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This thread about tea gave me this inspiration to write about weight control and green tea in my blog/website, The Giving Teas Project.
Here are some of the facts I share:
Scientific research resoundingly demonstrates that green tea can be a supportive of maintaing a healthy weight.
How does green tea promote weight loss? The catechins in green tea influence metabolism in several ways:
* Inhibiting intestinal lipases
*Decreasing fat absorption
*Increasing fat excretion
*Increasing uncoupling proteins
*Decreasing lipogenic enzymes
One study supplemented a group of female laboratory mice with green tea (from 1% to 4% of their diets) for four months to determine which effects it may have on food intake and weight. At the end of the study researchers found that mice with tea supplemented diets showed significantly decreased food intake, decreased weight gain, and decreased fat mass. Levels of cholesterol and triglycerides were also lower. In addition, serum leptin levels were also shown to be lower.
Another study supplemented green tea catechin EGCG (50-100mg/kg) in pure form and found that it reduced or prevented an increase in body weight in lean and in obese laboratory rats.
In humans, intake of green tea was found to increase thermogenesis. The thermogenic effect was found to be greater than that due to the amount of caffeine found in the tea.
A study in 10 subjects found that compared to placebo, green tea extract resulted in a significant (4%) increase in energy expenditure. In addition, the excretion of norepinephrine was higher during treatment with the green tea extract than with a placebo. This supports the finding that there was an increase in thermogenesis due to increased norepinephrine levels in the body.
These are my personal favorite blends - and now that this Raw Food Rehab challenge has begun I try to keep a cup of hot tea in my hands at all times - it helps me not feed my urge to cheat!
Green Passion: gunpowder green tea, mango bits, papaya bits, sunflowers and essence
Moroccan Mint: green tea and spearmint
Keylime Cheesecake: green tea, lime peels, lemongrass, pineapple, apple and essence
Pink Lemonade: green tea, lemon peels, hibiscus, peonies and essence
Green Chai: green tea blended with almonds, cloves, cinnamon and roses
Mojito: sencha, spearmint, rock sugar and limes
Goji Pom Pom: sencha, goji berries, cornflowers and essence
Has any one else found the warmth of tea helpful to your challenge??