When most people think of coffee, they think of a quick pick me up for the day. What most people don’t know is that it’s rich in antioxidants known as polyphenols. One very important one in coffee is chlorogenic acid (CGA). CGA helps to stop oxidation and reduce inflammation in the body. Some coffee beans have higher amounts of CGAs and are usually grown at high elevation and near the equator. A few places that grow coffee beans with higher quantity of CGAs is Ethiopia, Brazil, Kenya, and Columbia. The following are a some coffees with the highest content of CGAs at the grocery store: Dunkin Donuts Original Blend and McCafe Premium Roast Decaf/Medium Roast. Artisanal hand-roasted coffees also have high amounts of CGAs, almost 50% more.
Brand is not the only discriminator to consider. The type of roast you buy is also important. Light and medium roasts tend to preserve CGAs better because the beans are not roasted at higher temperatures as those coffees labeled “dark roast.” You should also opt for a fresh ground coffee, because pre grounded coffee usually loses CGAs. Studies have shown that 3 to 5 cups of coffee daily is the desired amount for better health. Remember you can always drink high-polyphenol decaf coffees which can offset some of caffeine’s side affects of irritability, sleep inhibition or increased heart rate.
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