not easy being green ó green coffee bean extract, that is.
debating that an antioxidant called chlorogenic acid can be extracted
from unroasted ("green") coffee beans. But is it the
quick-fix weight loss solution that TVís Dr. Oz and the supplement
industry claim it is?
human nature to look for an easy answer," says Megan Baumler,
director of the graduate dietetics program at Mount Mary University.
is easy, but itís hard to achieve ó that is, to not eat more
calories than we need. The obesity problem in this country is not
going to be solved by using green coffee extract."
A 2012 study
often cited by proponents recorded improvements in the weight,
body-mass index, body fat and heart rate of subjects who took daily,
350mg doses of a GCBE supplement. But that study featured too small a
sample (16 patients) and too short a timeline (22 weeks) to draw
sweeping conclusions, says Baumler.
researchers have looked at a variety of ways green coffee bean extract
affects the body. One study indicated that the extract could be
beneficial to the blood vessels and reduce blood pressure. Others
focused on the extractís impact on insulin resistance, but
conflicting results turned up.
Caffeine in the
extract is "a concern" according to Baumler. And then thereís
the price tag ó one GCBE supplement advertised on the Internet
retails for $39.99 for a 40-day supply.
line is there is limited research, period, in either direction,"
says Baumler, "so weíre not going to make widespread