A new study presented at the American Chemical Society’s spring national meeting in San Diego this week reveals a significant link between ground green coffee beans and weight loss.
The study required 16 overweight individuals (men and women) to take the unroasted beans twice a day in supplement form (and in placebo form during a different part of the study). The results showed an incredible 17 pound weight loss average among the individuals over a 22-week period. During the period of the study, the individuals did not change their eating or exercise habits and continued to consumed an average of 2,400 calories a day.
According to the findings, the results were positive all around but were better when the coffee beans were taken in supplement form compared to placebo form.
In addition to the 17 pound weight loss average, overall body weight declined by an average of 10.5% and body fat declined by 16%.
While the benefits of green coffee beans seem promising, health experts say it’s too early to say for sure that green coffee is the next big weight loss supplement. While the participants did see positive results with no side effects, experts want consumers to remember that this is a preliminary study and more information will need to be presented before anything is confirmed.
University of Scranton chemist who conducted the pilot study, Joe Vinson, said the findings “should pave the way for more rigorous research on coffee bean extract’s effects.” A larger trial, more in-depth study involving 60 people is being planned.