Green Tea for Weight Loss?
Research by Sadia Hanif

Trying to lose weight? Reach for a cup of green tea instead of a diet beverage.

According to a new study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, green tea appears to accelerate calorie burning -- including fat calories. Researchers at the University of Geneva, in Switzerland, came to this conclusion by studying 10 healthy young men who ranged from lean to mildly overweight. For six weeks, they either took two capsules of green-tea extract and 50 milligrams of caffeine daily, just 50 mg. of caffeine or a placebo. All men were placed on a typical "Western" diet that consisted of 40 percent fat.

The men taking the green-tea extract burned more calories during the day than the other men. There was no difference in calorie expenditure between the caffeine group and the placebo group. Researchers suggest compounds in green tea called flavonoids may change how the body uses a hormone called norepinephrine, which then speeds the rate calories are burned.

Green tea, a staple in Asian diets, has gained popularity in the West lately. Research has shown compounds in green tea may help to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and even ulcers.
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