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Dr. Oz Was Wrong About Green Coffee Bean Pills And Weight Loss

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A bogus study that had been used by a company to tout the weight loss wonders of green coffee bean pills has been retracted by researchers.

The study, which was performed in India but written by researchers from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, claimed that people who used the supplement lost an average of 16 percent body fat (or about 18 pounds) regardless of whether they dieted and exercised.

The paper was taken down from an open access scientific journal site and replaced with the following message: “The sponsors of the study cannot assure the validity of the data so we, Joe Vinson and Bryan Burnham, are retracting the paper.”

The company that marketed the pill, Applied Food Science, recently paid a $3.5 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission after regulators investigated the weight loss claims. The FTC claims that the company used falsified information — including the length of the study and the weight of the participants.

This supplement was among the questionable weight loss products endorsed by daytime television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz. “You may think magic is make believe, but this little bean has scientists saying they found a magic weight loss cure for every body type,” Oz exclaimed in the Green Coffee Extract episode of “The Dr. Oz Show.” “This miracle pill can burn fat fast for anyone who wants to lose weight. This is very exciting and it’s breaking news.”

All traces of that segment have since been removed from YouTube due to a “copyright claim from doctoroz,” according to YouTube. Any mention of the green coffee bean pills have also been removed from “The Dr. Oz Show” website. However, a message regarding the backlash is posted, but only if you search for it:

“In prior seasons, we covered Green Coffee Extract and its potential as a useful tool for weight loss. Recently the authors of the peer reviewed research paper on which our coverage had been partially based formally retracted their study. While this sometimes happens in scientific research, it indicates that further study is needed regarding any potential benefits of Green Coffee Extract.”

Oz has recently had to speak before Congress to defend some of the seemingly outrageous weight loss claims he has made on his show.

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