Friday, December 29, 2006

Green tea + caffeine = negative calories?

The Coca-Cola Company is claiming that its new drink Enviga, whose main ingredients are green tea and caffeine, contains negative calories—by increasing your metabolism, it burns more calories than the drink itself contains.

Claims the company:

The effects of the green tea drinks go beyond those of caffeine-laden zero-calorie sodas, the manufacturers of Celsius and Enviga say. An antioxidant found in green tea - epigallo catechin gallate, or EGCG - significantly increases metabolism, they say. This, in turn, boosts the body's ability to burn fat.

If that's the case, you may as well just drink a lot of green tea, which will boost your metabolism and give you all of the other benefits of green tea but without all of the other chemicals found in bottled drinks like Enviga.

Negative calories? Not so fast, say nutritionists

—Mellow Monk

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