If you want your diet to be more effective, add black tea to your list of drinks. A recent research discovered it contains certain chemicals which influence the bacteria in our guts. These bacteria play a huge role in metabolism, so they might actually promote weight loss and energy production.
Black tea is just as good as green tea for weight loss
Researchers discovered black tea had many other benefits besides its antioxidant properties. Certain components in the drink stimulate the development of the gut microbiome and accelerate the metabolism of the liver. This is seemingly the perfect recipe for an efficient weight loss process. To reach this conclusion, they performed a study on mice.
All the mice were split into four groups, and each of them received a different kind of diet. The first group received a diet high in sugar but low in fat. Two groups received a diet high in both sugar and fat and added either black tea or green tea extract to it. In the end, the last group received the high-fat – high-sugar combo, but without the tea.
Four weeks later, each group had its weight measured, together with several liver samples to assess fat levels, and gut samples to assess bacteria. Then, they analyzed the results, which brought quite a surprising outcome. The groups which received green and black tea had the same weight as the low-fat, high-sugar one.
Polyphenols in black tea accelerate the metabolism of the liver
However, their weight wasn’t the only remarkable result. Their gut samples contained more bacteria which promoted weight loss, and less of the ones which facilitate the development of obesity. Therefore, researchers managed to prove not only green tea but also black tea could help with weight loss.
However, there’s a difference between the two types of tea, namely the amount of polyphenols they contain. These substances reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, or cancer, and are more abundant in black tea than in green tea. When they reach the large intestine, they trigger the growth of more bacteria, which accelerate the metabolism of the liver and help with weight loss.
The research has been published in the European Journal of Nutrition.
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