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Could Your Coffee Maker Be Raising Your Bad (LDL) Cholesterol?

According to medical experts, high cholesterol is tied to heart disease and is the most common cause of death around the world

Shortly after we built our first cold brew coffee system in 2009 we uncovered some research studies from Harvard and Baylor Universities that indicated Espresso and French Press had very high levels Cafestol, (a cholesterol elevating compound). This prompted us to question how the cold brew method compared to other brew methods. We conducted our first lab tests in 2009, and again in 2017 where we partnered with a lab that specializes in coffee testing and coffee research. See lab test results below comparing various brew methods to the BOD® cold brew system by BodyBrew®.

Baylor College Of Medicine Doctor Says Cafestol Is The Most Potent Cholesterol Elevating Compound Known

Published research from Baylor College of Medicine and Harvard University shows that Cafestol could be harmful to your health. According to Dr. David Moore, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine, Cafestol is the most potent cholesterol elevating compound known. Dr. Marie-Louise Ricketts, a postdoctoral student and first author of the report, French press coffee and espresso contain the highest levels of Cafestol.

Single Serve, Espresso, & French Press Have Dramatically Higher Levels Of Cafestol Than BodyBrew® Coffee System

According to medical experts, high cholesterol is tied to heart disease and is the most common cause of death around the world. A study published by Molecular Endocrinology in July 2007, says that CAFESTOL is the most potent cholesterol elevating compound found in the human diet, and consumption of unfiltered coffee such as the Scandinavian-type boiled, (French-press), and Turkish coffee raises triacylglycerol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol concentrations in humans. A high intake of boiled coffee was associated with hypercholesterolemia and risk of coronary heart disease in Norway and Finland, and CAFESTOL was later identified as the factor responsible.
https://academic.oup.com/mend/article/21/7/1603/2738489

Cafestol Lab Test Results

Cafestol Lab Test Results Diluted sample = 2 oz. of BOD cold brew extract with 6 oz. water.
Lab Test Results Summary
  • French Press

    French Press

    697% Higher
    6x more
  • Single Serve

    Single Serve

    5,177% Higher
    51x more
  • Espresso

    Espresso

    7,621% Higher
    76x more

Is Espresso, or French Press Giving You A Burning Stomach, Heartburn or GERD?

Acids in coffee may be responsible for stomach upset and can even lead to heartburn and aggravate acid reflux. According to the Cleveland Clinic, 1 out of every 10 adults experiences heartburn one or more times per week. Such frequency can indicate GERD. According to healthline.com cold brew coffee has a lower amounts of acids, which may make it an acceptable choice for those with GERD or heartburn. However, not all cold brew is created equal. For example cold brewing using a French press shows 31% more Titratable (an approximation of the Total Acidity of a solution) acids than our cold extraction method.

Total Acids Lab Test Results

Titratable Acidity Percentages Compared to BodyBrew Dilution Total Acids Lab Test Results Diluted sample = 2 oz. of BOD cold brew extract with 6 oz. water.
Lab Test Results Summary
  • Espresso

    Espresso

    438% Higher
    4x more

Total Acids Lab Test Results

Titratable Acidity Percentages Compared to BodyBrew Concentrate Acids Concentrated Concentrated Sample
Lab Test Results Summary
  • French press

    French Press

    31.3% Higher
    31% more
  • Espresso

    Espresso

    51.3% Higher
    51% more

Espresso Is High In Tannic Acid & May Lead To Acid Wear, Tooth Decay & Stained Teeth

Tannic Acid Staining Teeth

Studies at the Texas A&M Health Sciences Center, Baylor College of Dentistry as well as the President of the Academy of General Dentistry, say tannic acid in coffee can stain teeth and weaken tooth enamel. Your enamel is what protects your teeth, so if it is weakened or wears away, then your teeth become more vulnerable to decay.

Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body, it’s not smooth and flat like it appears. Instead, it has tiny pits and grooves that get filled with beverage and food particles. If you drink hot coffee, the heat can make your teeth expand and contract which allows the stains to penetrate even farther into the pits and grooves in the enamel. Tannic acid can also wear teeth down, and promote tooth decay, making cavities more likely.

Teeth Damage From Tannic Acid
Yellow Teeth
Yellow Stained
Teeth
Enamel Erosion Teeth
Enamel Erosion-Acid
Wear
Cavities Teeth
Cavities & Tooth
Decay

Third party lab tests show coffee brewed using the BOD® Cold Brew Coffee System is low in Tannic acid. As you can see from the graph below not all cold brew is created equal either. Brewing in a French press produces coffee with over 68% more tannic acid than our cold brew/cold extraction method, and brewing in a Espresso machine produces coffee with 858% 8X more tannic acid than our cold brew/cold extraction method.

Tannic Acids* Lab Test Results

Tannic Acidity Percentages Compared to BodyBrew Concentrate Tannic Acids Concentrated Sample
Lab Test Results Summary
  • French press

    French Press

    68.9% Higher
    69% more
  • Espresso

    Espresso

    851% Higher
    8x more

*Acid testing was conducted in 2017 and scientifically supervised by Coffee Enterprises, a lab specializing in coffee testing.

**The information provided on this page in not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition. Cafestol and Acid lab tests may vary and only applies to the coffee samples analyzed tests were conducted according to each coffee maker manufacturer's instructions. BodyBrew® makes no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or adequacy of the information provided to us from third party providers. Lab tests may vary depending on type of coffee used and other variables. BodyBrew® disclaims all liability for errors, inaccuracies or omissions that may occur as a result of testing errors. BodyBrew® is committed to ongoing testing and education to better understand the healthy coffee properties in cold extraction coffee.

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