blood pressure and reduce waist size.
Improves Energy Levels, Focus and Mood
The American Psychological Association has concluded that caffeine has significant effects on psychomotor and cognitive performance, psychological well-being, blood pressure, and athletic performance. Other studies conclude that caffeine is capable of altering attention, alertness, motivation and reaction times, to name a few. This is why some of us refer to our morning coffee as a cup of “get s!@# done”.
So, every so often, ditch the coffee and opt for some green coffee bean goodness! How? Check out our TruFitz Double Shot and TruCaffe, which includes organic green coffee bean extract: the perfect way to start your workout or workday!