Protein and snack bars are extremely popular in the effort to stay healthy in the midst of a hectic, multi-tasking lifestyle. The variations are endless: nuts, fruit, flavors, chocolate, oats, seeds, etc.
Barrett Jacques, currently Director of Business Development at MetaPhy Health in Tennessee, created a snack bar with an additional ingredient—Choleve. According to the MinusCal website, this proprietary ingredient, made from all natural fermented tea extracts, blocks fat absorption and thus can help increase weight loss or help prevent weight gain.
In an article in SUAVV Magazine, Jacques explained that Choleve was initially used to help lower cholesterol, but it also had the beneficial side effect of weight loss. (“MinusCal Bars are Scrumptious and Block the Absorption of Fat!” Rashod Davenport, 4/20/2019)
The MinusCal website reports on two clinical trials that support the use of Choleve as part of a weight management routine. A JAMA paper was published in 2003 on a trial in China involving 240 participants that described green teas as an effective support for a healthy lifestyle. Kansas University then conducted a study comparing Choleve and Orlistat (the leading prescription strength weight loss medication). Orlistat had already been proven to reduce fat absorption by 25%, which was corroborated by this study. By extrapolation, MinusCal states with confidence that Choleve can reduce fat absorption by 12%. In addition, no unpleasant side effects were reported from use of Choleve in either study.
Choleve is digested at the same rate as other foods, and is most effective when taken just before, during, or after a meal. Therefore, MinusCal also makes a dietary supplement in pill form that can be taken up to two times daily.
MinusCal snack bars come in three flavors: Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Apple Cinnamon. Health Journal described the bars as having a “pleasantly moist, brownie-like texture.” (“Battle of the Bars!” 6/27/19). While results from Choleve occur immediately, MinusCal reports that significant results can be expected after eight weeks accompanied by a healthy diet and regular exercise routine.
The snack bars and dietary supplements can be ordered through the MinusCal website or on Amazon. They are backed by a money-back guarantee, with a “no questions asked” exchange or refund policy.