Research suggests that having an abundance of certain bacteria may encourage obesity by affecting food cravings, inflammation, and even how many calories are extracted from the same foods! Other bacteria seem to predispose people to having a lean body. Taking antibiotics and being born via C-section affect your microbiome, but your daily diet does, too, including your beverages. In a recent study on mice, both green and black tea shifted the balance of bacteria in favor of those linked to being slender. Human research is needed, but if you enjoy tea, there’s no need to wait. As for what to eat for a healthy microbiome, whole plant foods like fresh veggies, fruit, legumes, and grains encourage beneficial bacteria (“probiotics”) to multiply — as does minimizing processed foods, added sugar, and meat.
Source: Decaffeinated green and black tea polyphenols decrease weight gain and alter microbiome populations and function in diet-induced obese mice.
“Tea makes everything better”. Bindi Irwin