I can’t keep up with Dr. Oz. Just when I thought the latest weight loss miracle was raspberry ketone, along comes another weight loss panacea. This time, it’s green coffee beans.
Consumers who bought phony green coffee weight-loss pills have another chance at a refund.
The Federal Trade Commission is sending out checks to 38,000 people who bought green coffee extract in retail stores, a couple of years after it settled a case against two companies that aggressively marketed the product as a weight-loss supplement.
Does green coffee extract actually promote weight loss? There haven’t been a lot of studies on chlorogenic acids and their effectiveness as weight loss supplements. A review of human studies did show that green coffee extract may have the potential to help with weight loss. But the documented effects on weight loss were small, and the studies weren’t long term. The studies were also poorly designed. So, there isn’t enough evidence to say that the supplements are effective or safe. More research is needed.
Maybe Dr. Oz's science experiment was better than the Vinson study. But that doesn't mean it was any good. First off, Oz seems to have ignored some critical rules on how to run a experiment involving humans. As Scott Gavura pointed out at the Science-Based Medicine blog, Oz's study "makes a mockery of good research methodology."
As you well know, at ACSH, our job is to talk about and reveal junk science. This is usually not especially difficult, since the same set of errors that make junk science junk appear over and over.
The "scientific" paper that helped ignite the green coffee bean diet craze has been retracted. The details of the retraction and the full background of the story were fully reported by Ivan Oransky on Retraction Watch.
A Senate subcommittee told Dr. Mehmet Oz to quit making unfounded claims about "miracle" dietary supplements—because he is feeding a sordid, under-regulated industry and a misguided culture of shortcuts.
It is concluded that the results from these trials are promising, but the studies are all of poor methodological quality. More rigorous trials are needed to assess the usefulness of GCE as a weight loss tool.
After reviewing the research as well as the risks, it seems like the cons outweigh the pros here, at least for now. And at about $20 per 30-day supply, you could invest in other weight-loss strategies that get my thumbs up, such as taking a fun fitness class or buying more fresh fruits and veggies!
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