We’ve spoken about the new diet craze that is green coffee extract before, but now dietitians are questioning its effectiveness.
The extract from the bean contains chlorogenic acid, which is said to prevent the body from turning sugar into fat and help stimulate metabolism. Rudy Nehrling of Good Earth Natural Foods states “We’re a very busy society where we’re always on the go and eating quick, and we also have this thing that we have to live up to where we’re thin, and happy and beautiful. So they can kick you up a notch. They can speed up that metabolism. They can slow the glucose levels. They can slow the fat absorption. They can help a little bit.”
Nehrling continued, stating that after green coffee extract was featured on national talk shows it became one of the company’s highest sellers.
On the other side, however, a dietitian from Indiana University Health, Laura Dean, said she did some research after her clients began asking about using the extract. She states “There just wasn’t enough viable research, enough substantiated studies done, to say, ‘Yes this is something my patients should be using,’ so I told them no,”
One user of the extract, Sally Hallingstad, had somewhat positive results, however “I lost two pounds, which is great. The one thing that this pill said was that you didn’t have to change your diet or exercise habits, that you should be able to take it and still lose weight, which seemed to work, because I did throw a trip to Vegas in there, and who knows how many pounds that added on.”
Dietitians are still unconvinced, however. Even the dietitians promoting the extract to their clients state that the best method is always the tried and true method of burning off more calories than are consumed. Nehrling added “You have to think, there’s always that idea behind it’s not just what you’re taking, it’s also what you’re doing,”
Another down side to the extract is that those sensitive to caffeine should be wary of taking it, and it can cost around $30 a month.