Cascara, superfood or just super good?
Cascara, the dried husk of the coffee cherry, in addition to having a unique fruit tea like vs. coffee flavor, has long been rumored to be a superfood. Now that more research is available, ironically, the healthiest part of the coffee discarded for hundreds of years 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. Additionally, it contains Vitamin E, Vitamins B6, Omega 3 and 6, iron, calcium, magnesium, and natural sugars.
Cascara contains less caffeine than roasted coffee, but levels vary between varieties. When steeped like a tea or cold-brewed, depending on the concentration of cascara used and the steeping or brewing time, a cascara beverage can provide a mild pick me to quite a kick. But cascara drinks won't give you the coffee jitters nor the artificial ingredients of the leading energy drinks.
Research is just recently uncovering the benefits of the various plant polyphenols found in cascara. Polyphenols are naturally occurring compounds in plants that protect the plants from insects and disease. Polyphenols may reduce the risk of cancer, lower blood sugar, reduce inflammation, reduce the risk of heart disease, and have brain cell-protective properties. It is just not one compound, but the combination of polyphenols that have food, health, and nutritional scientists taking a closer look.
So, not only does cascara taste great, but it is quite functional and nutritious also. More than a coffee or a tea, without the jitters of coffee, the bitterness of yerba mate, and none of the artificial or overly processed ingredients of the leading energy drinks, Caskai upcycles this once wasted byproduct of the coffee drying process into functional beverages that taste great. Follow our blogs to learn more about our cascara story.