Caffeine benefits: Coffee lovers, here’s a good news for you before 2019 ends. A study has found that drinking 4 cups of coffee in a day during the festive season can prevent weight gain even after eating unhealthy fats and sugar. Scientists from the University of Illinois found that caffeine intake can limit weight gain and production of cholesterol, despite having a diet which is high in fat and sugar. Caffeine was found to reduce absorption of fat by 22% and reduce weight gain by 16%.
As part of study, rats were fed moderate amount of carbs (between 40 to 45%) and protein (15%) for around four weeks. Alongside, the rats were give mate tea, which is a herbal beverage rich in phytochemicals, flavonoids and amino acids which are consumed as a stimulant in southeastern Latin America.
Caffeine in mate tea ranges from 65-130 mg as compared to 30-300 mg of caffeine in a cup of brewed coffee, the study said. However, regardless of the source of caffeine, it reduced the accumulation of lipids in fat cells by 20 to 41%.
Published in The Journal of Function Foods, the study concluded that beverages can be considered “anti-obesity” agents.