When Dr. Oz or Starbuck’s starts talking about the benefits of green coffee, that’s it—it goes viral for weight loss.
Regular coffee does have mild and temporary appetite suppressant qualities, but what’s different about this green coffee?
Is all the green coffee hype worth spending your hard earned money on green coffee supplements?
What’s a Green Coffee Bean?
The extract of the green coffee bean is simply taken from a typical coffee bean, but in the raw green form before it is roasted.
The raw coffee bean extract is said to have active chlorogenic acid that….
- May help to decrease glucose absorption in the body.
- Could help increase the metabolism.
- Others claim that it will help burn fat in the liver as well.
However, none of these claims can be proven since there hasn’t been enough research yet.
What Dr. Oz Has to Say
Problems with Research
While the research cited on the show may sound amazing, there are a few problems I have with the study.
- The main study that was done was funded by Applied Food Sciences Inc. which is a company that makes green coffee extract.
- The study was very small—16 participants.
- Participants were on a 2400 calorie diet and burned 400 calories during activity. 2000 calories per day would put some participants, especially men, at a calorie deficit each day.
- Dr. Oz did his own simple study and said his participants lost a whopping 2 pounds.
Overall, the research is weak. The results are positive, but I can’t promise any amazing results to expect if you were to try the supplement.
What about Regular Brewed Coffee?
There may not be much research on green coffee beans, but there is plenty of positive research on brewed coffee.
2-4 cups of black coffee per day may reduce depression, reduce Alzheimer’s risk, lower prostate and skin cancer risk, prevent diabetes, and decrease Parkinson’s risk.
Just make sure your making low calorie coffee choices when including it in your diet.
Overpower the Pill
So far there seems to be low risk in taking a green coffee supplement. However, if you have any blood sugar control imbalances, heart disease, or are pregnant or nursing, green coffee extract should be avoided. And of course, check with your doctor first.
Diet and exercise are always the best tried and true method for efficient weight loss. Always remember that one hard workout or one day of clean eating can overpower any effect seen with a diet supplement.
Have you heard of or tried green coffee extract or?