Green tea has been found to leave drinkers fuller for longer, according to Swedish research.
Scientists in Sweden found sipping Japanese sencha, a type of green tea, straight after eating will helped to keep participants full for up to two hours.
Drunk immediately after lunch, and this means mid-afternoon cravings could be stopped in their tracks.
Not only that, but the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found green tea boosts metabolism.
The catechins in green tea are responsible for the boost, and also increase calorie burn by up to four per cent.
And those who eat a high protein, low carb diet may also want to add a cup of the green stuff to their menu.
The cholesterol levels in red meat are high, but a Chinese study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine discovered the antioxidants in green tea lower harmful LDL cholesterol and reduce risks of a heart attack by 11 per cent.
There have also been studies performed on overweight people to see how drinking green tea would effect their waistline.
Researchers were surprised to find big shifts in weight for those who drank green tea regularly.
Moderately overweight people where given two drinks each a day.
For one group all were placebos, the other had one serving of green tea while the other had two.
Scientists who carried out the research, in Shanghai, China, found: “We observed a decrease in estimated intra-abdominal fat in the GT3 group,” or the group with two servings of green tea.
“In addition, we found decreases of 1.9 cm in waist circumference and 1.2 kg body weight.”
The study did not include any other changes in diet or exercise.
A similar study that aimed to measure the effects of green tea on overweight Thai patients found the same thing.
“We conclude that green tea can reduce body weight in obese Thai subjects by increasing energy expenditure and fat oxidation,” the Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, at Khon Kaen University found.
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