Could Drinking Black Tea Help You Lose Weight?

There has been a lot of talk, lately, about the benefits of green tea, but what about other types of tea? Surely all tea would share similar benefits, right? For one, tea has caffeine, and that we know that caffeine helps to boost metabolism and help to promote healthy weight loss.

Well, it turns out that black tea might be better than green tea, for example, in terms of preventing obesity and boosting well-being.

This new study, from experts at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), asserts that chemicals known as polyphenols—which are naturally found in black tea—can help you lose weight. Published in the European Journal of Nutrition, the study claims that black tea’s weight loss properties alter gut metabolites, which help to change energy metabolism in the liver.

Lead study author Susanne Henning explains, “It was known that green tea polyphenols are more effective and offer more health benefits than black tea polyphenols since green tea chemicals are absorbed into the blood and tissue.”

The UCLA professor of human nutrition goes on to say, “Our new findings suggest that black tea, through a specific mechanism through the gut microbiome, may also contribute to good health and weight loss in humans.”

And, she concludes, if you are a black tea lover, “there may be a new reason to keep drinking it.”

More specifically, laboratory experiments with found that mice who were given black tea extract had a higher proficiency of a certain type of bacteria—known as Pseudobutyrivibrio. The study researchers suggest that, perhaps, this might explain the metabolic differences between black and green tea.
But black tea also has lots of other benefits, including several antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that have been linked to better management of lifestyle disease like high cholesterol and diabetes.

Finally, UCLA Center for Human Nutrition director and chief of the Division of Clinical Nutrition, Zhaoping Li, adds: “The findings suggest that the health benefits of both green tea and black tea go beyond their antioxidant benefits and that both teas have a strong impact on the gut microbiome.”

Also, Henning concludes: “The results suggest that both green and black teas are prebiotics, substances that induce the growth of good microorganisms that contribute to a person’s well-being. For black tea lovers, there may be a new reason to keep drinking it.”

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