The jury is still out on this one. However there are some indications that green coffee may be healthier than black coffee. One study showed that green coffee beans had a higher concentration of antioxidants than black coffee beans. Do you know that Antioxidants are beneficial for the body. Well they help to fight off free radicals, which can damage cells and lead to disease.
Chlorogenic and coffee:
Chlorogenic acids (CGA) are a predominant class of phenolic acids found in coffee. CGA have substantial biological activities . They may be responsible for the beneficial effects of coffee on glucose regulation and the development of type 2 diabetes.
So increasing coffee consumption could actually improve health. Either this is because green coffee beans contain more chlorogenic acid than coffee beans that have been roasted. Or coffee needed to be boiled before being consumed to be effective. Or Simply coffee is not what is responsible for the health effects at all. What happens when green coffee bean extract is drunk as a beverage?
Chlorogenic acid scavenges free radicals, which inhibits DNA damage and may protect against the induction of carcinogenesis.
Coffee and risk of type 2 diabetes:
If you are drinking coffee to decrease your risk of type 2 diabetes.
Guess what? it’s not going to work,” says Andrew Reynolds . He is professor of environment and health at Bedfordshire University. who has researched green coffee. He says: “It may help people lose a bit of weight. But when you’re talking about lowering blood glucose there is no evidence at all.
According to Wikipedia : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cafestol
Cafestol is a diterpenoid molecule present in coffee beans. It is one of the compounds that may be responsible for proposed biological and pharmacological effects of coffee.
Green coffee, however, lacks cafestol, so it may not raise cholesterol as much. But there’s a downside too: Studies in humans have not yet shown that green coffee is effective in weight loss. Let alone at helping prevent diabetes or heart disease.
Researchers concluded that cafestol is the “most potent cholesterol-elevating compound identified in the human diet.” If you have a genetic mutation that slows down coffee metabolism in your body and you drink two or more cups of coffee a day, your risk for heart disease may be higher.
The researchers did find the coffee beans contained higher levels of moisture and protein but there wasn’t a difference between the green and roasted beans for total fat, oil, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, ash, or caffeine content. But there was a tendency for caffeine to be greater in the green coffee beans due to the lower roasting of coffee beans. This suggests that green coffee bean supplements may have more caffeine than coffee, meaning the green beans might actually be healthier than black.