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Black Tea May Help You Lose Weight

You should know by now that green tea has its benefits to weight loss from previous studies, but now researchers from the University of California Los Angeles found that black tea can help you lose weight as well.

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Black tea may help you lose weight, according to new study by UCLA. Photo by Organic Facts

The study that was published in the European Journal of Nutrition fed four groups of mice different diets for 30 days. The groups were as follows: low-fat and high-sugar, high-fat and high-sugar, high-fat and high-sugar with green tea, and high-fat and high sugar with black tea.

After analyzing the mice’s fat, liver tissue and gut bacteria, they discovered that both of the tea groups on a high-fat diet lost an equal amount of weight compared to the mice consuming less fat, or lesser calories overall.

That is because black tea and green tea are sufficient in polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that has been found to increase your heart health and play a role in weight loss. However, the way these antioxidants travel through your body differs in black tea, compared to green tea says researchers.

Polyphenols in green tea absorb in your blood easily. On the other hand, polyphenols in black tea work through your intestines because they are too big to be absorbed into your bloodstream. This is where they boost good bacteria in your gut to help keep your metabolism running smoothly.

Although both types of teas can positively affect gut bacteria, only black tea lead to an increase in a type of bacteria known as Pseudobutyrivibrio and short-chain fatty acids in the mice, which basically explains how it could affect your metabolism differently than green tea.

Although the study was done in mice, the researchers believe the results could apply to humans, too.

“Our new findings suggest that black tea, through a specific mechanism through the gut microbiome, may also contribute to good health and weight loss in humans,” Susanne Henning, Ph.D., R.D., lead study author and adjunct professor at the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition stated in a press release. “The results suggest that both green and black teas are prebiotics, substances that induce the growth of good microorganisms that contribute to a person’s well-being.”

Keep in mind that just drinking tea will not make you lose weight alone. You must add some kind of physical activity and watch what you eat on a daily basis. Still, choosing to sip on black tea instead of a sugary beverage will help you lose those extra calories.

Source: Monster, R. “Black tea may help with weight loss, too” www.newsroom.ucla.edu 2 October 2017

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice