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Garcinia cambogia is a tropical fruit usually grown in Indonesia, primarily in in Southeast Asia and India, that is also known as brindleberry or Malabar tamarind. It resembles a small green or yellow pumpkin. The fruit is often used in curry recipes, especially in countries like India, Malaysia, and Thailand. It’s one of the ingredients for certain spices that give dishes a tangy taste. Try this sour fish curry recipe that incorporates the fruit.
Some claim garcinia cambogia is an effective weight-loss aid due to hindering the body’s fat production and curbing appetite due to the hydroxycitric acid, or HCA, contained in the fruit’s rind. Javita beverage company even released a weight loss coffee made with garcinia cambogia and yerba maté, an infusion of leaves from a South American plant. But according to WebMD, study results don’t show sufficient evidence that garcinia cambogia is a truly effective tool for weight-loss. Some research also found that the fruit may help with insulin and cholesterol levels. There are studies supporting the effectiveness of garcinia cambogia, but there are also studies warning against its use. Be sure to consult a doctor and do your own research before taking it.