LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
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In a nutshell, I would say "yes".
Fats (or lipids) are stored in very large molecules, that are really only good for insulation or taking up space. Fat oxidation (better called 'beta oxidation') is the body's way of breaking down these large molecules into smaller molecules that it can use for energy (specifically breaking 'triglycerides' into 'free fatty acids'). That's really all you need to know. If you want to get really in depth, do a little research on the body's 'energy pathways', but be warned it gets pretty complicated. It is most definitely a good thing; just a name for a normal process in your body. The 'amount' of it going on in your body at a given time varies constantly, depending on how much energy your body needs.
I can't say whether or not Green Tea will make beta oxidation work any better, or improve your metabolism (burn more calories while resting, etc), but it definitely won't hurt you. Hope that helped.
UBC Human Kinetics undergrad.
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