The health benefits of green tea are well-known and many people have made the switch, but now scientists have found that black teas possess just as many health bonuses.
The one thing where black tea and green tea differ, however, is that black tea is normally taken with milk, which slows down the absorption rate of valuable antioxidants and polyphenols. Surprisingly, skim milk slows this process down at a greater extent than whole milk.
A recent study out of Japan that was published in the journal Nutrition shows that black tea blocks fat absorption into the cells and is an effective weight loss aid. These studies were performed on rats that exhibited fat reduction after ingesting black tea and a high-fat diet. These rats also had lower fat in their livers and lower cholesterol levels.
We’ve known that green tea has weight loss benefits and that a tea out of South America called yerba mate green tea is famous for its dieting effects, but until now, we didn’t know that black tea also helps keep the waistline slim by blocking the absorption of fats. Scientists are now saying that black tea is more effective at fighting fat. The secret is in the production process of the tea. Unlike green tea, black teas are fermented and this increases their fat-fighting compounds.
If it weren’t for the fact that most black teas are taken with milk, which greatly reduces this effect, these health benefits would not have gone unnoticed for quite so long.
Milk contains casein and this sticks to the polyphenols, coating them so that absorption is slowed down and the weight loss effect is diminished. If you’re on a diet, then you’re probably only drinking skim milk, which is actually worse than whole milk in this case. The best solution is to take your tea black – that way you cut out even more calories and fat from your diet, while adding the benefit of powerful cancer-fighting antioxidants and polyphenols.
So, the next time you brew up a cuppa, hold the milk!
Originally published @ FITLODE.COM