Research in April 2014 that a coffee bean pill would beat Type 2 diabetes, based on the theory that naturally occurring chlorogenic acids in coffee beans could help control blood glucose levels and weight, has been attacked by ‘experts’.
The original report even claimed that drinking seven cups of coffee a day was already known to cut the risk of diabetes by 50 per cent; and that roasting the beans for coffee (which breaks down the acids) would give even better results.
However, Dr Matthew Hobbs, Head of Research at Diabetes UK, said, “Although there is some preliminary evidence to suggest that an increased intake in polyphenols and/or flavanoids, for example, through tea and coffee, can reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes and help manage the condition, research in this area is limited and has for the most part been carried out on small and unrepresentative samples.
In particular, there has been a lack of investigation into understanding why this may happen, what specific ingredient may be causing positive effects or what the possible risks would be of increasing intake of tea and coffee, for example, to seven cups a day.
There is nowhere near enough evidence to support advice for people at risk of Type 2 to increase their intake of coffee in any form”.