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Acta Cir Bras. 2017 May;32(5):342-349. doi: 10.1590/s0102-865020170050000003.

Effects of chronic consumption of green tea on weight and body fat distribution of Wistar rats evaluated by computed tomography.

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1
Master in Biomedicine, Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa da Santa Casa, Belo Horizonte-MG, Brazil. Technical procedures; acquisition, analysis and interpretation of data; statistical analysis.
2
Graduate student, Faculty of Medicine, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo HorizonteMG, Brazil. FAPEMIG scholarship. Acquisition; analysis and interpretation of data; manuscript preparation.
3
PhD, Biological Sciences, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas. Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UFMG, Belo Horizonte-MG, Brazil. Scientific and intellectual content of the study.
4
Physician, Assistant of Radiology, Hospital das Clínicas, UFMG, Belo Horizonte-MG, Brazil. Technical procedures; analysis, interpretation and acquisition of data.
5
PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Propedeutics, Faculty of Medicine, UFMG, Belo Horizonte-MG, Brazil. Conception and design of the study, critical revision.
6
PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, UFMG, and Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa da Santa Casa, Belo Horizonte-MG, Brazil. Analysis and interpretation of data, critical revision, final approval.

Abstract

Purpose: :

To evaluate the effects of chronic consumption of green tea on body weight and distribution of visceral fat by Computed tomography in female Wistar rats.

Methods: :

Wistar rats were divided into control group (n = 5), which received water and feed ad libitum, and green tea group (n = 8), in which water has been replaced by green tea. The animals were weighed weekly and Computed Tomography was used at the beginning (1st week) and end (18th week) of the experiment for evaluating the distribution of visceral fat. The animals were followed for 18 weeks.

Results: :

There was no significant difference in body weight between the groups. However, there was significant difference in visceral fat area. The green tea group had less visceral fat area at the end of the experiment, 3.67 ± 1.2 cm2, while the control group showed an area of 6.25 ± 2.2 cm (p = 0.00).

Conclusions: :

Chronic consumption of green tea leads to decreased visceral adipose tissue area.

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