A Cup of Green Tea Could Keep Hunger at Bay
Green tea has been associated with various health benefits due to its high antioxidant content and now a recent study has found that it may also increase satiety, which could help with weight loss.
The study was conducted by researchers from Lund University in Sweden and published in the November 2010 issue of the Nutrition Journal.
For the study the researchers randomly assigned 14 participants to receive either 10 ounces of green tea or water. The drink was consumed while eating a breakfast of white bread and sliced turkey. The researchers then drew blood at 0, 15, 30, 45, 60, 90, and 120 minutes after the meal.
The researchers found that people in the green tea group had a higher level of satiety, an increased feeling of fullness and more of them felt like they had enough to consume during the meal.
Previous studies have suggested that green tea may boost satiety due to its affect on insulin sensitivity or glucose levels but the researchers found no difference in insulin or glucose between the two groups.
Although this study did not look into other potential mechanisms, the participants in the green tea group did report a different taste perception, meaning they found it less pleasant to eat more food than the group given the water.
This study adds more evidence to back the potential weight management benefits of green tea. There are many other health benefits associated with green which have received significantly more scientific support including its potential for improving heart health, digestion and decreasing the risk of neurodegenerative diseases.