Is Latin American green coffee bean extract the key to weight loss?

We Latinos drink a lot of coffee, so it should be pretty pleasant news to learn that the key to weight loss may actually be hidden in the extract of the not-yet-roasted green coffee beans that are typically produced in Brazil and Colombia.

Well, at least that's according to Dr. Mehmet Oz in yesterday's season premiere of The Doctor Oz Show, where he spoke about how green coffee bean extract can help women lose weight. So does that mean we can start drinking a LOT more coffee?

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Not exactly.

According to International Business Times, "Coffee is typically made from roasted coffee beans because it tastes better, but the process also eliminates chlorogenic acid, which speeds weight loss." It seems that actually having the unroasted green coffee beans is what's helping with shedding the weight. Dr. Oz's take on the whole thing, according to his website:

Unfortunately, traditional brewed coffee doesn't serve as a good source of chlorogenic acid. While roasting green coffee beans removes its naturally bitter taste, it also removes a significant portion of chlorogenic acid. Hence, green coffee beans remain one of the best natural sources for chlorogenic acid.

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Dr. Oz's study found that people who were already dieting lost twice the amount of weight while taking the green coffee bean extract than those who were only dedicated to healthier eating. His recommendation? Look for the little green pills with 45 percent chlorogenic acid, with a dosage of 400 mg and take the tablet 30 minutes before each meal.

My only concern with his plan is that taking a magic pill might help you lose weight faster, but you can't keep it up for life. In the end, I'm a devotee of healthier eating for life since that's what is going to help you stay at your target weight. However, if something can help you get there (for me, it was a gastric bypass), then maybe that's not such a bad idea either.

Will you try the green coffee bean extract for weight loss? Share with us in the comments below!

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Topics: weight loss  womens health  coffee