Coffee Beans Help Shed Pounds: Scientists

The green beans could quickly help people lose more weight

By Sarah Grieco
|  Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012  |  Updated 4:33 PM PDT
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People looking to slim down might find solace in a natural product: Green, unroasted coffee beans.

Scientists announced on Tuesday in San Diego that they have found evidence unroasted coffee beans can produce a substantial decrease in body weight in a relatively short period of time.

Meaning: The green beans could quickly help people lose more weight.

The American Chemical Society performed a study involving 16 overweight or obese people between 22 and 26 years old in a little less than six months. It was a study in which people cycled through the two doses and the placebo, each for six weeks. There was a low-extract bean dose of 700mg and a higher dose of 1,050mg.

Participants were monitored for their overall diet and exercise during the study. Ultimately, they averaged a loss of 17 pounds, including an average of a 16 percent decrease in body fat and 10 percent of their overall body weight.

“Based on our results, taking multiple capsules of green coffee extract a day — while eating a low-fat, healthful diet and exercising regularly — appears to be a safe, effective, inexpensive way to lose weight,” Dr. Joe Vinson of ACS said.

He noted that weight loss might have been significantly faster, except that participants received the placebo and the lower dose of green coffee extract for part of the study period.

Vinson believes the chlorogenic acids in the bean are responsible for the weight loss. Its properties exist in the unroasted coffee beans.

But the FDA hasn’t approved unroasted coffee beans for weight loss, so don’t go on the hunt for green coffee beans just yet.
 

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