The health benefits of green tea need little introduction. It’s loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, it improves brain function and reduces the risk of cancer. However, new research is now showing that green tea also minimises weight gain.
Green tea helps combat obesity, inflammation | IOL
The findings, published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, showed that mice fed a high-fat diet supplemented with green tea gained about 20 per cent less weight and had lower insulin resistance than mice fed an otherwise identical diet without tea.
For eight weeks, the team fed half of the male mice a high-fat diet that causes obesity and half were fed a regular diet. In each of those groups, half ate green tea extract mixed with their food.
Green tea also protected against the movement of endotoxin — the toxic bacterial component — out of their guts and into the bloodstream.
Drinking green tea has also been linked to a lower risk of cancer, heart and liver disease.