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White Bean Extract Might Aid in Weight Loss

Losing weight and keeping the weight off can be very difficult. According to a recent study, white bean extract might help enhance the weight loss benefits of a restricted calorie diet.

Participants in the study included 123 people who followed a slightly low-calorie diet for 12 weeks. During that time, half of the group took 3 grams of a bean extract while the other half took a placebo. At the end of that time period, the white bean extract group had lost an average of 6.3 lbs., while the placebo group lost only 2 lbs.

49 of the participants continued taking either the placebo or the white bean extract for 12 more weeks following the initial study. They were told to eat whatever they wanted. During that time period, 73.5% maintained their weight loss.

Participants completed the Control of Eating Questionnaire at the end of the study. Researchers found that the extract group had a statistically significant decrease in desire, frequency, and strength of cravings for chocolates and other sweet foods. The placebo group, on the other hand, had increased difficulty resisting those foods.

The researchers noted that these findings suggest that white bean extract could be used in real life settings to aid with weight loss.

Researchers from InQpharm Europe Ltd. conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on September 5, 2013.

Previous studies have found an association between white bean extract and regulating blood sugar, lowering insulin resistance, heart disease, increased energy, and helping relieve symptoms of arthritis.

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