Could green tea banish your bulge?

Maintaining a fabulous figure could be as easy as having a daily cup of green tea, new research suggests. The healthy cuppa has been shown to slow down weight gain, giving hope to those who struggle to keep the weight off.

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Scientists at Penn State University in Pennsylvania conducted a study on obese mice, half of which were fed EGCG, a compound found in green tea, while the remainder went without the supplement.

Even with a high fat diet, the mice gained weight considerably slower than those without the supplement, suggesting that green tea may help to control weight gain or maintain a healthy weight.

Researcher Joshua Lambert wrote in the journal Obesity: "First, EGCG reduces the ability to absorb fat and second, it enhances the ability to use fat."

He added that, though the doses given to the mice was equivalent to 10 cups in human terms, the benefits may still be seen with just a few cups each day.

Mr Lambert went on: "Human data - and there's not a lot at this point - shows that tea drinkers who only consumer one or more cups a day will see effects on body weight compared to non-consumers."

Green tea also contains powerful antioxidants that counterbalance the body's damaging free radicals.

So the next time you fancy a tea break, why not go green? It might just do you the power of good.

Are you already a fan of green tea and have you noticed a change since switching from the usual cuppa? Leave your comments below...