Is Green Tea Really A Magical Drink?

Green tea has become one of the most popular beverages in the world. Its use first began in China a long time ago. Slimming, prevention of cancer etc are some of its claimed benefits. Let’s see which of these are really true and which aren’t.

1. Green tea helps you lose weight 

This is the most common and most popular myth about green tea. In fact, it is also the most believed. Even the dieticians and nutritionists support drinking green tea, saying it helps you lose weight. So, you have to be very clear in this, green tea is no magic wand and therefore you won’t magically lose weight. However, it can help you kick-start your journey towards weight loss. It contains caffeine, which can naturally boost your metabolism. If you want green tea to work for you, you need to complement it with regular exercise and a healthy diet. There are so many companies out there selling diet teas. They claim to be a weight loss facilitator. Please remember, these are useless claims. These teas may contain some sort of weight loss stimulant but this is not a healthy way to lose weight. Stay as far away from them as you can.

2. There is no caffeine in green tea

This myth is like a two way road. People believe this myth in 2 ways. One, green tea has no caffeine in it, second, there is more caffeine in a cup of green tea when compared to a cup of coffee. But, what is the truth? Continue reading to know.

The truth is each and every type of green tea has a bit of caffeine in it. However, you can’t blame the brand of the green tea for this because caffeine is present in the plant itself. And another truth is green tea has far less amount of caffeine than coffee. 

3. There is no difference between green tea and black tea

There is a bit of truth in this myth because both of them are prepared from the leaves of the same plant called Camellia sinensis. However, different methods are used to prepare them. Consequently, both of them are not the same. In the case of black tea, first the leaves are picked and then oxidized. It results in a sweet flavor in the tea. Although it loses a bit of its potential in the process, this doesn’t make black tea inferior to green tea. There are some other factors also that go into the preparation of black tea. Therefore, it is tough to decide which one is better? More research has been conducted surrounding green tea, so it is easier to choose green tea as a healthy alternative.

4. Large quantities of green tea are harmless

You already know green tea naturally contains caffeine, so consuming it in large quantities isn’t the healthiest choice. It can negatively impact your health. You can drink green tea after every meal. This is a very healthy way of consuming green tea. In any case, never drink more than 6 cups in a day.

5. You add honey or milk in your green tea

Adding a sweetener to tea isn’t a healthy or wise thing to do. It’s more or less like adding cream to your coffee when you could have consumed it black. Try raw honey or natural stevia if you really want to add sweetener to your green tea. You should never add white refined sugar in your green tea. Milk contains a protein called Casein, which doesn’t react properly with the green tea’s antioxidants. Therefore, adding milk in your green tea means you eliminate the health benefits of it. So, it’s advisable to drink your green tea without milk or sweetener. 

6. All the green teas are the same

Most people think all green teas are the same, regardless of what their composition is or what their brand is. You should always remember there are differences in every green tea. Although tea is extracted from the shrub of the plant yet there are significant differences in different plants. There’re many brands which choose older, drier, and cheaper tea. Though, you can’t tell which brand’s tea is the best, but you can still tell which brands are using lower quality leaves. 

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