Green Tea Can Help Prevent Weight Gain

We all know that green tea is super good for us. Heck three cups a day has even been shown to help women with cancer to reduce their risk of cancer recurrence by more than 30 percent. And many weight-loss drugs promote that properties in green help to burn fat. While there has been some research on green tea and fat burning, a new study makes a pretty compelling case to add a few cups of green tea to your day. 

Published in the journal Obesity, researchers found that when obese mice were fed a compound found in green tea along with a high-fat diet, they gained weight significantly more slowly (45 percent!) than mice who weren't fed green tea. The special green-tea compound epigallocatechin-3-gallate — known more commonly as EGCG — is an antioxidant found in most green teas. Additionally, mice that were fed with EGCG showed a nearly 30 percent increase in fecal lipids, suggesting that EGCG limits fat absorption, too, according to an article in ScienceDaily.

While the green tea research did not find that EGCG reduced appetite, researchers believe that green tea may slow down weight gain in humans and serve as another tool in the fight against obesity. Although a person would need to drink ten cups of green tea each day to match the amount of EGCG used in the mice study, researchers say that just a few cups a day of green tea could help control weight. 

We'll raise a cup of green tea to that! Do you drink green tea? How much?

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Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.

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