EGCG, a compound found in green tea best known
for its antioxidant and cardio-protective effects, may reduce the
tendency to overeat that can result from a high-fat diet.
A research team in Singapore came to this conclusion after distributing lab mice among three diet groups. The mice in one group ate normal mouse chow, while the others ate a high-fat diet for either one week or three months. Animals in all three groups were given EGCG.
EGCG supplementation didn’t affect feeding
behavior in the first group but did constrain daytime overconsumption
in the two high-fat diet groups, noting that EGCG altered expression of
“key appetite-regulating genes.”
Study results were published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research.