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CL Reports Problems with Green Coffee Bean Supplements

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.—Green coffee bean extract may be among the hot new weight loss ingredients; however, a new report from found four out of eight supplements selected for testing did not contain expected amounts of key chlorogenic acids, the compounds associated with its weight loss effects. One product contained no chlorogenic acids, while three others contained only 6 percent, 29 percent and 82 percent of expected amounts.

ConsumerLab includes the names of companies involved in the reviews in its general news releases, but doesn’t indicate which ones passed or failed testing, nor the levels of active ingredients in the products. However, the reports with complete findings are available for purchase from ConsumerLab.

The report on green coffee bean supplements, provides findings for the eight supplements randomly selected for testing and three additional products that passed the same testing under’s Voluntary Certification Program, whereby companies can pay to have their products tested by ConsumerLab. The company also tested a "green coffee extract" drink mix from Starbucks and found a "considerable" amount of chlorogenic acids. The report also includes cost comparisons among products, recommended dosages and suggestions for use, and potential side effects and cautions for green coffee bean extract products.

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