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Caffeine Intake May Limit Risk Factors For Obesity and Weight gain

Caffeine is a natural source found in tea, chocolate, and coffee, which helps a person to stay alert and prevent tiredness. This new study suggests that it may use as a source to lower obesity and body fats.

This study in rats shows that the absorbance of caffeine can cause some results that are not healthy due to the diet with high fats that cause weight gain. Scientists performed an experiment at the University of Illinois. In this experiment, scientists gave the rats a high fat and high sugar diet while some rodents were given with caffeine that was extracted from mate tea and some were given with mate tea from which caffeine wasn’t extracted.

The results they got from the experiment showed that the rats that were given with caffeine, extracted from mate tea gained less weight and less body fat than those that were fed with decaffeinated mate tea. They gained 16 percent less weight and 22 percent less body fat. When scientists studied rats’ cells then they came to know that the effects of caffeine appear because caffeine can alter the expression of some genes.

This study is published in the Journal of Functional Foods and it is available online to view.

Elvira Gonzalez, Director and author of Nutritional Sciences at the university finds that the results gained from the experiment help us to know that both caffeine and mate tea can be used as a source to prevent obesity.

Scientists divided the rats into six groups and each group was fed with one of these caffeine’s that are mate tea having caffeine, synthetic caffeine, caffeine that was extracted from mate tea, caffeine that was extracted from coffee and the caffeine from which caffeine wasn’t extracted. The amount of caffeine fed to rats was equal to the amount of four cups of coffee that humans take per day.

Scientists waited for 28 days and then they found that the rats fed with caffeinated source had less body fat than those rats that were fed with no caffeinated source.

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Mate is obtained from the leaves of Ilex paraguariensis St. Hilaire, a tree, found in South Africa and some other countries. Mate is a protective drink against diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular problems. That’s whys it is a more popular drink than coffee or black tea.

Caffeine reduces the lipid storage in the body by altering some of the expression of certain genes that codes for two enzymes and reduce their expression by a certain amount, fatty acid synthase (FASN) and lipoprotein lipase (LPL). FASN can form long-chain fatty acids while LPL plays an important role in breaking the triglycerides. Caffeine reduced the regulation of LPL and FASN in rats that became the cause of low cholesterol and less body weight in rats.

Overweight and obesity are the cause of many health risk factors in the human body like cardiometabolic diseases, type 2 diabetes, and fatty liver diseases.

This research is helpful in a way that provides some useful strategies to prevent weight gain, obesity, and related diseases by understanding the role of caffeine in the diet. Studies like these would inspire more scientists to study the medicinal role of caffeine and other plant-based ingredients that may help to find treatments for many diseases.


Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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