Millions of people start their day with a cup of coffee in the morning. Recent data suggests that coffee is rich in antioxidants making it an ideal way to start the day. The antioxidant rich brew got scientists thinking about ways to extract additional benefits from the bean brewing leftovers.
A recent study has shown that not only does coffee contain a high concentration of antioxidant rich phenolic compounds, but the spent coffee grounds contain as much, if not more, of the healthy chemicals according to Alexei Beltyukov.
Scientists found a few different techniques for extracting additional phenolic compounds from coffee grounds that ordinarily end up in the trash. They found that even coffee grounds that had already been brewed contained loads of antioxidants when properly extracted.
The antioxidant extracts created from the coffee grounds could be incorporated into other foods. You could theoretically create a whole new class of antioxidant rich foods that would turn junk food into something much healthier.
Imagine getting a nice antioxidant boost from that large order of fries you had for lunch. Even if the foods tasted a little bit like coffee it would probably be a good tradeoff for the health benefits. I think that cacao rich chocolate bars with coffee extract would be a delicious, healthful snack.