With New Year’s Day only a week away, many of us are contemplating those yearly resolutions to do - or refrain from doing - a list of activities. If weight loss is one of your resolves, a recent study on Green Coffee Bean Extract might interest you.
Research conducted in Italy in which mice were given a diet of green coffee bean extract (GCBE) showed that fat absorption was reduced and fat metabolism in the liver was activated. GCBE primarily consists of caffeine and chlorogenic acid, only two of the antioxidants found in coffee beans.
This study involved the extract, not roasted coffee beans. Other studies have shown that not only does light to medium roasting not decrease the antioxidant benefits, but actually increases them. There are so many antioxidants in coffee and they all kick in their part, so even if some are less strong after roasting, enough of them gain increased strength. Bottom line: When it comes to beverages, light to medium roast coffee is your best source of antioxidants and their long list of health benefits.
These health benefits include a probability for decreased chances of diabetes, liver cancer, Parkinson’s disease and others. Further study needs to be done to demonstrate if the weight loss benefit in the green bean extract carries over to coffee drinks as well. Though the studies haven’t pointed this out, common sense tells us that only the black coffee would have a weight loss effect. If your coffee drink is a Spicy Milk Chocolate Mocha at a cost of 800 calories*, you can forget the weight loss. Anyone hear “New Year’s Resolution”?
*See related article http://www.roaste.com/CafeRoaste/News/2010/12/11/Holiday-Coffee-Drinks-W...