Light Coffee Roasts Have More Health Benefits Than Dark Roasts

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Light Roast Coffee vs Dark Roast Coffee

Science tends to have a answer for everything even when it comes to coffee roasts. In a recent study according to the Journal of Food Medicine, light coffee roasts is healthier than the darker side. Who would have thought the dark side carried such a secret. If you like to read the science “Mumbo Jumbo” then feel free to jump down to the next paragraph, other wise if your like me you can just assume it’s right because science say’s so.



Light Coffee Roast is healthier than dark roast

The Medical Science Side Of The Story

In the Journal of Medicinal Food the study “Cellular Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Effects Of Coffee Extracts with Different Roasting Levels” by Jung Saahon, Kim Min Hyung, Park jae Hee, Jeong Yoonhwa, and Ko Kwang Suk, showed that during the coffee roasting process there are large changes that occur in the composition & physiological effects of coffee beans. In the study green coffee extracts of arabica coffee were investigated. The focus was on different roasting levels (light, medium, city, and French roast). The caffeine level for each coffee roast did not show any major difference or change, but the total chlorogenic acid content did. It was observed that light roasted coffee had a higher level of chlorogenic acid contents compared to the other roast levels. Besides having a higher chlorogenic acid content lighter coffee roasts also had the highest antioxidant activity in the 2, 2- diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) assay. Coffee extracts were used to treat AM-12 cells in order to determine the in vitro antioxidant property. Roasting levels also seemed to be negatively related to intracellular glutathione (GSH) concentration and mRNA expression levels of genes related to GSH synthesis. Lipopolysaccharide-treated RAW 264.7 macrophage cells were used to investigate the anti-inflammatory effects of coffee extracts. Similar patterns as the AML-12 cells were observed for cellular antioxidant activity of coffee extracts.


Back To The Coffee Lover’s Language

To sum it up for the coffee layperson, the study showed that lighter coffee roasts are much healthier then the darker roasts. I don’t know about you but when science says so then who am I to disagree.

Since now you know what’s healthier for your coffee habits, you might think of moving over to the lighter side of coffee and there is nothing better then Caribou Coffee Daybreak Light Roast .  You can order this light roast coffee and have it delivered to you today. For your convenience there is a link to it below.


Caribou Coffee Daybreak Light Roast, Ground Coffee 20 Ounce bag (Click To Order)



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