When it comes to green tea, there are three kinds of people in the world: those who love it, those who hate it, and those who drink it in the hopes of losing weight.
Yes, drinking green tea can help you lose weight. At least that’s what everyone—right from ads featuring Bollywood actresses to that health-conscious colleague who has boxes of the stuff in her drawer—says. But now, scientists are joining that bandwagon as well, as a research paper published in the journal Phytotherapy Research ratifies the weight-loss benefits of green tea.
The study which featured 26 randomized controlled trials and included over 1,300 participants, discovered that people who consumed green tea for longer than 12 weeks had a reduced body weight and body mass index. Unfortunately, green tea consumption showed no bearings on the waist size of the participants.
Green tea can do more than just aid weight loss
Green tea is a powerhouse of antioxidants, which not only makes it a healthy choice of beverage but can reduce your risk of cancer as well. In fact, a study published in the journal PMC claims that regular green tea consumption can keep lung, colon, mouth, stomach, and breast cancer at bay.
But that’s not all! Because it would seem that a healthy lifestyle that features green tea can also reduce non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
A 2020 study done on mice at the Penn State University, US, found that in test subjects who consumed green tea extracts and exercised regularly had lesser lipid deposits in their livers. The paper which was published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry claims that green tea and exercise together alter the body’s functioning in such a way, that it processes food differently.
Although, a human trial is yet to happen—adopting a way of life that features sipping on the beverage and working out can do you no harm, right?
So, how much green tea should do drink in a day?
If the health benefits of green tea have turned you into a believer, then let us tell you that you must limit your green tea consumption to three cups a day. Because much like everything else, too much green tea can be harmful for you.
Since green tea contains caffeine, too much of it can make you irritable, increase your heart rate, and mess with your digestion. Many reports also claim that green tea plant extracts contain heavy metals, which can interfere with your system if you drink copious amounts of this healthy beverage.
So boys and girls, while it is good to take care of your health by including green tea in your diet (and hopefully reducing sugar-laden coffee and masala chai), remember that moderation is key. Oh, and that if you really want to lose that weight—you need to watch what you eat and exercise as well.