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What is green coffee bean extract exactly, and what makes it different than consuming other coffee products? Green coffee beans, and products labeled as “green coffee bean extract,” come from coffee beans that haven’t been roasted or highly processed. Normally the beans used to make the black/brewed coffee we drink are roasted at 475 degrees Fahrenheit, which changes the bean’s chemical structure, color, aroma, taste and concentration of nutrients. Rather than being brewed into a drink, pure green coffee bean/seed extract is usually taken in a pill form, made from crushed green coffee beans that have higher concentrations of certain nutrients.
Green coffee is a rich source of several types of antioxidants and other beneficial compounds, including a number of polyphenols. One type of polyphenol called chlorogenic acid is found in high amounts in green coffee beans. Chlorogenic acid is considered one of the most beneficial things about consuming coffee beans and the reason that green coffee supplements are said to act as natural weight loss aids and fat burners. Unfortunately, roasting coffee beans removes a portion of the chlorogenic acid found in coffee, which is why consumption of pure/unroasted beans is considered to be superior in a number of ways.