First popularized by the TV show Dr. Oz back in 2012, green coffee is a lightly caffeinated beverage made from green, unroasted coffee beans. A cup of green coffee only contains about 20 milligrams of caffeine, compared to around 100 milligrams in a cup of regular black coffee. It has an interesting, earthy flavor, somewhat similar to green tea.
What are the benefits?
Studies show that drinking coffee can boost metabolism and help you lose weight. Researchers think this is caused by something called chlorogenic acid, which may work by limiting the glucose that can stay in your bloodstream, keeping you from absorbing all of the sugars and carbohydrates in the food you consume.
During the coffee roasting process, most of this acid is burned out, potentially limiting your regular coffee’s weight-loss effects. Unroasted coffee beans, on the other hand, still contain all of their original chlorogenic acid, which suggests that they may be more helpful to weight loss than their roasted counterparts. For this reason, many people believe that green coffee may be especially good for metabolism, and drink it with or just after a meal.
Because researchers haven’t yet conducted conclusive studies, these health benefits remain unconfirmed.
What we know for sure is that green coffee has an unusual flavor and a lower caffeine content. If you’re looking to cut down on caffeine or shake up your morning routine, you may want to give green coffee a try