Long-Term Green Tea Extract Supplementation Does Not Affect Fat Absorption, Resting Energy Expenditure, and Body Composition in Adults

P.L.H.R. Janssens*, R. Hursel, M.S. Westerterp-Plantenga

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BACKGROUND: Green tea (GT) extract may play a role in body weight regulation. Suggested mechanisms are decreased fat absorption and increased energy expenditure. OBJECTIVE: We examined whether GT supplementation for 12 wk has beneficial effects on weight control via a reduction in dietary lipid absorption as well as an increase in resting energy expenditure (REE). METHODS: Sixty Caucasian men and women [BMI (in kg/m2): 18-25 or >25; age: 18-50 y] were included in a randomized placebo-controlled design in which fecal energy content (FEC), fecal fat content (FFC), resting energy expenditure, respiratory quotient (RQ), body composition, and physical activity were measured twice (baseline vs. week 12). For 12 wk, subjects consumed either GT (>0.56 g/d epigallocatechin gallate + 0.28-0.45 g/d caffeine) or placebo capsules. Before the measurements, subjects recorded energy intake for 4 consecutive days and collected feces for 3 consecutive days. RESULTS: No significant differences between groups and no significant changes over time were observed for the measured variables. Overall means +/- SDs were 7.2 +/- 3.8 g/d, 6.1 +/- 1.2 MJ/d, 67.3 +/- 14.3 kg, and 29.8 +/- 8.6% for FFC, REE, body weight, and body fat percentage, respectively.Conclusion: GT supplementation for 12 wk in 60 men and women did not have a significant effect on FEC, FFC, REE, RQ, and body composition. This trial was registered at clinicaltrials.gov as NCT01556321.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)864-870
JournalJournal of Nutrition
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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