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Green Coffee Beans Linked To Weight Loss

Green Coffee Beans Linked To Weight Loss
3/29/2012 3:25 PM ET

Green, unroasted coffee beans may be a cheap way to lose weight says a new study. In a small, 22-week study, researchers found that 16 overweight men and women lost an average of 17 pounds when they took green (unroasted) coffee beans in supplement form. The subjects also took a placebo at a different point of the study for comparison purposes.

The results were that more than 35% of subjects lost more than 5% of their body weight, and weight loss appeared to be greater while subjects were taking the pills than when they were on the placebo.

"This is certainly a provocative study," said Dr. Gerald Weissmann, a physician and biochemist at New York University. At roughly $20 per month, green coffee extract is much less expensive than any of the weight-loss medications available over the counter or by prescription.

As far as an explanation why the beans lead to weight loss the Joe Vinson, PhD, professor of chemistry at the University of Scranton and the person behind the study says "We don't think it's the caffeine in it."

He presented the findings Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego. The results echo those of earlier studies, but Vinson said the findings should pave the way for more rigorous research on coffee bean extract's effects. A larger trial involving 60 people is being planned.

by RTT Staff Writer

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