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  • Green Tea reduced body weight by 12%, body fat by 34% in mice


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    Friday, May 13, 2005 7:45 am Email this article
    Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), an ingredient in green tea, dose-dependently -- in other words, the higher the dose, the larger the effect -- reduces body fat and body weight according to a new study in mice. EGCG as 0.5% of diet: 6.7% lower body weight, 25.4% less body fat

    Mice given EGCG as 0.5 percent of their diet, weighed 6.7 percent less after one month (43 grams vs 46 grams) and had 25.4 percent less body fat (19.1 percent versus 25.6 percent) than control mice eating the same diet without the EGCG.

    EGCG as 1% of diet: 12.3% lower body weight, 34.4% less body fat

    Mice given EGCG as 1 percent of their diet, weighed 12.3 percent less after one month (41 grams vs 46 grams) and had 34.4 percent less body fat (16.8 percent versus 25.6 percent) than control mice eating the same diet without the EGCG.

    EGCG reduced food absorption, increased fat excretion

    EGCG decreased fat absorption and slightly increases fat excretion.

    EGCG alone had no effect on body temperature or calories burned

    When checked over a three day period, EGCG had no effect on body temperature or the number of calories burned.

    Comment: In an interview, obesity researcher Dr. Abdul Dulloo explains thatit is the combination of EGCG and caffeine found in green tea—not EGCG alone—that increases thermogenesis and metabolism.

    One study found that green tea increased daily calories burned by 4 percent.

    Another study found that tea drinkers have 20 percent less body fat.

    Previous research: Men lose 5.3 lbs drinking oolong tea

    A previous study found that men lost 5.3 pounds in three months by drinking oolong tea.

    Oolong tea is green tea that has been partially fermented.

    Previous research: Tea reduces heart attack risk by 45%

    Research has also found that tea drinking reduces the risk of a heart attack by 45 percent.

    Other articles about tea for weight loss

    Other articles about tea can be found here and also here.

     

    REFERENCE

    Klaus S, Pultz S, Thone-Reineke C, Wolfram S. Epigallocatechin gallate attenuates diet-induced obesity in mice by decreasing energy absorption and increasing fat oxidation. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2005 Jun, 29(6):615-23.

    AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION

    Group of Energy Metabolism
    German Institute of Human Nutrition
    Potsdam, Nuthetal, Germany

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