Pouring hot water over tea leaves and allowing it to steep for a few minutes, depending on the variety, can brew some health benefits. We all know tea is a beverage that can make us feel better when we’re sick and promote feelings of relaxation when we’re under stress. But, do those benefits include potential weight loss? (If that’s your goal.)
All tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant, but the leaves are processed differently, which leads to the assortment of teas, including its colors and flavors, such as green tea, oolong, black, and white.
So, do some teas have potential for weight loss when accompanied by a reduced-calorie diet and exercise?
Find out down below and start sipping on its benefits.
Green tea: Contains compounds that may help weight loss
Green tea is thought to help with weight loss due to its high levels of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a compound tied to several health benefits. Green tea has naturally low levels of caffeine, but the combination of caffeine and EGCG may have a “small positive effect” when it comes to losing or maintaining weight, according to a 2009 meta-analysis of 11 studies in the International Journal of Obesity. Its lower caffeine levels, compared with black tea, make it easier to sip any time of day without having an effect on your sleep later that night. Impressed? Weight loss isn’t the only benefit of green tea—check out these other health benefits of green tea.