Green tea is not just your ordinary tea, it has so much more to offer, so many health benefits to provide and promote your overall health significantly. Green tea is most popular for its ability to boost your fat-burning metabolism and many studies have shown that people who work out and drink green tea can double their weight loss compared to people who just exercise.
But before you run off to your corner store and buy everything green tea flavored you should be aware that the only thing that provides the health benefits is the epigallocatechin antioxidant or EGCG which is only found in green tea, and isn’t contained in foods with green tea flavoring. This means that if you eat green tea ice cream or noodles you won’t boost your weight loss process, just green tea can do the trick.
This arises a bunch of new questions we haven’t thought about before. For example, what kind of green tea is most effective? Does the tea need to be prepared in a certain way to exploit its benefits? Is green tea extract effective as well? Keri Glassman, a nutrition expert and registered dietitian is here to answer all your questions about green tea and clear the misunderstandings.
Does flavored green tea have the same health benefits like regular green tea?
According to Glassman, flavored green teas should have the same benefits like regular, unflavored green tea. You’ve probably already tried the different varieties like pomegranate green tea, lemon green tea, cranberry green tea and so on and now you’re wondering if they’re effective. Glassman says they are as flavors should reduce the tea’s benefits but she warns that they do have a higher calorie count compared to the unflavored variety if there’s sugar in the flavorings. She says that we should avoid flavored green tea with added sugars and recommends Numi’s Jasmine Green Tea.
Are all brands equally beneficial?
Different brands use different quality leaves and have a different content of added ingredients, which means that brands do matter when it comes to green tea. You should look out for added preservatives and buy green tea that has only natural ingredients if you want to maximize its effect. Also, don’t add any sugar to the green tea as it can obstruct its health benefits and won’t give you the expected results. Traditional Medicinals and Yogi are among the brands that meet the abovementioned criteria and are good for consumption.
What about iced green tea?
Iced green tea is health beneficial as it’s the same green tea just cold and diluted in water. But even though it’s the same tea, a freshly prepared cup of warm green tea has the most health benefits and weight-loss boosting properties. The best way to enjoy this fat-burning beverage is to pour hot (not boiling) water over the green tea bag and let it steep for 3-4 minutes before consuming it warm.
Can green tea go bad?
Green tea can’t go bad or spoil per se, but it’s best if you use it as fresh as possible. Tea bags or powdered green tea is best consumed within 6 months, Glassman says, because as they get older they lose some of its benefits.
Is green tea extract equally beneficial?
If you’re not a fan of tea you can drink green tea extract diluted in water and gain the same benefits. According to Glassman, 1ml of green tea extract equals 8-10 cups of the tea but still these values may vary depending on the extract’s formula.
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