Green Tea Fights Fat
Need another healthy reason to drink green tea?
Aside from fighting heart disease, cancer, and other diseases, a new study shows that drinking green tea may also fight fat.
The study showed that people who drank a bottle of tea fortified with green tea extract > every day for three months lost more body fat than those who drank a bottle of regular oolong tea.
Researchers say the results indicate that substances found in green tea known as catechins may trigger weight loss by stimulating the body to burn calories and decreasing body fat.
The findings appear in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Green Tea: Fat Fighter?
Black tea, oolong tea, and green tea come from the same Camellia sinensis plant. But unlike the other two varieties, green tea leaves are not fermented before steaming and drying.
Most teas contain large amounts of polyphenols, which are plant-based substances that have been shown to have antioxidant, anticancer, and antiviral properties.
However, green tea is particularly rich in a type of polyphenols called catechins. These substances have also been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties, but recent research in animals show that catechins may also affect body fat accumulation and cholesterol levels.
In this study, researchers looked at the effects of catechins on body fat reduction and weight loss in a group of 35 Japanese men. The men had similar weights based on their BMI (body mass index, an indicator of body fat) and waist sizes.
The men were divided into two groups. For three months, the first group drank a bottle of oolong tea fortified with green tea extract containing 690 milligrams of catechins, and the other group drank a bottle of oolong tea with 22 milligrams of catechins.
During this time, the men ate identical breakfasts and dinners and were instructed to control their calorie and fat intake at all times so that overall total diets were similar.
After three months, the study showed that the men who drank or took the extract lost more weight (5.3 pounds vs. 2.9 pounds) and experienced a significantly greater decrease in BMI, waist size, and total body fat. In addition, LDL "bad" cholesterol went down in the men who drank the liquid green tea extract.
The catechin content varies by amount of green tea used and steeping time. But general recommendations, based on previous studies on the benefits of green tea, are at least 4 cups a day. Researchers say the results indicate that catechins in green tea not only help burn calories and lower LDL cholesterol but may also be able to mildly reduce body fat.
"These results suggest that catechins contribute to the prevention of and improvement in various lifestyle-related diseases, particularly obesity," writes researcher Tomonori Nagao of Health Care Products Research Laboratories in Tokyo, and colleagues.
Resource: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Green Tea Fights Bad Breath
In other recent news, a study gives GREEN TEA another reason why we should love it. Now, a study from Israel's Institute of Technology has found the antioxidants in green tea called polyphenols can destroy the compounds that lead to bad breath and tooth decay.
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Banana Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream
Banana matcha green tea ice cream requires just four ingredients and zero special equipment.
Prep time: 10 minutes
3 large ripe bananas
2 tablespoons coconut milk
2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Peel, slice and freeze the bananas in an airtight container or bag for at least 4 hours or overnight. Once the bananas are frozen, place them in a food processor. Process until the bananas have the texture of lumpy oatmeal (about 1 minute). Add the coconut milk, green tea powder and vanilla. Process until very smooth and creamy. About another 2 minutes or so. Scrape down the sides of the processor as needed.
Once the ice cream is completely smooth, scrape into an airtight container, cover and freeze for 1 t o2 hours for a soft-serve consistency. For a firmer, more scoop friendly ice cream, freeze for over 4 hours and allow to temper at room temperature for 10 minutes before scooping.
Nutrition information per serving: 100 calories, 15 calories from fat, 2g fat (1.5g saturated), 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 11g sugar, 1g protein.
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