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Still no good evidence: herbs for weight loss

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.

Back in 2012 I reported on an article that was a thorough review of the state of the evidence for herbal weight loss supplements, including ephedra, green tea extract, and chromium picolinate. While the author concluded that further research was warranted on green tea extracts, none of the other herbal supplements she covered appeared to be both effective and safe.

Here we are, almost eight years later, and people are still using herbal supplements to try to lose weight. In a recent article in Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism (2020;1-13), a team at the University of Sydney, Australia published a review and meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials of herbal weight loss supplements. Still no good evidence »

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Featured Recipes

Moroccan Chili with Harissa Yogurt

The recipe calls for Moroccan style spices including the red pepper flakes. You can make this milder by reducing the amount or leaving them out. Likewise, the yogurt sauce can be served either plain or with the harissa for added spiciness. Tailor this to your palate.

Harissa Shrimp with Black Lentils

Lentils' great flavor and texture are somewhat neutral and make a great vehicle or complement to other ingredients, and that is especially true with this Harissa Shrimp. The shrimp part of this recipe is great on its own and can be served over rice or quinoa, for example, but the color and texture of the black lentils makes this a beautiful dish.

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken recipe from Dr. Gourmet

Butter chicken is something of an invention, it appears. The histories trace its roots to the 1950s and the three owners of the Moti Mahal restaurant in Delhi, India. It is now a staple of most curry shops and Indian restaurants in London. It is even more common in the U.S., now even showing up as convenience meals.