Beneficial effects of catechin-rich green tea and inulin on the body composition of overweight adults

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Abstract

Green tea catechin has been proposed to have an anti-obesity effect. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether the effect of catechin-rich green tea in combination with inulin affects body weight and fat mass in obese and overweight adults. A total of thirty subjects were divided into a control group and an experimental group who received 650 ml tea or catechin-rich green tea plus inulin. A reduction of body weight ( 1·29 (sem 0·35) kg) and fat mass (0·82 (sem 0·27) kg) in the experimental group was found after 6 weeks, and no adverse effects were observed. After refraining from consumption for 2 weeks, sustained effects on body weight and fat mass were observed. We conclude that continuous intake of catechin-rich green tea in combination with inulin for at least 3 weeks may be beneficial for weight management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)749-754
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Nutrition
Volume107
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 14 2012

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Keywords

  • Body fat
  • Catechins
  • Green tea
  • Inulin
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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