Is green Coffee Better Than Regular Coffee?

Have you ever heard someone mention something about green coffee for weight loss? Then this article is for you.

What is the difference between Green Coffee and regular coffee?

Green coffee extract is extracted from green coffee beans which are not roasted whereas, the regular coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted regular coffee beans, which are the seeds of berries from the Coffea plant.

Most people take regular coffee because it contains caffeine which helps them for concentration, improves physical strength and endurance during workout.

 

What contains a good amount of caffeine: green coffee or regular coffee?

Regular coffee is the best source of caffeine when compared to green coffee, whereas green coffee is a better source of chlorogenic acid than regular coffee.

Caffeine is considered a powerful stimulant as it is used to improve physical strength and endurance. It is classified as a nootropic; a term used for a supplement which helps in improving cognitive functions, particularly executive functions, memory, creativity, or motivation, in healthy individuals and is a CNS (Central Nervous System) stimulator.

Chlorogenic acid is found in most of the plants. It shares cognition aspect similar to bioflavonoids. Bioflavonoids are a class of nutrients informally known as “vitamin P,” having a similar structure and some similar effects as that of caffeine.

So, basically, you take regular coffee for concentration, strength and endurance and if you want to have chlorogenic acid, you go for green coffee.

 

Is Green Coffee then to be preferred over Regular Coffee?

Green coffee may be the current ‘in thing,’ but like all fads, this one also must be weighed for its real effects on our body. When the two coffees are duly compared, it is found that Green Coffee does not have any particular merits that makes it superior to our good old regular cuppa!

One of the reasons why regular coffee should be preferred over green coffee is that the antioxidant effect is more in regular coffee than green coffee [1]. Moreover the mass and quality of the beans are important for antioxidant activities [2, 3].

Many people believe in what their personal trainers have to say and take green coffee extract for weight loss. However, studies have shown that green coffee extract has very little effect on weight loss and that too, the effects have been observed only in obese people while no effect on lean individuals. Also, there are no proper research studies for weight loss with green coffee extract [4, 5].

Another reason to avoid green coffee extract can be the Ochratoxin-A content in it. It is a mycotoxin produced by some fungi[6]. The unroasted regular coffee beans have more Ochratoxin-A in them when compared to roasted regular coffee beans [7], though it is okay to consume the former within limits.

Though chlorogenic acid present in it helps in absorption and utilization of glucose from the diet [8], you can get that from other plant sources as well.

 

What’s the final verdict?

There are no additional proven benefits of having green coffee bean extract over regular coffee, except for the chlorogenic acid present in it, which we can get from other plant sources as well. Also, it has a negligible effect on weight loss in an average individual.

So, the takeaway would be that you cannot adopt anything that is ‘green’ into our diet and hope for miracles. Open your eyes to the relative merits and do not go by hearsay. And when it comes to fitness, the bottom line is always this: A structured diet and workout is always the best answer for fat loss.

 

Article Credits – Sravan Kumar

References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28195330
  2. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf990510g
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28071018
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2739309
  5. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/grp/2011/382852/abs/
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17195275
  7. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf9707703
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18035001