Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Green tea promotes weight loss by altering the behavior of fat cells, say researchers

A study published in the journal Nutrition & Metabolism shows that white tea extract "induces lipolytic activity and inhibits adipogenesis in human subcutaneous (pre)-adipocytes."


Translation: Something in the tea causes fat cells to produce less fat and to destroy fat they have already created.


The researchers know what that "something" is—epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG):

These effects were, at least in part, mediated by EGCG . . .

Since white tea is a type of green tea, there is every reason to believe that these results apply to green tea, as well.


In fact, there is a large body of research on green tea's slimming effects.

[Edit: "Large body" pun in fat-related article completely unintentional.]


So what are you waiting for? Start sipping, everyone!



And now for something completely different—goldfish jelly.


—Mellow Monk


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