Green Coffee Bean Extract: Weight Loss Fad Won’t Die

Green coffee bean extract is the weight loss fad that just won’t quit. The Inquisitr first reported on the popular supplement a year ago, when Kim LaCapria took a look at the very small University of Scranton study which said that people who took the supplement lost weight even if they didn’t change their diet.

A year later, and the craze is still going strong. As I write, a You Tube video posted by Lisa73Marie is the sixth most popular video in the “all ages” cateogry, with almost 150,000 views and rising after its upload two days ago. In it, the distinctly skinny model in a bikini, who says she’s a mother, kickboxes some random dude while directing us to a site where we can buy the brand of green coffee bean extract that she recommends.

Now, I’m willing to concede that many of this lady’s fans are just viewing the video to watch her bounce, with no intention of buying green coffee bean extract or anything else. However, according to Web MD, the market for coffee bean extract has exploded since a 2012 Dr. Oz episode where the popular TV medical expert recommended the product to dieters. “Green” coffee beans are simply beans that haven’t yet been roasted, so that they’re high in a natural chemical called chlorogenic acid that allegedly does everything from reducing one’s blood pressure to helping people lose weight.

Carly Weeks of Canada’s Globe and Mail smelled a rat, writing that “it clearly sounds too good to be true.” The experts she spoke to scoffed. For instance, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, medical director of Ottawa’s Bariatric Medical Institute, said, “When studies break the physical laws of the universe, there’s usually something wrong with the study itself.”

Freedhoff told Weeks that the lead author Joe A. Vinson didn’t really perform the study on green coffee bean extract, which was done not in Scranton but in India. Texas company Applied Food Sciences Inc. paid Vinson to write the paper, according to Freedhoff’s allegations.

While Dr. Oz stands by his recommendation for the extract, he’s well aware that some sellers are using his name to get people to buy. “I am not and have never been a paid spokesperson for any particular brand, supplement or product,” he posted in his blog.

Nonetheless, people are still using his name to sell green coffee bean extracts. That video I mentioned? She starts out by saying that she was inspired by Dr. Oz.