Some good news in the health department, finally. We’re always being told what not to eat, what not to drink and how much exercise we should be part-taking in. Sometimes, we just want to eat bad things, drink even worse things and sit on the couch. It’s comfortable isn’t it?
Drinking green tea can slow down weight gain – even if you’re already fat too.
The study found that a compound within in the drink - epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) - significantly slows down weight gain associated with a high-fat diet.
The research was conducted using a group of obese mice who were on a fatty diet. One of the control groups were fed the EGCG and they were found to gain weight 45 per cent more slowly than the mice that weren’t.
The mice fed the supplement also appeared to absorb 30 per cent less fat.
‘There seem to be two prongs to this,’ said Dr Joshua Lambert, a food scientist at Penn State University in the U.S.
‘First, EGCG reduces the ability to absorb fat and, second, it enhances the ability to use fat.’
The study found that the green tea was not suppressing the appetite, as both groups of mice were being fed the exact same diet.
However, for people to receive the same amount of EGCG they would have to drink ten cups of green tea a day.
I might give this a try, I think after drinking ten cups of green tea, there would be little time left to eat after spending all day running the loo.