Drink More Tea, Lose More Body Fat?

It’s a good bet that the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Dormouse didn’t have to worry about body-fat composition, considering all the tea drinking they did in “Alice in Wonderland.”

Taiwanese researchers report that people who habitually drink tea have less body fat and lower hip-to-waist ratios than do infrequent tea drinkers.

The researchers studied 1,103 subjects who completed structured questionnaires concerning tea consumption and other lifestyle characteristics.

The body-fat percentage of those who had been habitual tea drinkers for more than 10 years was 19.6 percent lower than that of non-habitual tea drinkers, and their hip-to-waist ratio was 2.1 percent lower.

-Obesity Research, September 2003

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