High-sugar and high-fat diets are known risk factors for many health problems, including obesity and type 2 diabetes, according tomedia slash Gear. A new study from the University of Illinois has found that taking caffeine from coffee, tea and other sources may help prevent some of the health consequences of poor eating habits. In addition, the intake of synthetic caffeine was found to have similar benefits.
The researchers fed the rats a diet of 45 percent carbohydrate, 40 percent fat and 15 percent protein. Similarly, the same rats were fed caffeine, which is equivalent to the amount of caffeine a person can consume by drinking four cups of coffee a day. Caffeine comes from herbal tea and coffee, and is made of synthetic caffeine.
The rats in the control group were fed decaffeinated mardone tea, known for its high levels of flavonoids, phytochemicals and amino acids. Despite these beneficial compounds, the benefits in these rats were different from those in rats fed caffeine. After four weeks, despite the same high-fat and high-sugar diet, the caffeine-fed rats lost 22 percent of their body fat and a 16 percent loss in weight.
The researchers noted that the mice in each group had “significantly different lean weights( or defatonous weights). The researchers concluded that caffeine and marde tea are potential “anti-obesity agents” that can help people avoid metabolic conditions caused by weight gain and obesity.
Elvira Gonzalez de Mejia, co-author of the study, said:
Taking into account this finding, made tea and caffeine can be considered anti-obesity drugs. The results of this study could be extended to humans to understand the role of marde tea and caffeine as a potential strategy for preventing overweight and obesity and subsequent metabolic abnormalities associated with these diseases.