Drinking coffee curbs the appetite and helps stave off hunger pangs while you are fasting. The latest research also suggests compounds in coffee may have anti-obesity properties.
After analyzing the data from the National Health and Nutrition examination survey, researchers observed the connection between coffee consumption and overall body fat in women:
- Body fat percentage was 2.8% lower, among women of all ages, who consumed 2-3 cups of coffee a day.
- For women aged between 20-44, who drank 2-3 cups of coffee a day had 3.4% lower body fat compared to non-coffee drinkers.
- Women aged 45-69 who drank 4 or more cups of coffee, had a body fat percentage of 4.1% lower than those who did not drink coffee at all.
Even with decaffeinated coffee, the results remained consistent. The association wasn’t affected by whether those were smokers or suffered from chronic diseases.
In men, however, the relationship was hardly distinguishable. For instance, men aged 20-44 who drank 2-3 cups per day had 1.3% less total fat and 1.8% less abdominal fat, compared to those who didn’t consume coffee.
Senior author, Dr. Lee Smith said “Our research suggests that there may be bioactive compounds in coffee other than caffeine that regulate weight. 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.”