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Green Coffee Diet Miracle Debunked

Update Date: Sep 09, 2014 10:07 AM EDT

Many different kinds of diet pills have been on the market for years. Even though there might not be any evidence that these products work, people who want to lose a few extra pounds might be very tempted to try them. One of these items, the green coffee extract received a lot of attention for its "supposed" benefits after its weight-loss properties were praised on the Dr. Oz Show. However, despite the endorsement by celebrity TV doctor, Mehmet Oz, the weight-loss "miracle" was recently debunked.

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), any evidence that green coffee extract works is "baseless." The FTC reported that green coffee extract's supposed benefits are flawed. The FTC arrived at this conclusion after examining a 2010 study conducted by Texas-based company, Applied Food Sciences, which is the company that promoted green coffee extract to retailers. The FTC added that research conducted after this 2010 study did not find any evidence supporting the claims.

"Applied Food Sciences knew or should have known that this botched study didn't prove anything," Jessica Rich, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement reported by CBS News. "In publicizing the results, it helped fuel the green coffee phenomenon."

Now, Applied Food Sciences has agreed to pay $3.5 million to the FTC. The company must also provide scientific proof that green coffee extract helps with weight-loss if the company chooses to make any more claims in the feature.

According to the promoters, green coffee extract can help people lose weight permanently regardless of how much food they eat. The claims also stated that everyone will lose weight on the pill, people can lose 30 pounds in 30 days, and all people had to do was take the pill everyday.

The FTC stressed the importance of looking into products. People should not believe every claim they hear. The FTC's press release, "Green Coffee Bean Manufacturer Settles FTC Charges of Pushing its Product Based on Results of 'Seriously Flawed' Weight-Loss Study," can be found here.

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