Is it unhealthy to eat roasted coffee beans?

Is it unhealthy to eat roasted coffee beans?

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  1. I don’t think it’s unhealthy.
    It might even be healthy.
    But I’d much rather buy a bag of chocolate covered coffee beans to snack on – they’re definitely less healthy; but so, so tasty 🙂

  2. It is consumption of the coffee bean that counts. Whether liquid or solid, there will be effects of coffee on the body. I have eaten roasted beans that tasted not bad…the effects of the caffeine seemed to be stronger. Did not taste good enough to repeat, so I didn’t.

  3. Coffee bean is the seed of a red/ purple coffee fruit referred to as cherry. Even though the coffee bean is no more than a seed, it is referred as “bean” because of its resemblance to actual beans. I am sure that these are things you would know. The bean is green in colour when the fruit is stripped off it. These beans are then roasted on various scales, ranging from light to dark, which gives us the coffee we know of.
    To put a few things into context, let me set a few facts right.
    Yes, you can eat roasted coffee beans.
    One bean can contain upto 6mg caffeine.
    Coffee beans contain a number of rich anti-oxidants.
    They also contain acids and other volatile compounds.
    The average consumption of caffeine is limited to 400mg for a full-grown adult.
    Having said that, let’s evaluate the pros and cons of eating roasted coffee beans. However, the number of positives outweigh the negatives.
    Coffee has high antioxidant content due to the presence of chlorogenic acids, which belong to a compound known as phenolic acids. Green Arabica beans may contain upto 140–150mg/g of chlorogenic acid compared to 80mg/g in green tea. When coffee beans are roasted, it losses almost 50–70% of these compounds depending on the scale of roast. Even then, it is much higher when compared to dried tea leaves. These antioxidants can protect us from inflammation and cardiovascular diseases.

    So, it is clear that eating undiluted roasted coffee beans will provide you a lot more antioxidants than a cup of brewed coffee.
    The same chlorogenic acids increase the solubility of caffeine, thereby helping your body to absorb more caffeine faster. Now, caffeine itself has a lot of benefits to provide. Caffeine can cut down the risk of oral cancer by as much as 50%. A question here may arise “why oral cancer?” That is because caffeine is generally absorbed by our bodies through the mucus membrane, thereby leaving a bitter-sour aftertaste.

    Other benefits of caffeine include liver detoxification, stimulating hair growth, protection against cataracts, increased semen volume, etc.
    A cup of coffee (espresso, black ot latte) contains no more than 12 calories, which mostly comes from milk (that is if you add any). A cup of black coffee does not contain more than 1–2 calories. This is because coffee beans have fewer calories in them. Coffee beans do not require much energy in nature. Whatever boost in energy we feel is majorly because of the caffeine present in coffee.
    Coffee beans contain acids and other volatile compounds. During roasting of green beans where it losses a better chuck of its antioxidants, a fewer number of volatile compounds are neutralised and other compounds (such as derivatives of fatty acids) are increased/ heightened. This may lead to heart burn and other unwanted side-effects.

    If diluted coffee cause heart burning sensation, it is advisable to keep away from direct consumption of roasted coffee beans. It is only likely to be worsened in that case.
    As mentioned above that the maximum caffeine intake for an average adult is 400mg, it is better you keep a check on the number of coffee beans you consume. Roasted coffee beans may contain upto 6mg caffeine each. Keeping a check on the number of beans being consumed is advisable. Eating too many may result in high cholestrol, laxative effect and major bodily discomforts.
    Hence, if consumed in limited quantities, eating roasted coffee beans will do you good. If still in doubt, it is always a good idea to take medical advice.

  4. It is common to be served a couple of roasted beans with your espresso after a meal. It is common for people to eat the beans. Chocolate covered beans is a treat that I have seen in many different places.
    I have never heard of anyone coming to harm from the practice. However, I would avoid eating several handfuls at one time. Each bean does contain caffeine so eating too many beans might give you the jitters.
    Original question: Is it unhealthy to eat roasted coffee beans?

  5. Thanks for A2A Andrew.
    Before answering your question, I have gone through most of the answers here. According to me, benefits of coffee come hand in hand with the caffeine. Roasted coffee means not only more antioxidants and other benefits(if any, at all) but much more caffeine as well. So, it’s upto you to decide to have antioxidants at The price of so much caffeine or not.
    I’ll certainly vote it as unhealthy .

  6. Can you eat coffee?
    I’ve heard tell that drinking coffee in moderate amounts does promote overall health but I don’t know about eating it… it sounds rather horrifying to me .

  7. Others have given good answers, but I would like to add that, while when you brew coffee you only extract a relatively small percentage of the caffeine amount, if you eat the coffee beans, you will take in most of the caffeine.
    So eating the same amount of coffee as you would use for a cup of coffee, will give you a lot more caffeine. This means that it takes more moderation with the beans, than with the drinks.

  8. well, i don’t know if it’s healthy or not and everyone else has already given you very detailed answers, so i’ll just share my personal experience. one morning i was in a hurry and had no time to brew coffee, so i just ate some beans straight from the bag; i figured it’d be the same thing, pretty much, right? wrong. first of, they’re very dry and hard to swallow, and bits of the beans will stick to your mouth and throat unless you drink some water. secondly, afterward i felt like i’d drank several cups of coffee. it was not a fun experience. healthy? i don’t know, but i wouldn’t recommend it.

  9. Neither drinking brewed coffee nor consuming roasted beans are unhealthy in moderation. I’ve come across several recepies that call for ground coffee or espresso powder, and I’ve also heard of people recommending chewing coffee beans to get rid of garlic breath.

  10. In principle, no. You can buy chocolate covered coffee beans from a variety of outlets. A roasted coffee bean is the same thing but without the chocolate coating.
    If you’re sensitive to caffeine it’s probably worth avoiding them.
    As with anything else the internet can only offer generic advice. If you’re concerned about whether something is unhealthy for you as an individual, as opposed to unhealthy in general, talk to your doctor.

  11. Coffee beans are safe to eat — but should not be consumed in excess. They’re packed with antioxidants and caffeine, which may boost energy and lower your risk of certain diseases. … That said, when eaten in moderation, coffee beans can be a safe and healthy way to get your caffeine fix.

  12. I haven’t seen any literature to suggest that eating roasted coffee beans (at least in moderation) should be unhealthy, and as other posts have noted the beans should be a good source of antioxidants.
    Two minor caveats: How well the beneficial antioxidants would be extracted from the beans in the stomach/intestinal environment (as opposed to hot water extraction) has probably not been studied. And coffee prepared by unfiltered methods (like a French press or percolator) has been found to raise cholesterol levels, especially LDL, (unlike filtered coffee), probably arising from terpenes that are removed by paper filters. Whether this deleterious effect persists in eating roasted beans has not been studied.

    Victor Allen’s

  13. A2A How much do you intend to eat? When eating coffee beans you are getting a more concentrated package of antioxidants, and caffeine. Eating some as a snack (chocolate covered coffee beans are especially yummy) is fine, gobbling down cupfuls would be excessive.

  14. I have read that eating coffee beans can cause heart burn, disrupt sleep, have a laxative effect, ward off sleepiness. It also can decrease pain in certain circumstances. It helps absorb caffine faster, it helps you get more antioxidants. So it does not seem to me that it is too detrimental if you use it with caution.
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  15. Eating roasted beans? Well gee whiz, now there’s a thought. I’m not sure if a good cup of coffee the conventional way using water can be improved on. Doesn’t seem very appetizing to just crunch away on a handful of beans. You mention something about unhealthy…you might wanna rethink this. Good luck


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