Stomach Cells Happier With Dark Roast Coffee

Ever get a sour stomach after your morning coffee? Well, you might end up switching to a dark roast–because that coffee concoction may leave you with a happier tummy. That’s according to research presented at the American Chemical Society meeting in San Francisco. [And to be published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry , http://bit.ly/cberXM ]

Some coffees are labeled “stomach friendly,” because they’re steam treated to drive out caffeine and other chemicals thought to cause gastrointestinal distress. But food chemists [Veronika Somoza et al] wanted to know exactly which chemicals were behind the heartburn. So they took extracts of two coffee blends–one light, one dark–and their steam-treated counterparts. Each extract proved to be a unique chemical mix, with different amounts of caffeine and other compounds.


The material in this press release comes from the originating research organization. Content may be edited for style and length. Want more? Sign up for our daily email.