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Any harm in eating coffee grounds?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 08, 2013 at 2:30 PM

I know this is a bit similar to my previous question, but I'd like to frame this more generally:

By tossing whole beans in my blender, as part of my smoothie, is there any pro or con?

E.g. Would the ground beans be extra fiber (a good thing I think)?

ANY downsides?

Why are coffee beans not subjected to the same anti-nutrient concerns as are other beans?

I think my other question was too specific.

Thanks, Mike

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on January 09, 2013
at 01:45 AM

never made it myself, but I was under the impression that it was the grinds. This seems to indicate the same, don't know enough to refute either way: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-instant-coffee.htm

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on January 08, 2013
at 11:31 PM

Instant coffee is brewed and then freeze dried almost immediately after brewing. So it's not really ground up beans. It's the part of the bean that dissolves on the water, that's why you don't need to filter it.

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on January 08, 2013
at 05:17 PM

Great point on the phytic acid, thanks! I suspect because the total weight I'd be consuming is so much less, it would not be as significant as eating 4oz of almonds.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on January 08, 2013
at 03:04 PM

Coffee beans contain phytic acid, much lower than other types of seeds. I've never seen any literature on whether roasting or brewing removes the phytic acid or not. It is also very acidic, so you want to watch that.

In terms of blending into a smoothie. My assumption is that there would not be a problem. I've seen chocolate covered coffee beans for sale, and instant coffee is just freeze dried and pulverized coffee beans, so you consume them whole...

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on January 08, 2013
at 11:31 PM

Instant coffee is brewed and then freeze dried almost immediately after brewing. So it's not really ground up beans. It's the part of the bean that dissolves on the water, that's why you don't need to filter it.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on January 08, 2013
at 05:17 PM

Great point on the phytic acid, thanks! I suspect because the total weight I'd be consuming is so much less, it would not be as significant as eating 4oz of almonds.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on January 09, 2013
at 01:45 AM

never made it myself, but I was under the impression that it was the grinds. This seems to indicate the same, don't know enough to refute either way: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-instant-coffee.htm

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on January 08, 2013
at 02:38 PM

Although coffee is called a bean, it's not a true bean, i.e., a legume. Coffee beans are the seeds from the fruit of the coffee tree.

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on January 08, 2013
at 06:38 PM

I know people that eat coffee beans raw. Not saying everyone can / should do it, but it is definitely possible.

Historically speaking, I am sure our ancestors did the same at some point in time. Perhaps do to lack of ways to pulp the beans or maybe due to convenience. Anyone else have thoughts on this?

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on January 08, 2013
at 03:44 PM

Eating the grounds rips my stomach up...too acidic. Others may (and seem to) tolerate it just fine.

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