The beneficial properties of brewed coffee are increasingly being described in articles and scientific studies. They can be considered proven. But what happens when you eat coffee beans without any preparation or even grinding? It turns out that there are not a few passionate lovers of munching coffee beans. What gives and what is the danger of such a “hobby”, let’s try to understand.
The history of the first “eaters”
According to the records of travelers, people were eating coffee beans long before they learned how to make a drink out of them. African herders had noticed that wild goats enjoyed eating the leaves and fruits of coffee trees and became much more vigorous afterwards. People tried the delicacy and were convinced of the tonic effect.
Later, the aborigines used the beans for dry rations on long hikes. These were balls of fruit covered with animal fat. Such a “pocket” ration provided nutrition and a boost of vigor.
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Why People Never Stopped Chewing Coffee Beans
Coffee is used to make an incredible number of exquisite beverages. But culinary evolution has not made humans completely abandon the desire to eat the raw material in its natural form.
The main arguments of avid “chewers” are:
- Pleasure, taste. When crushed in the mouth, the bean crunches pleasantly, gradually exuding the natural, purest taste of coffee.
- Instant boost of vitality. The effect is ensured by a high content of caffeine
- Benefits. Scientists have mainly studied the effect of the finished drink on health. But also coffee beans are useful for a person with moderate consumption. Logically, given the analogy of the composition.
, its rapid entry into the body.
Coffee berries are believed to be able to hide the smell of alcohol. This is only possible with a very weak, distant “aroma”. In serious cases, even special remedies do not help.
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Whole beans contain the same substances as ground powder. The only difference is the concentration. The content of caffeine and other components is much lower in water-diluted, brewed powder.
With eaten grains the body receives:
- chlorogenic acid;
- amino acids;
- essential oils.
And this is not a complete description of the rich composition. Calculations have shown: eating 30 g of coffee beans, a person gets about 85 calories, 13 g of carbohydrates and 11 g of fiber.
The most significant of the components is caffeine with its beneficial and harmful properties. It enters the body with the fruit in undiluted form, being quickly absorbed through the mucous membrane of the mouth. Consumption of coffee beans should therefore be limited.
A safe daily dose of caffeine for a healthy person is 400 g, a single dose is 200 g. That is 20 and 10 beans, respectively.
Benefits of whole fruits
Coffee beans give the body more than just liveliness and energy. Thanks to its essential oils and acids, the beans sanitize the mouth and refresh the breath. As an alternative to chewing gum, you can eat coffee beans whole. It is disinfectant and effective prevention of tooth decay.
Theobromine balances blood glucose. Tannin has antibacterial effects, removes toxins, improves digestion. Theophylline is a natural thrombosis preventive, a respiratory system stimulant.
The content of amino acids in grains has a beneficial effect on the immune system, provides vascular tone. Lipids are protectors of the nervous system. And fiber is necessary to control cholesterol levels. If the body gets it in sufficient quantities, the risk of cancer is significantly reduced.
Chlorogenic acid is a strong natural antioxidant. It stimulates metabolism and the circulatory system. As a result, the accumulation of fat is reduced and blood vessels are cleaned. Those who strive for an ideal figure can additionally eat coffee beans.
Chlorogenic acid almost completely evaporates during thermal treatment (roasting). Therefore, supporters of a healthy lifestyle eat only raw, green beans.
If you eat coffee beans in moderation, they will do only good. If you consume too much, you may experience these side effects:
- Heartburn. This indicates an abnormal functioning of the stomach. Caffeine and catechols increase acidity, resulting in the release of stomach acid into the esophagus. Bloating and nausea may also be observed.
- Laxative effect. Caffeine has a laxative effect. In rare cases, it gives rise to diarrhea. It is very harmful for people suffering from intestinal diseases to eat coffee beans.
- Insomnia. An overdose of “energy” can cause sleep disorders. The condition is sometimes accompanied by anxiety, tremor, heart rhythm malfunction. In such cases, you need to reduce the dose, do not eat beans before going to bed.
Coffee beans are contraindicated in pregnancy and individual intolerance of the components. Hard beans are also not recommended to chew people with weak, sensitive tooth enamel.
Original recipes with kernels
And now for a couple of secrets on how chewy fruit lovers can make their diet more refined.
In a water bath, you need to melt a good, natural chocolate. In the same container pour the coffee beans and stir. Take out with a fork each dragee and place it on parchment. After two hours in the refrigerator, the dessert can be eaten. If you pour the entire mixture into a mold, you get a perfect bar. The bitter chocolate with the addition of a pinch of pepper and salt will make a spicy dietary treat.
Coffee & Orange Liqueur
Make 44 shallow slits in an orange and put a grain of coffee in each one. Put the fruit in a bowl and add 250g of powdered sugar. Pour 500 ml of vodka on top. Covered with a lid, keep the tincture in the refrigerator for 44 days, shaking occasionally. Before serving, the liquor should be strained. Surely the number 44 has a secret meaning, it is better to stick to it.
Sambuca “with flies.”
The original Italians came up with their own recipe for sambuca, calling it con mosca (“with flies”) The difference from the usual sambuca is the presence of three coffee beans at the bottom of the glass. The cocktail has a pleasant flavor. The “flies” must by all means be eaten, as they represent health and prosperity. At least that’s what Italian bartenders say.