Coffee Fruit: The Biggest Super-Fruit Ever
Soon, we may consume more coffee than we think or want.
Following earlier reports and studies that have shown that the coffee beans contains a high quantity of antioxidants, Research and Markets released a case study that shows amazing data about coffee fruit. The data was compiled according with Datamonitor Consumer’s ForeSight methodology.
The report was made public on April 2013 and immediately republished by medias like wall Street Journal. The big news here is that coffee fruit “ has 30 - 40 times the phenolic antioxidant levels of other so-called "super-fruits" such as blueberries, acai, and pomegranates.”
Research and Markets call themselves “world largest market research resource” and sell its reports on its website at researchandmarkets.com. The case study is aimed to find ideas for products and markets for consumers. In other words, find a way to allow people enjoy the health benefits of the coffee fruit.
What does this means for us? Following this report, it won't be surprising if, we will find some food products or health supplements containing “coffee fruit”. Some businesses would emerge and, speculating further, maybe the coffee farmers would live a little better.
The study is important because it doesn't look at coffee beans, or at the coffee as a drink. the research is about the coffee fruit.
The coffee fruit is a berry that grows in coffee bushes or trees. It is green when the fruit is young, turning red as it matures. Inside, the fruit has two beans. These are the green coffee beans that are later dried, roasted and ground, becoming the drink we consume every day.
The fruit, or what is left of it after the coffee bean is extracted, goes to waste and with it the very precious antioxidants. In some percentage, the antioxidants are found in the coffee beans as well but this new study found that the fruit has much more.
This research, in itself, is not at all relevant for consumers unless someone finds a way to incorporate the coffee fruits in a product that we could buy of the store shelves.
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What are antioxidants
In nutrition, antioxidants refers to a group of vitamins that act against free radicals or against chemicals that release free radicals. Free radicals are, in part, responsible for aging and for illnesses such cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Antioxidants can be found in lots of fruits and vegetables, the most common ones being strawberries, cherries, blueberries, prunes, kiwi, red red beans, broccoli, spinach, carrots, russet potatoes.
Other studies and researches have determined that coffee helps preventing and fighting a series of diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, colon cancer, liver cirrhosis, type 2 diabetes, depression etc. Also, some other studies have concluded that coffee is not recommended for people suffering from high blood pressure or pregnant women.
These studies are, sometimes, contradicting each other. As far as I understand, there are going to be more researches on coffee subject, since coffee is the second largest traded commodity in the world, after oil. The above health benefits must be taken with a grain of salt.