Here’s what coffee does to your appetite

By Kristen Underwood — / Coffee Talk

Can coffee suppress my appetite?

With summer right around the corner, as hemlines rise with the temperatures, more people are focusing on their health habits to shed a few pounds for the boat days on the horizon. Word on the street is, coffee curves the appetite. Rumor also has it that although caffeinated coffee can suppress your appetite, if you’re looking to lose weight, you may be better off sticking to decaf, but you didn’t hear it from me.

Here’s what coffee does to your appetite:

Coffee contains phytochemical compounds called chlorogenic acids, the most abundant of the many naturally occurring acids in green and roasted coffee beans. These acids are an important group of biologically active and antioxidant dietary phenols. The ability these acids have to control hunger and suppress appetite have caught the eyes of many obesity researchers and dietary supplement manufacturers alike. Chlorogenic acids are also found in apples, pears, artichokes, strawberries, pineapple, sunflower and blueberries.

While coffee already has some incredible health benefits, including antioxidants and nutrients, the next time your craving hits, reach for a little decaf. Try to go for organic coffee as well, whenever possible. Decaffeinated coffee has been shown to reduce hunger and takes the cake to regular coffee as an appetite suppressant, due to a protein known as “PYY”. PYY is released by cells in your large intestine and help “turn off” your desire to eat. 

Drinking coffee in moderation may modestly boost your metabolism and reduce your desire to eat. Just keep in mind, coffee elevates cortisol. Elevated cortisol suppresses immunity, enhances muscle breakdown linking to abdominal fat. If you want to reach your summer goals, I encourage you to sip in moderation.  


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