Drinking coffee stops women piling on the pounds, study reveals – The Sun

DRINKING coffee stops women piling on the pounds, a study suggests.

It contains compounds with anti-obesity properties, researchers think.

Women who drank two or three cups a day were found to have 2.8 per cent less body fat.

Those aged 20 to 44 had 3.4 per cent less belly fat and 45 to 69-year-olds on four or more cups had 4.1 per cent less.

Findings were the same for regular or decaf.
Dr Lee Smith, of East Anglia’s Anglia Ruskin University, said: “There may be bioactive compounds in coffee that regulate weight.”

Study senior author Dr Lee Smith said: "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.
"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."

Dr Smith added: "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."

The findings, based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey organised by the Centre for Disease Control in the US, were published in The Journal of Nutrition.

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