[U]nroasted coffee beans — green as the day they were picked — may hold the key to cheap and effective weight loss, new research suggests.
In a study presented Tuesday at the American Chemical Society’s spring national meeting in San Diego, 16 overweight young adults took, by turns, a low dose of green coffee bean extract, a high dose of the supplement, and a placebo. Though the study was small, the results were striking: Subjects lost an average of 17.5 pounds in 22 weeks and reduced their overall body weight by 10.5%.
Tip: Jeff Wagg
Oh, the problems here…
First, the study design:
The study used a “cross-over” design, which allowed each subject to serve as his or her own comparison group. For six weeks, volunteers swallowed capsules three times a day, ingesting either 700 or 1,050 milligrams of green coffee extract a day or taking a placebo. After a two-week break, they moved, round-robin style, to another arm of the trial.
WHAT? How is this giving us a meaningful result? I am confused. I’d be annoyed with the Univ. of Scranton Research Review Board for this one.
Then, the funding source:
The trial was conducted in India and paid for by Applied Food Sciences Inc. of Austin, Tex., a manufacturer of green coffee bean extract.
Not to mention, the size: only 16 people. Negligible.
Why was this even publicized? It’s a HORRIBLE study, but it IS good PR for the dietary supplement that already is for sale on health store shelves which does not even need evidence that it is at all effective because it is regulated as a dietary supplement, not a drug. Watch for the results to be used to bolster sales.
Finally, some scientists are wary because this product may actually be dangerous. Don’t fall for news of a scientific breakthrough that is really just a marketing ploy. Look carefully.