So maybe confirmed is a little strong. But several recent studies have determined there are health benefits to a cup of coffee or an iced latte. One such study (Journal of Medicinal Foods) suggests that lighter roasted coffee contains more chlorogenic acid. This acid is a potent antioxidant and is linked to the reduction of inflammation. The researchers are understandably careful in attributing too much importance to any single chemical. Diseases born of chronic inflammation include heart disease, cancer and neurological diseases such as Alzheiner’s. These diseases are progressive and often develop over a span of years making the role of coffee difficult to accurately evaluate.
Coffee beans grown at higher elevations have more polyphenols, including chlorogenic acid. And since most high altitude beans are arabica variants. This includes beans grown in Central America, Colombia, Ethiopia and Kenya. (*)
What does this mean to you? Well, if you are looking for a another reason to drink coffee - here it is. If you’re looking for a reason not to drink coffee … why are you reading this article?
(*) The Coffee Lover’s Bible, Dr. Bob Arnot