Could drinking coffee help to prevent obesity?
Many of us drink coffee for the energy hit – myself included – but now a study has revealed the popular beverage may have an additional health benefit.
Yep, in addition to being delicious, scientists from the University of Georgia are now claiming a chemical compound in the caffeinated drink could help to prevent obesity.
The compound, known as cholorgenic acid or CGA, was shown to prevent weight gain and reduce insulin resistance as well as the accumulation of fat in the livers of mice – despite them being fed a high-fat diet for 15 weeks.
Speaking to The Daily Mail, lead author Dr Yongjie Ma from the university's College of Pharmacy said the compound is “a powerful antioxidant that reduces inflammation”.
“A lot of evidence suggests that obesity-related diseases are caused by chronic inflammation, so if we can control that, we can hopefully offset some of the negative effects of excessive weight gain”.
For a refreshing alternative to a hot coffee in summer, I recommend 126.96.36.199 Iced Coffee Diet Protein Shake (which actually works to curb food cravings). Not a caffeine drinker? Well, though I think you’re missing out on one of life’s greatest pleasures, you can still get the benefits of CGA from a number of fruits and vegetables including apples, pears, tomatoes and blueberries.
If you’d rather get your caffeine kick elsewhere, you could try some of our favourite coffee-infused beauty products, including BIODROGA Alpha Energising Formula Refreshing Gel Concentrate, BioElixia® BodyShaper Cellulite Contour Crème and Avon Solutions Cellu Attack Intensive Cellulite Lotion, which all contain coffee extract.
Unfortunately, CGA alone is not a cure for obesity. Good portion control and plenty of exercise are still the best ways to maintain a healthy weight!
Would you drink coffee to help maintain your weight? Do you have any other good weight loss tips?
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