DRINKING BLACK TEA MAY HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT
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.