We know coffee, roasted coffee, ground coffee, instant coffee... and then there's green coffee. You have probably heard someone talk about it, but let's find out if it is as good as everyone says.
Let's define green coffee first: it is simply a coffee bean that has not been roasted yet. Simple as that. So, as it happens with many other vegetables, fruits, nuts, and whatever this gorgeous Earth gives us: natural or raw, it has different properties that roasted, cooked, or processed.
What's the chemistry behind the process?
So, the first thing that happens when you roast a bean of coffee is that it reduces its chlorogenic acid content. Coincidentally, this acid is what can make you lose weight: this is why you don't shed pounds every time you sip your cup of coffee.
The magic of green coffee: truth or myth?
Among the many benefits that are linked to green coffee, you might find weight loss as number one. However, it can also help you normalize blood sugar levels, it can keep your blood pressure on track, it is high on antioxidants, it moisturizes the skin. The list goes on.
However (there is a "however"), despite the many purported benefits that green coffee claims to have, there are not many studies on chlorogenic acid and its effectiveness. But there is some good news: A review of human studies has shown that chlorogenic acid might have the potential to help with weight loss. Is this enough scientific evidence? Unfortunately, no. But it is something!