by Alane Archer, ND, CNC
“I’ll take mine black, please?”
When you wake up on a chilly fall morning, what’s the first thing you reach for to cut the chill? There’s little that warms body and soul quite like a hot drink. But new research is showing that what you choose to put in your mug may have a significant impact not just on how warm you feel, but on how good you feel, as well. For the health conscious, the hot new drink (get it?) isn’t coffee, but rather black tea. It turns out; black tea may promote weight loss and other health indicators.
Here’s the scoop: researchers at UCLA recently showed that black tea alters bacteria levels and in the gut. In the study, published in the European Journal of Nutrition, they found that, in mice, black tea alters the amounts of bacteria in the intestines and the kind. After consuming black tea, the percentage of bacteria associated with obesity went down. Meanwhile, bacteria linked to lean body mass increased. That change has a huge implication for overall health. The findings suggest that black tea acts as a pre-biotic, which nourishes good bacteria, and may help those wish to lose weight and enjoy the other health benefits of good gut health.
The research means black tea may be right up there with garlic, sauerkraut, probiotics, onions, dandelion greens, and bananas as a natural protection for the good stuff living in your gut. So the next time that barista or waitress asks what you want in your mug, drop the coffee and tell her you’ll take black tea!
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