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Is Green Coffee the key to weight loss?

A study in India found that people taking pills with green coffee bean extract lost an average of 18 pounds—10 percent of their body weight—over 22 weeks.

  • What is Green Coffee?

Coffee beans are actually green seeds inside a bright red berry. Roasting them turns the seeds brown and creates the characteristic aroma and flavor coffee lovers crave. To create green coffee bean extract, the seeds are left unroasted. Instead they’re soaked and then concentrated to create the extract.

  • Why not just drink coffee?

When coffee seeds or “beans” are roasted, their antioxidant levels increase, but one natural substance called chlorogenic acid decreases. This chemical is thought to block fat accumulation, boost weight loss, curb carb absorption, and help regulate post-meal blood sugar levels. In addition, green coffee extract does not taste or smell like coffee, a supposed benefit for those who don’t enjoy java.

  • Benefits

There have been several short-term studies suggesting that chlorogenic acid slows absorption of fat from food intake and activates metabolism of extra fat. Dr. Oz even conducted his own "study" of 100 women for two weeks, concluding that participants who took 400 milligrams of the extract lost an average of two pounds, while those who took the placebo lost one pound.

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