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    Ask the Chef: What is Chlorogenic Acid?

    By Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef | March 16, 2015

    Q: What is chlorogenic acid?

    This is a question that I've been hearing a lot lately, probably because of this nutrient's growing popularity in health-conscious circles, thanks to its many distinct benefits. Chlorogenic acid is a natural compound, photochemical, and antioxidant that's found in plants and plays a part in plant metabolism. However, it is also beneficial in the human body and exists in many of the foods that you already eat every day.For centuries, it's been used to boost metabolism, aid digestion, and boost energy. Let's learn a little about its benefits and some delicious ways to get more of it into you daily diet.

    In medical research studies, chlorogenic acid has been linked to reduced blood sugar levels, which is particularly important for diabetics. Other studies have indicated that it is a useful weight loss aid and can help reduce the risk of obesity. By slowing down the production and release of blood sugar and balancing glucose levels, it may be able to prevent excess fat stores and boosts the liver's ability to metabolize fat.

    According to Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Traditional Medicine in Portland, Oregon, chlorogenic acid also plays a role in healthy liver and gallbladder function. Although some researchers have been investigating how chlorogenic acid can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease and some types of infections, more research is needed to substantiate these claims.

    You might not realize it, but there are many foods packed with chlorogenic acid that you might already have in your kitchen. These are some edibles that naturally contain small amounts of chlorogenic acid:

    • Coffee & Espresso
    • Black tea
    • Prunes
    • Bamboo
    • Eggplant
    • Apples
    • Blueberries
    • Tomatoes
    • Pears

    Of this list, it's coffee beans that are one of the highest sources. To help preserve the chlorogenic acid contained in coffee, one of the absolute best natural sources of chlorogenic acids is actually green coffee. Green coffee beans are simply coffee beans that haven't yet been roasted. This is important because the process of roasting coffee beans significantly reduces the amount of chlorogenic acid. Navitas Naturals Green Coffee Powder is made from unroasted Arabica coffee beans that are grown organically and handpicked in Peru, offering about the same amount of caffeine per serving as green tea. As a whole food and not an isolated extract, this powder is also a great source of dietary fiber and micronutrients.

    I personally love green coffee powder because it doesn't carry a strong coffee flavor, making it very easy to incorporate into all types of recipes. It mixes really well into smoothies, desserts, yogurts and beverages. One of the favorite blender recipes at Navitas HQ right now is our coffee cake smoothie recipe -- bursting with chlorogenic acid thanks to green coffee powder, and made decadently delicious with lucuma powder, pears, mulberries, and almond butter. So good!