Green Coffee – To have or not to have??
We all were happily enjoying our cup of tea and then green tea burst on the scene. It was “the in-thing” to sip green tea and everyone and their uncles were drinking green tea. But green tea survived the hype and it still going strong due to its numerous health benefits.
So fads come and go, but the really good ones stay.
The latest to hit the markets is green coffee. It is touted as being better than green tea and is creating waves. Let us see if the hype is worth it.
A few days back, I received samples of green tea. Those of you who are a part of my Facebook group Slimnhappy@discussions, are aware of this. I had promised to give my opinion on the same.
What is green coffee?
Green coffee beans are the beans which are not roasted. Coffee beans contain compounds known as chlorogenic acids. These are believed to be excellent antioxidants. Roasting the coffee beans results in loss of chlorogenic acid. Hence green coffee is considered healthier than the regular coffee.
Green coffee comes in powder form, packed in 3 gm pouches. It is to be mixed in a cup of hot water and enjoyed. It comes in 2 variants- non-flavoured and lemon flavoured. The green coffee looks similar to green tea once prepared.
I tried both the variants and I prefer the lemon flavoured one. I had heard that green coffee is bitter, but the one I tried was not bitter. In fact, it was rather tasteless.
Now coming to the benefits.
- Weight loss: Green coffee is said to aid weight loss. The chlorogenic acid in green coffee is known to affect post-meal blood sugar levels and boost your metabolism. This aids weight loss. Several studies have reported significant weight loss in people taking green coffee bean extract.
- Diabetes management: Chlorogenic acid is also known to reduce glucose absorption.This effect on glucose metabolism could play a protective role in diabetes management, and may also explain the effects on body weight. Green coffee might have a hand in slowing the rate of glucose release in our blood. Thus chlorogenic acid can help in controlling the amount of glucose our body synthesises.
- Heart health: Green coffee extract may also positively affect blood vessels, which has major implications for heart health. Chlorogenic acid is also known to reduce blood pressure, thus improving heart health.
So we can see that there are numerous health benefits of drinking green coffee. Like green tea, green coffee can also be a part of our daily diet. It will offer a good change too.
Though studies have been conducted to test the efficacy of green coffee, they have been quite scanty. More proof is needed to justify the benefits of green coffee.
I would suggest that green coffee should be included in your healthy diet. But, no single product can give you weight loss/health benefits. An overall healthy lifestyle is necessary for achieving results.
A good way to enjoy the young flavour of the green bean extract is to make a version of a virgin mojito out of it. Crushed ice, juice from half a lime, sprigs of fresh mint, a little sugar and some of the green coffee extract – all roughly muddled together can be an excellent and refreshing drink.
Cheers to that!!
Stay healthy, Stay happy:)