A study released this week by a Japanese research group has shown that drinking tea may have a significant impact when trying to lose weight. Previous research had shown that this was in fact true but the new study actually found out why exactly tea helps with weight loss. Researchers confirmed that many popular types of tea are very rich in compounds that significantly reduce the ability of your body to absorb fat.
Unfortunately the study also confirmed that these positive results are not guaranteed in all cases. Combining things with the tea greatly reduce the health effects and in many cases may actually lead to a decrease in weight loss. Primarily sugar and milk are the biggest problems; obviously sugar is a bad choice because it is not considered healthy. Adding milk is also a bad idea because the proteins in milk completely neutralize any benefits you may gain by drinking the tea.
Obviously it is very good news that researchers have once again found a potential source that may be useful in combating obesity. Unfortunately the fact that over 90% of people mix tea with sugar or milk means that in general very few people are likely to gain anything from the tea they are drinking.
At this point a second set of tests is planned with different types of teas to find which are more beneficial to the drinkers. Japanese and European research teams are hoping that at some point they may be able to extract the beneficial compounds from the tea to make some unique weight loss supplements of some sort.