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Green Tea Keeps Mice Skinny

I extol the benefits of green tea regularly, and now there is another great health attribute to add to the list – blocking fat and keeping extra pounds at bay. Rather, a health attribute to hopefully add to the list of benefits in the near future, since this attribute of green tea has not yet been proven in humans.

A recent study found that mice, with an obesity gene, which were fed food laced with green tea had: less weight and fat gain, had less fat in their livers, and had lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. That's plenty of good stuff coming from a cup of green stuff.

What I find most encouraging about this study is that the mice were fed the equivalent of seven cups of tea, while that might seem high it is by no means an outrageous amount of tea.

Me? I will keep sipping my daily dose of green tea, mostly because I enjoy the taste. How about you? Do you like green tea? Do you drink it daily? Tell me how you feel about green tea in the comments section below.


whizkidforte whizkidforte 8 years
Proof that I'm still drinking it, with that lemon squeeze...
maryfmorrison maryfmorrison 9 years
I went through a phase where I drank a cup every night and people noticed I lost weight. And I did. I'm not sure why I don't keep drinking it?
Allytta Allytta 9 years
japanese ladies drink loads of green tea and even eat the leaves afterwards, so they get the vitamins as well... and they're so skinny! so i decided to give it a try, it's 2 weeks now that i'm drinking green tea and only it. don't see the results, but now i know that coffee is not magical and it doesn't do anything for me excep the nice taste.
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 9 years
anyway, I drink green tea every day. but I drink it because I love it.
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 9 years
I skimmed the paper and it seemed like a really interesting study. You should probably emphasize that they only saw these effects in the ob/ob mice. Lean mice given green tea didn't have any changes in any of the factors that they looked at. So, I don't know how these results could be applied to a healthy human. Some of you asked what type of green tea that they used...they purchased green tea exctract from a lab supply company. They fed the mice two different concentrations of the green tea extract and said that they chose them based the lower amount on the average amount of tea that a japenese adult would drink each day and the higher amount on the amount of tea that would be consumed in other parts of the world. fluffyhelen - you have a really good point. They didn't control for caffeine. obviously, I'm a big science nerd.
leahtron leahtron 9 years
I'm addicted to coffee in the morning, but I've been trying to replace it with tea (especially during the day and evening), and green tea is definitely my favorite. It's especially nice to-go in the winter as I walk home from class.
fireannach fireannach 9 years
I love green tea, and so does my boyfriend, but we both get nauseous if we have it in the morning or without too much food in our stomachs. It sucks because I love it and totally crave it, but I have to make sure it's not on an empty stomach.
disheveled disheveled 9 years
I have to have a cup of green tea in the morning, can't start my day without it. My favourite at the moment is a green tea flavoured with sea-buckthorn.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
-scrolls down ignoring veggie vs omni rants- Green tea is good! I didn't like it before, took me a while to adjust to the taste but I usually drink (i think) stacks green tea. they also have one with chai. i drink about 10 cups a day. lol. now is this research about regular old green tea, which seems to be japanese (correct me if i'm wrong) or about ones with different flavorings? i wonder which is the best. anyone heard of Bonkers slimming tea? found it in the organic asile at safeway. it's good, i got the lemon grass one, but i wonder how that compares to the 'slimming' effects of green tea.
foxie foxie 9 years
It never ceases to amaze me how defensive omni's get at the discussion of farming and meat eating. This isn't a "flame war," whatever that is, it's a discussion. I'm not attacking so there's no need to go into defense mode.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
I drink it every WEEKday at work after lunch. However, sometimes I drink chai or mint tea or lemon tea or grey...depends. But it's usually green tea. It's great for those cravings after lunch at around 2 or 3pm.
almostloli almostloli 9 years
JAPANESE green teas only, there are several types (ex: sencha, genmaicha, houjicha, etc), but i enjoy them all, they're the best tasting green tea types
pluckyred pluckyred 9 years
"I'm not even sure what to do with some of the assertions that have been made in this thread." You and me both. There's nothing like a good ol' fashion online flamewar, which reminds me of my old usenet/newsgroup days. And like those days, I see the possibility of Godwin's Law being invoked. Link to Wikipedia entry on Godwin's Law:'s_law It amuses me.
brown_eyed_grrl brown_eyed_grrl 9 years
"Humans aren't at the top of the food chain. That's crazy. Can you picture any one of us running out into a pasture and taking down a cow and eating it?" Uh...people have been killing animals (including cows) for food for a very, very long time. We might not run into a field and tackle one like a tiger, but we developed other ways of accomplishing the same end-result. It might be artificial, in a sense, but it is what it is. We can kill pretty much anything and eat it. Sorry to those who wanted to talk about green tea. I'm obviously bored here at work, and I don't plan to post about this again, since I'm not even sure what to do with some of the assertions that have been made in this thread.
Allie1506 Allie1506 9 years
They were talking about this on the view today... I caught the tail end of it, but it sounded like they M.D. who was talking about the green tea and benefits recommened marinating chicken in green tea??? i think... either way I love green tea!
sarah_bellum sarah_bellum 9 years
I'm going to grill up a steak with my green tea tonight. ;)
AMP AMP 9 years
I love green tea and I love meat! I try to drink about 3 cups a day, but its easier at work b/c its sitting in the kitchen for me, hot water ready to go.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
i love green tea, i try to have it about twice a day at least at work. although i have noticed that when i drink a lot of green tea, i tend to feel hungry a lot more.
foxie foxie 9 years
Most animals are not killed painlessly. Even if they're raised free-range, chances are they're sent to a factory-style slaughterhouse, where they're shoved through a type of procession. Workers are paid on how fast they slaughter, not by their accuracy. MANY MANY MANY animals don't get properly stunned and are left fully conscious, shackled upsidedown, drowned in scalding hot water tanks, getting throats cut, etc etc. So while I applaud the efforts to eat organic and free range, you really just don't know what you're buying 100 percent of the time. @ plucky, Humans aren't at the top of the food chain. That's crazy. Can you picture any one of us running out into a pasture and taking down a cow and eating it? We'd look ridiculous and it probably wouldn't get us anywhere. Also, just because it may not be a pressing matter for YOU doesn't mean that the rest of us can't talk about it.
kjjbfiles kjjbfiles 9 years
Green Tea, yup I've heard all this. But there are so many kinds. I want maximum benefits if I'm going to drink 7 cups a day, that's a lot of caffeine too. I don't know if I want the withdrawal headaches.
pluckyred pluckyred 9 years
Regarding green tea: I noticed awhile ago that I tend to burn fat when I drink it on a regular basis. I'm not obese. In fact, my BMI is 21.5. Still, it seems to have a thermogenic affect on me even though I never actively try to lose weight. I do believe that there is no "one size fits all" to weight loss. Every body is different. Thus, I wouldn't say that the fact that it has that affect on me - and obese mice - means that it would work for everyone. Regarding this political animal rights/vegetarianism side topic: I agree with brown_eyed_grrl and Renees3. I consider myself an ethical eater and believe that there's nothing wrong with eating animals if they were well taken care of while they were alive, killed painlessly and consumed with respect for the animal. Humans are at the top of the food chain. Furthermore, everyone is entitled to their opinion but differing opinions are easier to swallow (excuse the pun) when there is no moral high horse implied. There is no right or wrong here, only belief systems and ways that people choose to live their lives. Disparaging other people's choices - THAT affects world peace. People kill one another over differing belief systems and we're arguing (not even intelligently debating) over the ethical implications of eating meat?
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 9 years
my=me. OOps. It's Friday...and lunch time.
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 9 years
I love green tea (obviously), especially the orange spice kind. I drink at least 10 cups throughout the day. I don't really gain weight at all, but I think it helps keep my slim. Plus I'm addicted to it. It tastes so good and for me it seems to keep me from eating more than I should. I don't drink as much in the summer since I like it hot. I'll have to work on that...
behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 9 years
I just love green tea; I drink at least one large cup every day! I also love black tea, especially in the morning! mmmmmm my favorite part of breakfast
azduring13 azduring13 9 years
I love green tea!
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