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Does Black Tea Burn Fat?

By Amber Ham

Next to water, tea is the most frequently consumed beverage worldwide, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This long-time kitchen staple has recently drawn the attention of researchers seeking to validate the health boosting and fat burning properties of tea. Thought not praised as highly as its green tea counterpart, black tea is comprised of a number of components that can boost your body's natural fat burning power.

Tea as a Stimulant

Like coffee, black tea contains caffeine, which acts to stimulate your central nervous system. Drinking tea daily can boost your metabolism by 12 percent, equaling about 100 to 200 or more additional calories burned each day from simply enjoying a cup of black tea, according to "Prevention" health magazine. So, if you're looking to tea as a helpful method of weight management, don't opt for decaffeinated varieties.


Green teas aren't the only varieties with powerful antioxidant powers. The U.S.D.A. has found that black tea contains more complex flavonoids called thearubigins and theaflavins, which help boost your immune system. A healthy and highly functioning immune system is essential to your body's metabolic processes. If your body is busy fighting off illness or disease due to a weakened immune system, your fat burning power can be diminished, according to "Prevention" health magazine.

Metabolic Effects

Physiologist and U.S.D.A. Researcher, William Rumpler, notes that his study indicates that in the observation of subjects who consumed tea versus those who consumed only water, fat oxidation was significantly higher, by about 12 percent, in those who drank tea. Research is still underway to determine the exact weight management benefits of tea, according to Rumpler, as there were some discrepancies in determining exactly what else in the makeup of tea contributed to weight loss among some participants.

Organic Black Tea

Pesticides used to treat food products in the field can cause your body's natural fat burning power to decrease, according to research published in "Prevention." This Canadian-based study further indicates that dieters who consumed the most pollutants from pesticides experienced an above average dip in metabolism as they lost weight. This may be because the pollutants are stored in fat cells and may interfere with your body's natural energy-burning processes. Additional research published in "Prevention" points to pesticides as a possible trigger for weight gain. Be sure to check the packaging to ensure that your tea is grown and processed organically to get the most fat-burning power from each cup.

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