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Can black tea help with weight loss?

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This is the type of tea that's often served in Chinese restaurants and used to make iced tea. It’s fermented -- a process that allows it to change chemically and often increases its caffeine content. The tea has a strong, rich flavor. Whether it helps with weight loss isn't certain. But research done on rats suggests substances called polyphenols in black tea might help block fat from being absorbed in the intestines.

Watch what you pour into your tea, though. Drinking black tea the English way -- with milk -- might curb its fat-blocking abilities.

From: Could Tea Help You Lose Weight? WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Harvard Medical School: "Health Benefits Linked to Drinking Tea."

He, R. , February 2009. Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine

Ho, Chi-Tang. , 2008. Tea and Tea Products: Chemistry and Health-Promoting Properties

Hursel, R. , September 2009. International Journal of Obesity

Hursel, R. , December 2013. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Kuroda, Y and Yukihiko H. , 2013. Health Effects of Tea and Its Catechins

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Green Tea."

News release, Anglia Ruskin University.

Phung, O. , January 2010. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Roberts, J. , January 2015. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition

Ryan, L. , January 2010. Nutrition Research

Söhle, J. , 2009. Nutrition & Metabolism

Starbucks: "Explore Our Menu." 

Tea Association of the U.S.: "Tea Fact Sheet."

Uchiyama S. , March 2011. Nutrition

USDA: "National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 28."

Wang, H. , April 2010. Obesity

Zheng, E. , August 2016. Drug Safety

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 14, 2018

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