Taking pure green coffee beans leads to weight loss and good health, research has shown. But even with these advantages, very few Rwandans take the beverage.
Corneille Ntakirutinka, the deputy director general in charge of Production Support and Chain Development at the National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB), says that despite relatively huge coffee and tea plantations in the country, about three to 5 per cent of the harvest is consumed locally.
"We still need to sensitise more people about the benefits of drinking coffee because many Rwandans are addicted to beer instead of coffee taking," said Ntakirutinka.
The most recent study on green coffee beans published in the Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity journal in the US shows that pure green coffee also helps with weight loss.
The study was carried out on a group of adults who supplemented their diet with green coffee bean for 12 weeks.
Over the course of the study, the subjects lost an average of 7.7 kilogrammes, about 10.5 per cent of their overall body weight and 16 per cent of their overall body fat.
Green coffee extract has been proven to reduce the actual fat content in the fat tissue without the need for tedious and tiresome exercise.
The active ingredient in the extract, chlorogenic acid, helps the release of glucose in the body and increases the metabolic process in the liver, according to Lindsey Duncan, a Naturopathic doctor and certified nutritionist Duncan explained.
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The researcher says when the green coffee is consumed, it causes the body to burn glucose or sugar and burns fat mainly in the liver. Besides, he says that coffee slows the release of sugar into the blood stream arguing that it is good since sugar turns fat.
This breakthrough mode of weight loss is now being advocated for by the majority of weight loss doctors in the US, because it provides a permanent form of weight loss, and regaining the weight is virtually impossible. Duncan said it's better to take this coffee 30 minutes before a meal.
NAEB now plans to carry out campaigns in schools targeting Rwandans on the relevancy of drinking coffee or tea, according Ntakirutinka.
However, Anastatsie Mukakayumba, a professional nutritionist at the Rwanda Diabetes Association, said people should be careful.
"They don't have to take coffee just because some study has said so but rather they should consult a nutritionist to prescribe and tell them the frequency of taking coffee based of scientifically examined status of the person," Mukakayumba warns.
She expressed worries that coffee also decomposes essential minerals in the human body like calcium, phosphor and potassium.
The nutritionists said Arabica coffee, which has less caffeine is advisable but also it needs prescriptions of a nutritionist.