Cascara, superfood or just super good?
Cascara, the dried husk of the coffee cherry, in addition to having a unique fruit flavor, more tea and fruit like than coffee, has long been rumored to be a superfood. Now that more and more research is available, ironically, the once discarded portion of the coffee has quite a nutritional story.
Cascara contains vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, protein and bioactive compounds such as caffeine and polyphenols. Just 100 grams of cascara contains the same amount of potassium found in six bananas and the same amount of protein as one egg. Additional it contains Vitamin E, Vitamins B6, Omega 3 and 6, iron, calcium, and magnesium. Caffeine levels tend to fall between 20% and 60% of the levels of cascara's roasted coffee counterpart.
One of the most important compounds that research is just recently uncovering the benefits is the polyphenol content of cascara. Polyphenols are naturally occurring secondary metabolites that protect the plant from insects and disease. One example is the red pigments of the coffee fruit that are derived from polyphenols called anthocyanidins. However, there are more present, and it is the combination of these polyphenols that have food, health, and nutritional scientists taking a closer look.
The polyphenols found in cascara are shown in research to have anti-carcinogenic, anti-diabetic (blood sugar reducing), anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-thrombotic, and neuroprotective properties. To learn more about the polyphenols in cascara, visit a more detailed article here.
So, not only does cascara taste great, but it is quite nutritious also. Follow our blogs to learn more about the nutritional and health benefits fof cascara.