You don’t hear as much about high fructose corn syrup these days. A few years ago, it was on the tip of everyone’s tongue.
Hardly a day went by without news about the damage it was doing to our health hitting the airwaves.
But the shock wore off. Mainstream media has moved on.
Here’s the thing, however. This sweetener is still every bit as dangerous as it ever was.
Food manufacturers are still dumping HFCS into our food supply. It’s still hiding in everything from salad dressings to bread.
And it’s still playing a major role in our rising obesity, insulin resistance and heart disease rates.
And then there are the unhealthy fats. The typical American diet is far too high in omega-6 fatty acids, and far too low in omega-3s. We need both, but there needs to be a better balance.
Damaging transfats and inflammation-linked vegetable oils are contributing to obesity, insulin resistance and memory problems.
In other words, too much fructose and bad fats are making us fat, sick and forgetful.
But an exciting new animal study may have found a solution.
Green tea helps with weight loss
Researchers say an ingredient found in common green tea could fight the flab and memory problems before they even begin.1
The green tea extract epigallocatechin-3 gallate, or EGCG, helped prevent memory problems, insulin resistance and obesity in mice.
And this isn’t the first time green tea has shown potential to help us manage our weight.
Research has already found green tea can help us fight the battle of the bulge. In one study, exercisers who took a green tea extract and then exercised burned 17 percent more fat.2
And other studies suggest the tea can boost our metabolism, so we burn extra calories even when we’re not doing anything at all.3,4,5
But the new study gives us even more evidence of the benefits of developing a green tea habit.
Green tea may protect against a damaging diet
For the new study, published in The FASEB Journal, researchers divided the mice into three groups.
Researchers fed group one regular mouse chow. Group two ate a high fat and high fructose diet (HFFD). And group three got a HFFD diet with two grams of EGCG.
After sixteen weeks the weight of the mice eating the HFFD had ballooned.
But the bad news for the pudgy rodents didn’t end there. They also took significantly longer to complete cognitive and memory tests than the lucky mice which got the green tea extract.
In other words, the EGCG shielded the critters from the damage that the high fructose and fat diet would have caused.
According to the researchers, the green tea extract can improve memory impairment, brain insulin resistance and obesity.
We need more research to see how these results apply to people, of course. But we already know that green tea comes with a bunch of other benefits, including weight loss. So there’s no need to wait around for that research to be completed.
Adding more green tea to your daily routine is a good first step. But for true protection against the damage of high fructose and bad fats, you might want to consider a supplement too.