Green bean coffee is getting raves and hitting the headlines like an onset blizzard. But what is all the hype?
It seems to be one of the newest trends for coffee shops, television and weight loss. The latest newsflash is The Dr. Oz Show who kicked off the season with research about green bean coffee extract & its properties for weight loss.
The research concluded that green bean coffee extract actually helped women lose weight on an average of 1 pound a week. What was interesting in their research was that all 100 women never changed their diet. Each participant took 400 mg’s green coffee bean capsules, three times a day and 30 minutes before each meal. In addition, the women were required to keep a daily food journal.
Recent Studies on Green Bean Coffee Extract
According to studies done by the Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity journal, an average of 10.5% of overall body weight and 16% of overall body fat was lost in a 12 week period of 16 adult participants.
By the end of the 12 week period the participants lost an average of 17 pounds each. Their research concluded that green bean coffee extract may be effective for weight loss in pre-obese adults. It also could be an economical means of preventing obesity in overweight adults.
Weight Loss and Green Bean Coffee
You may wonder how green bean coffee can help you lose weight. Moreover, you may assume that the weight loss is contributed to caffeine.
On the contrary, green bean coffee only contains 20 mgs of caffeine while a cup of fresh roasted coffee contains an average of 100 mgs.
It is the natural active compound chlorogenic acid (CGA) found in green bean coffee that can be credited to weight loss. Chlorogenic acid acts as an inhibitor of glucose and increase the metabolism in the liver. The properties of chlorogenic acid benefit weight loss by inhibiting fat absorption and burning excess fat.
Green Bean Coffee vs. Fresh Roasted
There is a vast difference bean green bean coffee and the typical coffee you brew at home or get at a coffee shop. Green bean coffee retains chlorogenic acid because it is not roasted. When coffee beans are roasted it removes chlorogenic acid.
Because green bean coffee is not roasted it has a very bitter taste and many individuals say it is not very palatable. When you roast coffee beans it brings out a unique color, aroma and flavor. In fact, the coffee roasting technique is how you get different types of coffee such as French roast, Espresso, Colombian or Indonesian.
Benefits of the Green Coffee Bean
Because the green coffee been contains chlorogenic acid which is a polyphenol there are many health benefits besides possible weight loss.
Studies have shown that polyphenol is a great antioxidant and has the capacity to neutralize numerous types of carcinogenic compounds that can cause cancer.
Research shows that chlorogenic acid can help reduce plasma homocysteine levels in the blood.
Scientific studies reveal that an elevated level of homocysteine can lead to a high risk of cardiovascular disease. Chlorogenic acid has also been shown to help benefit hypertension by inhibiting lipids, reducing low-density lipoprotein (LDL) generating vitamin E and neutralizing free radicals.
Chlorogenic acid has also shown positive results for treating hypertension. By neutralizing free radicals and regenerating vitamin E, Green Coffee Beans have been shown to inhibit lipid and LDL degradation, thereby promoting optimal cardiovascular health.
In recent scientific studies, chlorogenic acid is said to drastically reduce both systolic and diastolic pressure. It was also found that chlorogenic acid obstructs oxidation of LDLs, contains no bad cholesterol and has no apparent side effects.
Balances Blood Sugar Levels
According to many clinical studies, chlorogenic acid can reduce the onset of Type 2 diabetes. Chlorogenic acid was found to lower blood glucose levels in the small intestine which prevents it from entering the bloodstream and raising blood sugar levels. As well, researchers found that chlorogenic acid enhanced the activity of transcription factor IDX-1 which helps reduce blood sugar.
Coffee Beans and Life on a Plantation
Largely, coffee is not an environmental friendly beverage. In fact, coffee bean plants are mostly grown in the used-to-be rainforests. Furthermore, coffee bean plantations are made up of child labor and extreme adverse working conditions:
- Wages are around $2.85 a day
- Latrines are minimal and many workers have to use the roadside
- Protective equipment for pesticides is not provide and often there is spraying near houses and drinking water
- Human feces that is fly-infested can sometimes be found within 20 feet of cooking areas due to lack of adequate latrines
- No education is provided for temporary workers and onlyprimary school through 4th or 5th grade is available on the plantation
- Children as young as 6 or 8 years old at work in the fields and are not considered officially employed and therefore not subject to labor protections
- Housing consist of open-aired one-room structures, small houses holding up to 70 people, a plastic lean-to and dirt-floored homes of cinder blocks for which they pay rent
- Working hours are long:Temporary workers usually between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and permanent workers work eight to nine hours, with a 60 to 90 minute lunch break
- Women sometimes suffer routinely from violent sexual abuse by their supervisors and employers. Reports of over 90 percent of all respondents observed or experienced sexual abuse within their workplaces
Going Green with Coffee
One of the best ways of going green when selecting coffee beans is to look for various labels and certifications such as fair trade, organic, rainforest alliance and shade grown coffee. Although finding a coffee that has all 4 certifications may be difficult, even one certification will make a large impact on saving the environment.
This certificate ensures that workers are paid a fair price, offers decent and ethical treatment of farmers and workers, prohibits child or slave labor and encourages environmental sustainable procedures.
Organically grown foods are free of toxic chemicals, hormones and GMOs. As well, they have not been subjected to pesticides or artificial fertilizers. Organic coffee beans are not commercially picked and are generally hand- picked by farmers. As well, organic coffee beans do not use toxic chemicals that harm the soil or wildlife.
A rainforest alliance certificate is attained through the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN). To be certified a business must meet all environmental, sustainable and social protection standards. Child and slave labor are prohibited, soil and water conservation techniques are employed, wildlife is protected and toxic chemicals are discouraged.
Shade grown coffee
Conventional coffee plantations are replacing wildlife habitat at an alarming rate, and the population of songbirds across North and South America is in significant decline. Shade grown coffee is generally organic and grown without toxic chemicals, offers a hopeful alternative such as promoting a sustainable environment, helps sustain rainforests and provides a habitat for more than 150 species of birds.
Finding Green Bean Coffee
Although it is generally easy to find green products such as organic coffee beans, finding green bean coffee that is certified fair trade and organic may be a challenge.
Organic and fair trade coffee beans (roasted) can usually be found at a health food store and some coffee shops.
Check on the Internet or in the phone book for local roasters or merchants.
Your best bet in finding green bean coffee that is certified “green” is probably the Internet. In fact there are numerous companies and roasters available. Look for any of the certified labels: fair trade, organic, rainforest alliance and shade grown coffee.
A Healthy Weight Loss Diet Plan
I would like note that this article is not intended to encourage one to go on a diet of strictly green bean coffee. It is a newsflash or update on the subject.
I would also like to further state that a weight loss plan should always include a healthy diet plan and regular exercise. As well, a healthy diet should be a lifestyle and not a fad. I touch on this subject in my article “Going Green: A Healthy Organic Diet”. If you are searching for a healthy diet plan I encourage you to read this post.
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