I come across quite a few weird things people try eating to help with weight loss. I must admit this was one of the stranger ones to me and while I’m certainly not recommending it at this point, I share what I found about this simply for your information.
While drinking coffee is well known to possess numerous health benefits, which I shared in this prior newsletter. I shared previously that I had stopped drinking coffee over 30 years ago when pregnant with my oldest son, but I have since rekindled my love for it.
I’ve known people who like to eat coffee beans as a special treat but I had never heard (or thought of!) eating brewed coffee grounds. I’ve read about using them in the garden to fertilize certain plants, but never eating them. Evidently Australian scientists have been studying this for seven years. While their hypotheses haven’t been tested on humans yet, their findings have them pretty excited about the possibilities.
They found the rodents fed those coffee grounds not only had lower body weight but also less abdominal fat (the most dangerous kind); lower blood pressure and triglycerides. Their heart and liver health improved as well as their glucose tolerance. The number, quality and types of gut microbes increased which is a very positive result.
The difference between drinking coffee and ingesting some of the brewed grounds is that even though both contain many of the same health inducing properties, the act of brewing dramatically changes the types and numbers of certain bacteria that have long been studied for their ability to cause weight loss.
While much more study needs to be done before this is a blanket recommendation, the lead investigator of this study is testing it on himself by including a small amount of the brewed grounds that have been dried in a 140 degree oven for one to two hours in bread and muffin recipes. He suggests grinding it further into a finer powder so it isn’t so gritty. You could theoretically put a teaspoon into yogurt, cereal or even a protein shake. A tablespoon a day is what was suggested.
If you decide to try this, since coffee is known to be one of the most contaminated crops worldwide, I would strongly urge you to make sure to buy and drink organic coffee. Conventionally grown coffee is heavily sprayed with pesticides, chemicals and combined with solvents and you certainly don’t want to drink or eat those!
Would you consider eating brewed coffee grounds?
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