Obesity and its associated complications are considered as some of the most important chronic conditions that are a priority when it comes to finding an effective treatment.
The use of prescription drugs for weight loss often results in adverse side-effects, which is why taking different approaches is becoming much more recommended.
These include not only lifestyle changes but also supplements and nutraceuticals.
Recently, green coffee beans have become the focus of attention when it comes to potential treatment.
What Is Green Coffee?
Simply put, green coffee is coffee that has not been roasted.
Green coffee is rich in phenolic compounds, especially chlorogenic acid, a well-known antioxidant that can also slow the release of glucose in the blood after eating.
Green coffee has high amounts of chlorogenic acid and other compounds that are lost during the roasting process.
Roasting changes the aroma of the beans, as well as their color, taste, and chemical composition.
However, the blend of green coffee and roasted coffee is considered a functional product with more health benefits than regular coffee due to the phenolic compounds in the green beans.
And at the same time, it’s well-received by consumers because of the aroma of the roasted beans.
A recently published study has examined the effects of green and roasted coffee blends on healthy adults and individuals with high blood cholesterol.
The study aimed to evaluate the effects of the green and roasted coffee blend on weight loss and to understand the relationship between obesity, high blood cholesterol, and cardiovascular risk.
The participants of the study were randomly given either the coffee blend drink or a control drink to consume three times a day without food.
First, they consumed the given beverage for 8 weeks, then they took a 3-week break, and finally, they consumed the other beverage they had not consumed before for another 8 weeks.
Here’s what they found:
Finally, the results indicate that this coffee blend may reduce cardiovascular risk in individuals with high cholesterol mainly by promoting weight loss, reducing abdominal obesity, and lowering blood pressure.
As coffee is one of the most commonly consumed beverages in the world, its health benefits obesity-wise could make a big difference in the future.
This coffee blend has shown some very promising results as a possible treatment as well as for reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Resource: Sarriá, B.; Sierra-Cinos, J.L.; García-Diz, L.; Martínez-López, S.; Mateos, R.; Bravo-Clemente, L. Green/Roasted Coffee May Reduce Cardiovascular Risk in Hypercholesterolemic Subjects by Decreasing Body Weight, Abdominal Adiposity and Blood Pressure. Foods 2020, 9, 1191. doi:https://doi.org/10.3390/foods9091191