Losing Weight with Coffee?

A study conducted in India is making claims that unroasted coffee-bean extract in the form of a pill can significantly aid weight loss. It should be noted that the study was paid for by Applied Food Sciences; the same company that manufactures two green-coffee-extract products in America.

However, the results cannot be dismissed. The study included 16 overweight participants between the ages of 22 and 26 who were broken into three groups – the first received a 700 mg green-coffee-extract capsule daily, the second received a 1,050 mg green-coffee-extract capsule daily and the final group was given a placebo daily. The participants changed nothing in regard to their eating and exercising habits and after almost six months there was an average of 11 percent weight loss.

Caution is warned by Lona Sandon, who is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She states,

First of all, you need more than 16 people to have any statistical significance attached to these findings. And we really have no idea how this might be working. For example, the patients were allowed to continue with their regular diet. But did this extract in any way influence their hunger and what they wanted to eat, and then what they actually ate? We don’t know. What we have here is basically just a hypothesis that there’s something about this compound that could be helpful. Just because it might cause weight loss doesn’t mean it’s healthy.

In a corresponding study, Joe Vinson, from the University of Scranton said, “While this of course needs to be confirmed with follow-up, I do think the subject is absolutely worthy of further exploration.” A much larger study with 60 participants is now being designed and will hopefully garner the same results.

– The Alternative Daily

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