Unless you’ve been locked in a closet, I’m sure you have heard that drinking green tea is good for you. Why it’s good for you might motivate you to actually make it a habit – especially if you are trying to lose weight. The evidence is still coming in, but the antioxidants called catechins, in all teas have been found to be helpful for everything from fighting cancer and heart disease, lowering cholesterol, preventing diabetes and strokes, to burning fat.
How often should you drink green tea?
The more the better (within reason, remember, there is caffeine in it), but if you are drinking it to help your diet along, then a cup every few hours is recommended because:
Green tea is another excellent choice when you’re looking for a little caffeine. Not only is it calorie-free, some research suggests green tea extract may stimulate weight loss through the action of phytochemicals. These are plant-based compounds that may temporarily cause the body to burn more calories and melt fat. The benefit appears to last only a few hours, so it may help to drink green tea at least twice a day. *(WebMD-see below)
What is the difference between green, black, white and oolong tea?
The Tea Man has a chart that shows how each tea is processed. Basically, they all come from the same tea leaf, but differ in the following ways:
White tea: simply steamed and dried
Green tea: withered, steamed, rolled and dried (some variations)
Oolong tea: withered, bruised, fermented briefly, pan fried and dried
Black tea: withered, rolled or cut, fully fermented, dried
Since green tea goes through much less processing the concentration of catechins and other healthful ingredients are higher. The ‘bioavailability’ of the healthy components in teas are limited to begin with, so the less they have to go through to start working in your body, the better. Quality does make a difference in how healthful that cup of tea is for you. So if you are buying it for health reasons, then look for the good stuff. Research using extract (pill form) is coming back very positive, also. (I buy the Green Tea Extract at Swanson for just $3.59/100 caps)
Read more here at Web MD about the health benefits of green tea and find TONS of great health information, videos, BMI charts, a food and fitness planner, and a diet evaluator. Worth the trip!
*the quote above was found on Web MD’s website in an article called ‘Skinny Sipping Slideshow’. Check it out and read what drinks will help you lose weight and which ones will NOT!