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Is Controversial Green Tea Good for You?

Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

Green tea is a flavorful way to use an ancient beverage to enhance your life from prevention to restoration. It gets its name and character from being fired and prepared before the black tea leaves (Camellia sinensis plant) are oxidized. Green tea is prepared by steaming and pan-frying these leaves and then drying them. This process creates a milder tea than black or other teas. It is nearly 99.9% water, but the 00.1% packs a punch.

Many attribute green tea to amazing health benefits such as:

  • Reduced cholesterol
  • Weight loss
  • Better brain function
  • Fighting Cancer

Depending on your research, you will find incredible support for its use in a healthy lifestyle. From warding off cancer to balancing digestion, it may do some pretty amazing things. Chinese medical providers used it to regulate organs, improve digestion, and heal wounds. Even though disputed, ancient wisdom is always worth heeding.

Can Green Tea Help with Weight Loss?

Green tea can help you lose weight. Several studies have suggested that the flavonoids and caffeine in green tea can help elevate metabolic rate, increase fat oxidation and even improve insulin activity. One study showed that those who consumed green tea and caffeine lost an average of 2.9 pounds during a 12-week period, while sticking to their regular diet. Another study suggested the increase in calorie output was equal to about 100 calories over a 24-hour period.

HealthyWomen’s article: How to Drink Green Tea for Weight Loss

Filled with antioxidants and has caffeine (see quote below), it can help keep your energy up and fight off free radicals in your bloodstream. However, too much of a good thing can be too much. Drinking it in large quantities may affect organs or cause other issues. Use moderation when drinking it or try one of these six ideas to enhance its benefit further. Get ready to be hungry and inspired.

  • Mix it in your oatmeal – Mix green tea powder into your morning oatmeal for a sweet and flavorful way to start the day.
  • Make a smoothie – Load your blender with nutritious fruits and veggies and add some green tea to boost your energy.
  • Make a compound butter – Infuse green tea leaves or powder into fresh butter to use on muffins, bread, or pancakes.
  • Pour over rice and meat like a soup- Infuse green tea into hot broth or water and pour over a ramen or rice bowl. Add your favorite meats and veggies for a delicious soup.
  • Ice cream – Green tea ice cream and frozen yogurt are readily available at your grocer.
  • Cookies – Cookies, cakes, and other baked treats are amazing flavored with it.

Like all tea, green tea is a preference and is as good as any other style of tea. Your taste and the effects you want from the choice of tea are all that matter. Enjoy it, knowing you are ingesting an excellent resource for your body. Play around with different styles of green tea and determine which regions of the world and infusions of flavors you prefer.

Does Green Tea Have Caffeine?

Although there is caffeine in green tea, it contains less caffeine than black tea, and in turn black tea has a lot less caffeine than coffee. Whilst green tea gives you a small caffeine boost, it creates a gentler and steadier source of stimulation which apparently can aid concentration.

Can Green Tea Cure What Ails You?

If you are wanting to reduce your caffeine intact, this tea would be a good choice for you. Whether you enjoy it hot, iced or served in a food product, there are unlimited ways to enjoy the effects and the flavor of green tea. I love unsweetened hot green tea made in my Keurig. Experiment and share your favorite ideas with the ones you love.

Healthline has a really good article on its health benefits – 10 Evidenced Based Benefits of Green Tea.

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