Eating Used Coffee Grounds May Help Cut Waistlines, Researchers Say


Queensland biomedical scientists have published world-first findings that show used coffee grounds could be a fat-fighting food, but dietitians have urged caution on the research as human trials are yet to be held.

Researchers at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) have been investigating the properties of leftover coffee grounds for almost seven years to uncover their potential as a functional food, or a food that can prevent or reverse disease.

Led by USQ biomedical scientist Professor Lindsay Brown, the team has found eating coffee grounds may help manage obesity.

Professor Brown said the research focused on male rats fed a high-carb, high-fat diet over four months, supplemented with 5 per cent of spent coffee grounds during the last eight weeks of the study.

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