White Tea: Fat Fighter?
Sipping a cup of tea might help you slim down. According to German researchers, white tea-the early buds of the Camellia sinensis plant, the leaves of which are turned into green, black, and oolong teas-may have beneficial effects on fat cells.
In a series of experiments on human fat cells, reported in the May issue of the journal Nutrition & Metabolism, researchers found that extracts of white tea hindered the formation of new fat cells by decreasing gene expression and helped existing cells break down the fat they contain. The study's authors say outcome may be a result of the tea's antioxidant ingredients, like epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG. They hope that, in the future, the drink may be used as a natural weight-loss substance to counteract the obesity epidemic.
If you've never sipped a cup of white tea, you're in for a surprise. The brew is much milder than black or even green tea. The flavor of the resulting liquid can be too subtle for some, so if you find it bland pick a tea that includes fruity notes from pears, raspberries, or tangerines. And to best enjoy the light flavor, steep the leaves in almost-boiling water-anything hotter can burn the leaves.
Finding the perfect tea is in large part trial and error. But you can make your search less stressful by following the tips here.