Here’s a good reason to enjoy your coffee – research has found that women who drink coffee have lower body fat…
Women who drink two or three cups of coffee a day have been found to have a lower total body and abdominal fat than those who drink fewer.
This is according to a new study published in The Journal of Nutrition.
Researchers examined data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in the United States and looked at the relationship between cups of coffee drunk per day, and both total body fat percentage and abdominal or ‘trunk’ fat (adiposity).
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They found that women aged 20-44 who drank two or three cups of coffee per day had the lowest levels of trunk fat 3,4% lower than people who did not consume coffee. Among women aged 45-69, those who drank four or more cups had a trunk fat percentage of 4,1% lower.
Overall, the average total body fat percentage was 2,8% lower among women of all ages who drank two or three cups of coffee per day.
In men, the relationship was less significant.
“Our research suggests that there may be bioactive compounds in coffee other than caffeine that regulate weight and which could potentially be used as anti-obesity compounds,” says Dr Lee Smith senior author of the study.
“It could be that coffee, or its effective ingredients could be integrated into a healthy diet strategy to reduce the burden of chronic conditions related to the obesity epidemic.
“It is important to interpret the findings of this study in light of its limitations – the study was at a specific point in time so trends cannot be established. However, we don’t believe that someone’s weight is likely to influence their coffee consumption.”
Source: Anglia Ruskin University www.sciencedaily.com