Green coffee beans may aid dramatically in weight loss, according to new research recently presented at the American Chemical Society meeting in San Diego.
In a 22-week study, researchers discovered that 16 men and women lost an average of 17 pounds while not making changes to diet or lifestyle. Participants were also given placebo during a portion of the study, which was funded by Applied Food Sciences, which manufactures a green coffee antioxidant supplement.
“We don’t think it’s the caffeine in it,” says Joe Vinson, a professor of chemistry at the University of Scranton who presented the findings.
According to numerous reports, participants lost slightly more weight with the higher dose compared to the lower dose of green coffee, but not a significant amount with the placebo. Vinson told WebMD he suspects one explanation for the weight loss is the unroasted beans’ chlorogenic acid, a plant compound that may help decrease glucose absorption.