Coffee beans have been all over the news recently, but Starbucks and Dunkin’ don’t have anything to do with it. These coffee beans, however, aren’t your average cup of Joe – they’re green coffee beans (also known as unroasted beans), and they’re being studied for their effects on weight loss.
According to Science Daily’s website, a recent study followed a group of overweight participants who consumed a fraction of an ounce of ground green coffee beans in capsule form for 22 weeks. At the end of the study, the 16 people involved in the study lost about 10 percent of their body weight, which equaled out to an average of 17 pounds per person. The creator of this study, Dr. Joe Vinson of the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania went on to say, “Based on our results, taking multiple capsules of green coffee extract a day – while eating a low-fat, healthful diet and exercising regularly – appears to be a safe, effective, inexpensive way to lose weight.”
But don’t make a beeline to the nearest coffee shop; the coffee beans lost their weight-loss power when roasted. The substance that aids in weight loss, Chlorogenic acid, breaks down at roasting temperatures. And if you’re thinking that green coffee beans will taste similar to roasted coffee beans, think again. Roasting coffee beans gives them their distinct “coffee” flavor, while unroasted coffee beans have a bitter taste and very little aroma.
As convenient as this weight loss technique sounds, I wouldn’t go out to find green coffee bean grounds in capsule form just yet. A focus group only consisting of 16 people doesn’t necessarily scream, “this is a legitimate study!” With such a small cross section of people, the results of this study should really be fleshed out more with a larger group of people, to really nail down the findings. But should this small study turn into something more, I’ll be the first in line to supplement my daily fitness and nutritional routine with some green coffee beans.