People are talking about ... Dr. Oz, 'green' Coke, butter in coffee

Published on Saturday, 21 June 2014 17:38 - Written by From Staff Reports

Dr. Oz catches heat for promoting bogus weight loss products. Famous television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz was in the hot seat Tuesday during a hearing of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance. Senators asked questions about his touting of products that were boosted with deceptive advertising. Those companies, including Green Coffee Beans, used words expressed by Oz on his talk show to promote sales. The Federal Trade Commission sued Green Coffee Beans earlier this year due to the company advertising its products using false weight loss claims.

A “green” Coke hits the market. In efforts to recoup from a nine-year sales slump, Coca-Cola has introduced Coke Life, made with the sugar alternative, stevia. It has 89 calories, compared to 139 in a can of regular cola. The beverage has been introduced in South America and makes its way to the United Kingdom in the fall. However, there is no date set for a debut in the United States. UK researchers note that while it has fewer calories and sugar than the regular product, Coke Life still contains more than 4 teaspoons of sugar per can, or about a quarter of a child’s recommended daily intake of sugar.

New craze: butter in coffee. The latest diet fad, which calls for mixing 2 tablespoons of unsalted, grass-fed butter, coconut palm oil and a pricey coffee, is supposed to not only give you an energy boost but also help with weight loss.

Bulletproof Coffee creator Dave Asprey claims that the medium chain triglycerides in the oil, quality butter and the low-toxin coffee suppress cravings and “turns off inflammation in the brain.”

It comes at a hefty caloric price, though — up to 500 calories, depending on the type of oil and butter used. The fat content is between 45 and 65 grams. You can’t use just any coffee. Asprey’s Upgraded coffee costs $18.95 per three-fourths of a pound. Of course, dietitians aren’t excited about the new trend, noting that there is no evidence the concoction boosts energy or spurs weight loss. They do point out that if a person is to drink the coffee, it must be consumed as a substitute to a meal rather than with one. Otherwise, individuals could gain up to 30 pounds each year by enjoying a cup per day.