Nutrient to Know: Chlorogenic Acid

If you’re a coffee drinker, you may be getting plenty of this potent antioxidant – find out why it’s good for you.
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If you’re a coffee drinker, you may be getting plenty of this potent antioxidant – find out why it’s good for you.

What Is It?

Chlorogenic acid is classified as a “phenol” – a plant substance that has antioxidant properties.

Why Is It Good For You?

Phenols protect your cells and may prevent against degenerative conditions, like cancer and heart disease. Research has found that chlorogenic acid affects blood sugar levels and may reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Where Can I Find It?

Coffee is the place to go for this nutrient -- a cup can range anywhere from 70 to 350 milligrams depending on the type of coffee bean and how heavily roasted it is. Roasting the beans actually decreases the chlorogenic acid content, but boosts some of the other cell-protecting antioxidants. Not a coffee drinker? You can also find a healthy dose of chlorogenic acid in blueberries.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana's full bio »

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