Recent studies have shown just drinking a few cups of green tea may help control weight.
Thursday October 6,2011
By Daily Express Reporter
DRINKING a regular cup of green tea could be the secret to battling the bulge.
The health-giving brew can slow down weight gain and could be used to help curb Britain’s obesity epidemic.
Scientists who fed obese mice EGCG, a compound found in green tea, with a high-fat diet saw that they gained weight far more slowly than mice that did not receive the supplement.
Researcher Joshua Lambert, of Penn State University in Pennsylvania, said: “First, EGCG reduces the ability to absorb fat and, second, it enhances the ability to use fat.”
He said a person would need to drink 10 cups of green tea each day to match the amount of EGCG used in the study.
But recent studies have shown just drinking a few cups of green tea may help control weight.
“Human data – and there’s not a lot at this point – shows that tea drinkers who only consume one or more cups a day will see effects on body weight compared to non-consumers,” he said. The findings are published on the website of the journal Obesity.