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All about green tea and its weight loss aid

24 mayo, 2021

The infusions are in general, very accepted in the habitual diet, but one of the most recognized for its healthy properties is tea. Today we dedicate a few lines to Green Tea in particular and we will tell you all about this drink that can help you lose weight.

The properties of green tea

From Chinese medicine the Green Tea It is considered a highly recommended healthy drink to care for and protect the body, as its properties include its power antioxidant, because it contains a high concentration of catechins and polyphenols, in proportions even higher than black tea or oolong tea as published in a study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

In addition, according to an analysis published in the scientific journal Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, green tea is an excellent source of minerals among which potassium stands out, although it also offers calcium, sodium, fluorine, manganese, iron and others.

It also provides caffeine, although not in high proportions, which can stimulate the central nervous system after consumption and like any infusion, it is a good source of water with which we can facilitate the achievement of the recommended daily quota of fluids to maintain good hydration of the body.

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Green tea and its weight loss aid

Due to the aforementioned properties, green tea is not only recommended as an infusion to prevent diseases, but also, it is an ally for lose weight.

Among its catechins, the epigallocatechin gallate which has been proven by French researchers to have a thermogenic effect, that is, increases caloric expenditure and promotes fat oxidation in the body, so it would be of great help when we seek to lose weight.

In addition, research published in The Journal of Nutrition concludes that after 12 weeks of three weekly exercise sessions of 60 minutes each, green tea improves results and changes induced by physical activity in the body, improving the proportion of abdominal fat and triglycerides in the body.

Likewise, scientists from Health Care Food Research Laboratories have concluded that the consumption of green tea can improve lipid profile in the body, reduce waist circumference, body fat, and blood pressure, all of which would not only help us lose weight but also keep us away from cardiovascular disease.

In rodents, benefits of green tea consumption have also been observed, concluding that its intake could have a anti-obesity effect, perhaps, mediated by catechins that reduce the absorption of lipids in the body.

All this shows that green tea, due to its catechin and caffeine content, could help us increase metabolism, burn more calories and oxidize more fats and, therefore, be a true resource when we seek lose weight.

Of course, it is not a miracle product, so its intake alone will not make us lose weight, but, within the framework of a healthy and low-calorie diet, as well as with the practice of regular exercise, the consumption of green tea can be of great help to slim down.

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How much green tea to consume?

Like any product that contains caffeine, we must not abuse its consumptionHowever, we cannot miss out on its valuable properties either, so a consumption of 2-4 cups daily it could be recommended.

In fact, a study carried out with the University of Chicago has proven that the intake of green tea in the aforementioned amounts promotes weight and adipose tissue control of the organism.

Therefore, these are the amounts that we can consume, of course, taking into account that it contains caffeine and that if we also ingest coffee, we can reach an excessive consumption of this stimulating substance.

In addition, we can not only drink green tea as an infusion but also, ** use it as an ingredient in the kitchen **. Here are some recipes:

Consulted bibliography | Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Volume 25, Issue 2, 2006; Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, December 2007, 62: 139; Am J Clin Nutr December 1999 vol. 70 no. 6 1040-1045; J. Nutr. February 2009, vol. 139 no. 2 264-270; Obesity, Volume 15, Issue 6, pages 1473–1483, June 2; J. Nutr. September 2008, vol. 138 no. 9 1677-1683 and Am J Clin Nutr November 2000, vol. 72 no. 5 1232-1233

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