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Chinese diet teas have long been used by many people for weight loss. Many companies
have manufactured and distributed Chinese tea labeled “Chinese diet tea” for those
looking to drop pounds fast since tea is really low in calories (about 4 calories
per serving), and the caffeine in tea is said to be strong enough to boost metabolism
and help burn more calories.
The polyphenols found in tea is also believed to help in the digestion of fat, thereby
making Chinese tea an ideal beverage for fat burning.
Whether the tea is called Chinese diet tea, fasting tea, slimming tea, super dieter’s
tea or weight loss tea, they all mean the same thing – drink this tea and you will
So, are diet teas dangerous or safe for weight loss? Do they have side effects?
Many health experts agree that it is the plant based laxative that actually results
in temporary weight loss by making you go to the toilet more often. Many studies
have shown that the laxative-induced diarrhea does not significantly reduce absorption
of calories as laxatives don’t work in the small intestines, where the calories are
absorbed. Laxatives works on the colon, which is the lower end of the bowel. So when
you stop drinking the tea, you’ll probably gain the weight back.
Moreover, when the Chinese diet tea is steeped longer than the recommended time,
it can result in both short term and long term side effects. It is especially true
when the tea is consumed more than the recommended amount.
Also, dieters who drink Chinese slimming tea for the first time are more likely to
experience stomach cramps, vomiting, nausea, or diarrhea which will last for several
days. When the slimming tea is consumed constantly over a long period of time, laxative
dependency may develop with bouts of chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain as well as
Additionally, it can also cause fainting, dehydration and serious electrolyte disorders.
In the worst case scenario, diet tea can even cause death when consumed in excessive
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is particularly concerned about laxative teas
as well as slimming supplements that contain one or more of these substances – aloe,
senna, rhubarb root, buckthorn, castor oil, and cascara. Although these “plant-derived
natural” products are generally considered to be safe and gentle, they should only
be used occasionally.
Because of these health concerns, the FDA is now considering requiring all “Chinese
diet teas” manufacturers to put warning labels on their products. If you want to
use Chinese diet teas for weight loss purposes, always read and follow the recommended
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