White kidney bean extract for weight loss?

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Posted 29 January 2015

White kidney bean extract (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) often pops up with claims of being effective for weight-loss. Even USN has used this ingredient in a product, USN “Carb Binder”, punted as a “STARCH INTAKE INHIBITOR”, and appears under the banner of “RAPID WEIGHT CONTROL” products. The ASA ruled on this product in July 2014

USN’s product contains StarchLite, a brand of white kidney bean extract. The company producing this ingredient is InQpharm. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which gives considers and approves claims for ingredients was asked by InQpharm to accept the claim that this ingredient is effective for weight loss.

EFSA evaluated the evidence and in a decision released on 26 January 2015, concluded “that the evidence provided is insufficient to establish a cause and effect relationship between the consumption of the standardised aqueous extract from white kidney bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) and a reduction of body weight“.

This is another one of the products by USN where they simply changed the name of the product after an ASA ruling (USN Carb Blocker –  USN Carb Binder). And although USN does not appear to have this product listed on their website following the ruling, they are still supplying Kalahari.net and M-Chem Pharmacy with this product. Even Dis-Chem, “pharmacists who care”, will sell you this scam. No wonder we call Albe Geldenhuys, CEO of USN, a master scam artist.

The ingredient is also included in other suspect products such as Dis-Chem’s Biogen Phenadrine Lipo Cut Zero

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