Coffee constituents with antiadipogenic and antidiabetic potentials: A narrative review

Jennifer Kusumah, Elvira Gonzalez de Mejia

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Coffee consumption has been associated with the reduction of several chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and obesity. The aim of this review was to summarize the research conducted in the last five years (or older, when appropriate) on the relationship between the consumption of coffee bioactive compounds, obesity, and T2DM. A bibliographic search was performed using the Web of Sciences, Scopus, and Google Scholar. Keywords used were “caffeine,” “coffee,” “coffee consumption,” “coffee extraction,” “coffee bioactive components,” “chlorogenic acid,” “obesity,” “antidiabetic,” and “antiadipogenic.” Epidemiological, clinical, animal, and cell culture studies were reviewed. Caffeine, chlorogenic acid, and diterpenes have been identified as potential bioactive compounds in coffee that exhibit antiadipogenic and antidiabetic effects. The concentration of these compounds in coffee depends on the coffee preparation method. The relationship between coffee consumption and obesity risk is inconsistent, as not all results report a positive association. The addition of sugar and cream may be responsible for these mixed results. The consumption of coffee and its constituents is consistently associated with a lower T2DM risk. Caffeine, chlorogenic acids, and diterpenes have antidiabetic properties and are associated with these effects. The available data do not allow us to draw a conclusion on the effect of coffee or its constituents on adipogenesis. Therefore, more tightly controlled human intervention studies are required for a deeper understanding about this relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number112821
JournalFood and Chemical Toxicology
StatePublished - Mar 2022


  • Adipogenesis
  • Coffee
  • Diabetes
  • Insulin resistance
  • Phenolic compounds
  • T2DM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Toxicology


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