Green tea and fat loss
Tea in general is one of the most widely consumed drink around the world and has been for many years. In countries like China and India people have been drinking it for thousands of years not only because of its good taste, but also because of the many believed health benefits of tea.
So is this just hype or is there scientific evidence behind the great health benefits of green tea?
Black, white and green tea all originate from the same plant. Although the source is the same, the way they are processed is different. Processing both black tea and green tea involves a fermentation process where the leaves are oxidized, but the fermentation is a lot shorter in case of the green tea processing.
This is the reason why green tea retains more antioxidants (particularly catechins) and polyphenols than black tea, giving its beneficial properties.
Polyphenols are micronutrients we get from our diet and which help prevent degenerative diseases in the body. Antioxidants are equally helpful in preventing cell damage and the development of degenerative diseases like cancer.
Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)
One particular type of antioxidant is epigallocatechin gallate also known as EGCG. High levels of this antioxidant can be found in green tea and in particular in matcha green tea which contains the highest level of EGCG. It contains 137 times more than regular green tea.
EGCG has been shown to speed up the body’s metabolism which in turn helps to increase the body’s ability to burn fat1.
Green Tea a thermogenic fat burner
There is plenty of research evidence out there that studied the health benefits of green tea and in particular the effects of this natural ingredient on weight loss. Studies have been conclusively finding that the consumption of green tea especially when combined with regular exercise enhances the body’s ability to burn fat making green tea a thermogenic fat burner.
Research conducted in 2013 found that subjects taking green tea achieved reduced body fat during the study and the reduction in body fat was even more significant when combined with exercise2.
The number of research studies supporting the claims of green tea as a natural fat burner means that many fat burner supplements decided to use this as one of their main ingredients. As a proven, natural and safe fat burning ingredient, green tea is a great choice for fat burner products. However, the amount of this ingredient per daily serving is equally important.
To be effective, fat burners should contain at least 450 – 500 mg of green tea extract per daily serving. So if you are thinking of trying a fat burner supplement make sure that you carefully read the label first. Green tea can be a great ingredient, but make sure it’s not combined with more controversial ingredients like bitter orange or synephrine.
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You might ask, can I just drink cups of green tea instead? You can by all means, but to consume 450 – 500 mg of green tea extract each day, you would have to drink an awful lot of cups of tea.
1. Huang, J. Wang, Y., Yang, C. S., Zhang, J. and Zhang, L. (2016). Mechanisms of Body Weight Reduction and Metabolic Syndrome Alleviation by Tea. Molecular Nutrition Food Research, Vol. 60, Issue 1, pp. 160-174.
2. Cardoso, G. A., Cesar, Mde C., Donado-Pestana, C. M. and Salgado, J.M. (2013). The effects of green tea consumption and resistance training on body composition and resting metabolic rate in overweight or obese women. Journal of Medicinal Food, Vol. 16, Issue 2, pp. 171-178.