Nondairy creamer, but not milk, delays the appearance of coffee phenolic acid equivalents in human plasma

Mathieu Renouf, Cynthia Marmet, Philippe Guy, Anne Lise Fraering, Karin Longet, Julie Moulin, Marc Enslen, Denis Barron, Christophe Cavin, Fabiola Dionisi, Serge Rezzi, Sunil Kochhar, Heike Steiling, Gary Williamson

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Chlorogenic acids (CGA) are antioxidants found in coffee. They are becoming of interest for their health-promoting effects, but bioavailability in humans is not well understood. We hypothesized that adding whole milk or sugar and nondairy creamer to instant coffee might modulate the bioavailability of coffee phenolics. Nine healthy participants were asked to randomly drink, in a crossover design, instant coffee (Coffee); instant coffee and 10% whole milk (Milk); or instant coffee, sugar, and nondairy creamer already premixed (Sugar/NDC). All 3 treatments provided the same amount of total CGA (332 mg). Blood was collected for 12 h after ingestion and plasma samples treated using a liquid-liquid extraction method that included a full enzymatic cleavage to hydrolyze all CGA and conjugates into phenolic acid equivalents. Hence, we focused our liquid chromatography-Electrospray ionization-tandem MS detection and quantification on caffeic acid (CA), ferulic acid (FA), and isoferulic acid (iFA) equivalents. Compared with a regular black instant coffee, the addition of milk did not significantly alter the area under the curve (AUC), maximum plasma concentration (Cmax), or the time needed to reach Cmax (Tmax). The Cmax of CA and iFA were significantly lower and the Tmax of FA and iFA significantly longer for the Sugar/NDC group than for the Coffee group. However, the AUC did not significantly differ. As a conclusion, adding whole milk did not alter the overall bioavailability of coffee phenolic acids, whereas sugar and nondairy creamer affected the T max and Cmax but not the appearance of coffee phenolics in plasma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-263
Number of pages5
JournalThe Journal of Nutrition
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes

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