Dr. Oz’s “Miracle” Weight Loss Product Claims Get Him in Hot Water

by DietPill.us Editor on July 22, 2014

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The host of “The Dr. Oz Show”, Dr. Mehmet Oz, has had to face a strict grilling on Capitol Hill, by senators who are questioning the way in which he has been promoting weight loss product claims on his television show.

The Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance, Senator Claire McCaskill (Missouri-D), led a panel in June 2014 that took a much closer look on the way that weight loss product claims were being promoted on his show. The members of that subcommittee took specific issue with the ways in which Dr. Oz has been claiming that products are highly effective when they have little to no scientific evidence to support these types of claims. One of the examples that was brought up was green coffee beans.

According to McCaskill, “The scientific community is almost monolithic against you in terms of the efficacy of the three products you called ‘miracles.’” She also expressed her discouragement regarding the level of “false hope” that his viewers receive when he makes these types of claims. She looked more closely into the role that he was playing, “intentional or not, in perpetuating these scams.”

The questions were heated and intense, asking Dr. Oz why he would make the statements that he does when he knows that they were not true. He was accused of cheapening his own show.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued Green Coffee Beans sellers in May, for having sold their products with deceptions that would suggest that the substance provided health benefits that it did not, even going to the extent of publishing articles on fake news sites. According to the commission, it was only a few weeks after that event that “The Dr. Oz Show” was promoting Pure Green Coffee’s benefits. A number of the companies that sold and marketed the product used the snippit from that show to help to give weight to their claims and to boost their sales.

The body of evidence available to actually support any claims that green coffee bean extract is an effective weight loss ingredient is flimsy and preliminary, at best. Even the reputable studies that have shown that there could potentially be something valuable in the ingredient for dieters conclude that more research is required before it can be deemed useful as a part of a weight loss product.

Dr. Oz expressed that he does utilize “flowery language” when discussing various weight loss product claims on his television show. However, he also added that his faith in them is strong enough that he has given them to family members.

Dr. Oz has promoted a range of ingredients, not just green coffee beans. Among the others are raspberry ketone, garcinia cambogia, and an estimated couple of dozen others.

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