Green tea is a healthy drink. It’s been shown to boost brain health, protect against Parkinson’s, increase metabolism, protect the prostate, and reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. But, contrary to claims made in many ads making the rounds these days, it does NOT cause weight loss.
- Researchers from Taiwan randomized 78 overweight women into two groups for a 12-week study. One group took green tea extract (491 mg catechins containing 302 mg of the powerful antioxidant EGCG), and the control group took a placebo.
The average reduction in weight in the green tea group was insignificant – only 0.3 percent (0.15 kg). About the same as it was in the placebo group. However, the green tea extract did improve the subjects’ health by reducing their LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, while increasing HDL (“good cholesterol”). The placebo group saw a reduction only in triglycerides.
So the bottom line is this. Green tea is healthy, but it doesn’t cause fat loss.
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