We’re bang in the middle of the holiday season, and we hate to remind you of the inevitable weight gain that comes with it. Cookies, sweets, eggnogs are bound to do that your body. It happens to the best of us. However, there might just be a saving grace.
According to a new study, in rats suggests that caffeine may offset some of the negative effects of an obesogenic diet by reducing the storage of lipids in fat cells and limiting weight gain and the production of triglycerides.
The research team of the study are from the University of Illinois came up with the study topic after they had been toying with the idea that caffeine, cholesterol production, and weight all have something in common.
According to the team, rats that consumed the caffeine extracted from mate tea gained 16% less weight and accumulated 22% less body fat than rats that consumed decaffeinated mate tea. These effects, according to the results, were similar to synthetic caffeine and that extracted from coffee.In case you didn’t know
“mate tea” is a herbal beverage rich in phytochemicals, flavonoids and amino acids that are consumed as a stimulant by people in southeastern Latin American countries. The study explained that the amount of caffeine per serving in mate tea ranges from 65-130 milligrams, compared with 30-300 milligrams of caffeine in a cup of brewed coffee.
Lasting for four weeks, the study closely monitored rats eating a diet that contained 40% fat, 45% carbohydrate, and 15% protein. Of course, as part of the control group, the rats also ingested one of the forms of caffeine in an amount equivalent to what a human would drink in four cups of coffee daily.
After the four-weeks, the percentage of lean body mass in the various groups of rats “differed significantly.” According to the study, the rats ingested caffeine from mate tea, coffee or synthetic sources accumulated less body fat than rats in other groups.
Now that we know what might just help, we’re gonna binge on some of that coffee!