Green coffee bean and weight loss

Posted 20 November 2015

We have previously pointed out that the USA Federal Trade Commission has acted against sellers of products claiming that green coffee bean can result in weight loss. This interesting video has amazingly, adapted to point out that the study that their claims were based on, were false: “Please Ignore This Study: We discovered the Methodology was corrupted post peer release.”


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Lessons from the dubious rise and inevitable fall of green coffee beans

Posted 21 September 2015

This article, by , was posted to Science-Based Medicine on October 23, 2014.

News this week that a randomized controlled trial of green coffee bean (GCB) has been officially retracted from the medical literature signals what is hopefully the end to one of the most questionable diet products to appear on the market in years. Plucked from obscurity and then subjected to bogus research, it’s now clear that the only people that actually benefited from GCB were those that profited from its sale. GCB had some powerful boosters, too. Once it became one of Dr. Oz’s “miracle” weight loss cures, sales exploded following two hype-filled episodes. Oz even did a made-for TV clinical trial with GCB, ignoring the requirements for researchers to obtain ethical approvals before conducting human subject research. Oz’s promotion of GCB was so breathless and detached from the actual evidence Read the rest

Despite a landmark retraction, the Dr. Oz-promoted Green coffee bean extract still on Canadian shelves

Posted 17 April 2015

This article not only points out that the claims for, and the scam product Green coffee bean extract is still available in Canada, in spite of a landmark retraction, but how deficient the Canadian regulatory authority in controlling these products are. Health Canada’s regulation of CAMS is often given as an example of how well CAMS can be regulated when in fact their approach is shown to have little protection for consumers.

“At issue is a tiered approval process that Health Canada calls a “risk-based approach to safety and efficacy.” Under this system, the level of evidence required to approve a product can vary depending on the specific health claims and the perceived level of risk. So low-risk products require little hard evidence to be approved.”

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Green Coffee weight loss scam

Posted 02 January 2015

GreenCoffee800Another big weight-loss scam to hit South Africa is Green Coffee, sold under a range of guises. One heavily promoted at a Cape Town Waterfront Pharmacy is Green Coffee 800

We have previously highlighted this scam in May 2014 and January 2014.

Firstly, there is zip, zero evidence that green coffee can result in weight loss-loss.

Secondly, although there are various versions of this ingredient, Green Coffee 800 may contain the substance called sibutramine, not only banned but very risky to your health. In 2012 the Danish Health and Medicines Authority warned consumers of the presence of this ingredient in Green Coffee 800.

Now the USA Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has stepped in: “Lindsey Duncan and the companies he controlled have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceptively touted the supposed weight-loss benefits of green coffee bean extract through a … Read the rest

Green coffee bean weight-loss scam

Posted 26 May 2014

A number of companies in South Africa are marketing Green Coffee Beans as a great product for weight-loss. Well, there is no evidence that this is true. Big scam. Now the USA Federal Trade Commission has acted against companies in the USA making weight-loss claims for green coffee beans. If only the same would happen here!

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