DRINK­ING BLACK TEA MAY HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT

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Love to drink black tea? It may be as ben­e­fi­cial as green tea in pre­vent­ing obe­sity and pro­mot­ing well-be­ing, re­searchers say.

The find­ings showed that chem­i­cals found in black tea — called polyphe­nols — al­ters en­ergy metabolism in the liver by chang­ing gut me­tab­o­lites. Pre­vi­ously, 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.

How­ever, “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,” said lead au­thor Su­sanne Hen­ning, Pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia — Los An­ge­les (UCLA).

“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,” Hen­ning added. For the study, the team con­ducted ex­per­i­ments on mice that con­sumed a high­fat, high-sugar di­ets and were sup­ple­mented with green tea or black tea ex­tracts.

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