This question was answered on Thu 29, Apr 2010 07:36pm by Dr Vinod, MBBS,FcGP

Eating coffee beans.

    
Asked by chekparker (Male; 18; UNITED STATES; Fit, rarely sick. High tolerance of medications and things like caffeine (it takes more than usual to affect me) ) on Thu 29, Apr 2010 02:11pm

I've heard that eating coffee beans can be dangerous. I've also heard that it has some health benefits. What are the real pros and cons of eating roasted coffee beans?

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Answer by Dr Vinod, MBBS,FcGP  on Thu 29, Apr 2010 07:36pm:

Hello! Coffee beans as organic products are available, and safe for most to eat. You can eat them as it contains fiber, other vitamins. Each bean contains 0.8 - 2.5 % caffeine. For your information in an average cup of coffee you have 75mg caffeine. One cup of coffee contains around 25 coffee beans, and you are not getting the full coffee bean in coffee, so the caffeine can add up if you eat a lot. You can calculate and eat beans accordingly without causing any harm. You can easily consume 150-250mg coffee maximum regularly. Caffeine if consumed at a quantity of 150-250mg produces a sense of well being, alertness, beats boredom, allays fatigue, thinking becomes clearer even when dullness has tended to prevail after a sustained intellectual effort, improves performance and increases motor activity. Sprinkling crushed beans over ice cream or having a few handfuls of chocolate covered coffee beans in one sitting is not going to turn you into a caffeine addict or make you sick. However, eating coffee beans whole is the purest form of allowing caffeine to enter the bloodstream and can have negative effects in large doses or if eaten on a consistent basis. Coffee has a high acidity level, eating regularly can lead to stomach pains. Hot flashes over the entire body may result from eating beans regularly. The loss of motor skills or the inability to do normal tasks can happen when too many coffee beans are eaten. It is easy to overdose on coffee beans because of their high concentration of caffeine. Symptoms of exhaustion, fatigue, fever and an increased heart rate can occur when high doses of caffeine are consumed from coffee beans. People who do not normally drink coffee and have other risk factors for heart disease may increase their risk of a heart attack if they drink too much coffee or eat too many beans regularly. So with controlled intake and with proper understanding of pros and cons this will cause no harm to you. Take care!

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Comment by on Thu 29, Apr 2010 09:04pm:
Hello, Welcome to the forum. I agree with DR Vinod that overuse of anything is bad and same is true for coffee beans. Medically stating eating roasted coffee beans has some uses but the disadvantages far outnumber the uses. One more disadvantage of eating roasted coffee beans is addiction of eating coffee beans and mood swings. A large amount of coffee or caffeine consumed all at once can have a negative effect on blood sugar levels that influences fat burning that could change into storing fat and it can also stain teeth. Caffeine causes the urinary excretion of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and trace minerals, which can lead to osteoporosis. I hope it helps. Take care and please do keep us posted in case you have any additional doubts. Kind regards.

Comment by Dr J Singh on Thu 29, Apr 2010 09:05pm:
Hello, Welcome to the forum. I agree with DR Vinod that overuse of anything is bad and same is true for coffee beans. Medically stating eating roasted coffee beans has some uses but the disadvantages far outnumber the uses. One more disadvantage of eating roasted coffee beans is addiction of eating coffee beans and mood swings. A large amount of coffee or caffeine consumed all at once can have a negative effect on blood sugar levels that influences fat burning that could change into storing fat and it can also stain teeth. Caffeine causes the urinary excretion of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and trace minerals, which can lead to osteoporosis. I hope it helps. Take care and please do keep us posted in case you have any additional doubts. Kind regards.

Comment by Laura B. on Wed 29, Sep 2010 07:13am:
What about eating decaf beans? Also, is there too much fiber in coffee beans and/or is it bad for your digestive system?

Comment by jj on Tue 02, Aug 2011 06:51pm:
This doesn't make any sense, if pure espresso is good for you so is eating the correct amount of coffee beans.

Comment by rowena on Tue 27, Mar 2012 07:57pm:
im so love to eat coffee beans specially when Im stress...like 2 pieces of coffee beans a day...

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