A study appearing in the journal Obesity stated that when fed epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), mice gained weight 45% slower, even when given a high-fat diet.
EGCG is a substance derived from green tea leaves, and previous studies have identified it as a powerful antioxidant. The new investigation added that it seems to boost health by preventing the absorption of some fats in the digestive tract.
Researchers estimated that a human would have to drink 10 cups of green tea to match the amount given to mice relative to their size. Still, even a few cups of the beverage or an herbal supplement may reduce inflammation and prevent excess weight gain, the team said.
"Human data -- and there's not a lot at this point -- shows that tea drinkers who only consume one or more cups a day will see effects on body weight compared to nonconsumers," co-author Joshua Lambert noted.
From the October 5, 2011, Prepared Foods' Daily News.