Infused Water is one of the latest, most-popular and most-sought after topic of interest amongst health-freaks. It is a blend of fruits, vegetables, and herbs immersed in water. Numerous benefits have been reported on the web for infused water. It is claimed to be a detox-agent as well. It is also known to boost metabolism and naturally help body to release fat cells. Thus, it is used as an agent for weight loss. However, the claims on internet are not yet proved with any research results.
High School Science Club of ISG Dammam, planned to carry out this research work in school. The research study was conducted on two different age groups: 15-20 years and 40-50 years. The volunteers provided their approval for a two-week study through a consent form. Three different combinations of infused water were tested using different proportions of the ingredients which included cucumber, lemon, mint and green tea. The volunteers consumed 1.5 litres of infused water daily for two weeks. Control measurements were taken with the same amount of normal drinking water as well. Body weight and belly dimensions were measured as dependent variables.
A mean 2% of weight loss and reduction in belly dimensions was observed by the end of the study. These results reflected clearly that infused water can help in weight loss. A study for longer duration and with larger number of volunteers however, can provide statistically significant results. Surely, infused water is a healthy flavorful drink to keep our body hydrated and flush out toxins.
Study conducted by: Roba El-Zibaoui (Gr11), Nour Hachouche (Gr10), Armina Khan (Gr9), Kianaat Khan (Gr9), Kayla Aleeza (Gr9), Abeeha Abbas (Gr9)
Supervisor: Neha Pachisia