A press release from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported that “A Texas-based company, Applied Food Sciences, Inc. (AFS), has settled Federal Trade Commission charges that it used the results of a flawed study to make baseless weight-loss claims about its green coffee extract to retailers, who repeated those claims in marketing finished products to consumers.”
The FTC’s settlement requires the company to pay $3.5 million, and to have scientific substantiation for any future weight-loss claims it makes, including at least two adequate and well-controlled human clinical tests.
“According to the FTC’s complaint, issued in in 2010, Austin, Texas-based AFS paid researchers in India to conduct a clinical trial on overweight adults to test whether the Green Coffee Antioxidant, Chlorogenic acid (GCA), a dietary supplement containing green coffee extract, reduced body weight and body fat.”
Additional charges included:
- ” that the study’s lead investigator repeatedly altered the weights and other key measurements of the subjects
- “changed the length of the trial, and misstated which subjects were taking the placebo or Chlorogenic acid, during the trial”
- “when the lead investigator was unable to get the study published, AFS hired researchers Joe Vinson and Bryan Burnham at the University of Scranton to rewrite it”
- “despite receiving conflicting data, Vinson, Burnham, and AFS never verified the authenticity of the information used in the study, according to the complaint”
- “AFS falsely claimed that Chlorogenic acid, caused consumers to lose 17.7 pounds, 10.5 percent of body weight, and 16 percent of body fat with or without diet and exercise, in 22 weeks, the complaint alleges.”
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Today’s Dietitian Magazine published an article in January 2014 titled “Spilling the Beans — Can Green Coffee Extract Lead to Weight Loss?” raised concerns about the research on Green Coffee Extract and Chlorogenic acid.
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Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorogenic_acid, http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/010614p58.shtml, http://www.officialgreencoffee.com/, http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2014/09/green-coffee-bean-manufacturer-settles-ftc-charges-pushing-its, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorogenic_acid