Are Green Coffee Beans Effective?

by Jackie Wicks

How Green Coffee Beans Work And Why They May Not Be Necessary

Green coffee bean extract has enjoyed an explosion in popularity recently due to its purported benefits for weight loss. Does it actually work though, and if so, how?

What Are Green Coffee Beans?

First, a little background on what “green coffee beans” actually are. Green coffee beans (GCBs) aren’t a special variety of regular coffee beans, but rather are the raw, unroasted coffee bean (i.e., the unprocessed, unadulterated bean). This is important because the weight-loss benefits of GCBs can be attributed to a few compounds which are mostly destroyed in the process of roasting coffee.

While GCBs from certain areas may contain increased levels of these important compounds, it ultimately does not matter as any decent company selling a GCB extract will normalize the levels of the extracted compounds.

What Makes Green Coffee Beans Potentially Effective?

[quote align=”left” color=”#999999″]You can get a lot of the same benefits of GCB from blueberries, plus all the extra phytochemical power of the blueberries too.[/quote]

Coffee beans contain a number of phytochemicals, but the ones attracting the most attention all belong to a group of compounds called “Hydroxycinnamic Acids”. Of the hydroxycinnamic acids found in coffee beans, the most potent one appears to be chlorogenic acid.

Chlorogenic acid and other hyroxycinnamic acids are not limited to the coffee plant, as it turns out. You can actually enjoy them from a variety of foods, most importantly blueberries and sunflower seeds, but also apples and pears. While you may not get the same amount as from a GCB extract, you will have the benefit of all the rest of the beneficial phytochemicals found in these foods (like anthocyanins in blueberries).

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