Coffee as a potencial anti-obesity tool for women

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Women who drink two or more cups of coffee a day have lower fat levels.

The Woman Post | Samy Pineda

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A new review study published in The Journal of Nutrition found that women that consume frequent coffee are associated with a decrease in excess body fat compared to those who do not drink it. It also highlights that women are most favored by reporting lower percentages of fat than men.

According to the research, women who drank two or three cups of coffee a day with an age range of 20 to 44 years showed lower levels of body fat, representing 3.4% less compared to women who did not drink coffee. The group that included ages between 45 and 69 years old that consumed four cups or more had a 4.1% less adiposity, according to the results of this work.

On average, and without considering age, women who consumed two or three cups of coffee a day had 2.8% less body fat or adiposity, compared to others who did not drink it.

To arrive at this conclusion, whose objective was to analyze the relationship between daily consumption of caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee and the adiposity in the body of men and women, they used DXA as a method to measure total body fat and at the abdominal level. This analysis was based on "data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey obtained by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that collected information on the number of cups of coffee that respondents drank per day and compared it to the percentage of abdominal fat", as mentioned by Webconsultas, a health and wellness magazine in a research-based article.

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In the group of American adults who participated, whose ages ranged from 20 to 69 years, there were both men and women. However, among the men analyzed, the relationship between the percentage of fat and coffee consumption was not as significant. The study showed that those who were 20 to 44 years old and who consumed two or three cups a day, obtained 1.3% less total fat and 1.8% less abdominal fat compared to those who did not drink it.

Webconsultas shares that "The finding of this relationship suggests that there could be bioactive compounds in coffee, in addition to caffeine, that would contribute regulate body weight and could become a potential anti-obesity tool", as explained by Dr. Lee Smith, the study's lead author.

According to the Spanish website El Auténtico Café, the consumption of this drink is growing every day, increasing by 95% in the last 35 years, reaching a worldwide figure of almost 10 billion kilos of coffee per year and the United States is the largest importer of coffee in the world. In the northern country, a single person consumes 4.1 kilograms of coffee per year.