For all those people who can’t make it through their day without multiple cups of coffee, a new study suggests that the extra caffeine could help with weight loss.
The study from University of Illinois scientists analyzed the impact of caffeine on rats.
Over the course of four weeks, rats were given caffeine extracted from mate tea, synthetic caffeine or coffee. The rats ate a diet that contained of 40% fat, 45% carbohydrate and 15% protein and had caffeine equivalent to four cups of coffee.
According to the findings, the rats gained 16% less weight and accumulated 22% less body fat than decaffeinated alternatives.
The authors of the study wrote that the findings “suggests that caffeine may offset some of the negative effects of an obesogenic diet by reducing the storage of lipids in fat cells and limiting weight gain and the production of triglycerides.”
“Considering the findings, mate tea and caffeine can be considered anti-obesity agents,” said Elvira Gonzalez de Mejia, a co-author of the study and director of the division of nutritional sciences at the University of Illinois. “The results of this research could be scaled to humans to understand the roles of mate tea and caffeine as potential strategies to prevent overweight and obesity, as well as the subsequent metabolic disorders associated with these conditions.”