Drinking tea can help you lose weight, research suggests.
Green tea is one of the healthiest beverage on the planet.It is loaded with antioxidants and various substances that are beneficial for health. Many studies have shown that green tea can increase fat burning and help you lose weight. A cup of tea a day, new research suggests drinking tea can help you lose weight, just don’t add milk.
Scientists have shown that tea contains high levels of compounds that combat the absorption of fat.
However, proteins in cows’ milk neutralise this fat-fighting ability.
Dr Devajit Borthakur, of the Tea Research Association in India, said that the chemistry between the milk proteins and the fat-fighting compounds means that ‘we don’t get the health benefit from these compounds’.
The finding is bad news for Britons, who add milk to 98 percent of the 165million cups of tea they make a day.
It could also help explain why waistlines are bulging, despite a large amount of tea drunk in the UK.
Those who simply can’t bear the thought of drinking their tea black should perhaps think more about the type of milk they add.
British research found the health benefits of antioxidants, compounds credited with the ability to stave off a range of illnesses from heart disease to cancer, appears to be reduced by adding milk to tea.
The best known of these is caffeine. A cup of green tea contains much less caffeine (24-40 mg) than a cup of coffee (100-200 mg), but still enough to have a mild effect.
Caffeine is a well-known stimulant that has been shown to aid fat burning and improve exercise performance in numerous studies
But where green tea really shines is in its massive range of antioxidants… being loaded with potent antioxidants called catechins
The most important of these is EGCG (Epigallocatechin
In order to burn fat, it must first be broken down in the fat cell and moved into the bloodstream.
The active compounds in green tea can aid in this process by boosting the effects of some fat burning hormones.
The main antioxidant in tea, EGCG, can help inhibit an enzyme that breaks down the hormone norepinephrine (5).
This hormone is used by the nervous system as a signal to the fat cells, telling them to break down fat. Therefore, more norepinephrine leads to a stronger signal being sent to the fat cell and more fat gets broken down.
Caffeine and EGCG (both found naturally in green tea) may actually have a synergistic effect, because caffeine enhances another step in the same pathway (7).
The end result is that the fat cell breaks down more fat, which is released into the bloodstream and becomes available for use as energy by cells that need it, like muscle cells.