Green tea has many potential health benefits everyone should know about. It has also been shown to boost your metabolic rate and increase fat burning which can aid your weight loss efforts.
Did you know that tea is the most frequently consumed beverage in the world after water, and the fourth most frequently consumed beverage in the United States?
There are four main types of tea produced from one kind of a tea plant, depending on how the tea leaves are processed. These teas are white, green, Oolong, and black. Green tea makes up around 20% of tea production worldwide.
Benefits of Green Tea
- Research shows that green tea has a variety of potential health benefits. These benefits include anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties, as well as benefits in cardiovascular disease.
- There are some very consistent studies that show reduced cancer risk for breast, cardiac, colorectal, esophageal, gastric, lung, ovarian, pancreatic, and prostate cancers. In fact, a recent study showed a relationship between breast cancer risk and tea consumption, with the risk being highest in the groups that did not consume tea and lowest in the groups that consumed the most cups per day.
- Just having a moderate amount of green tea (which is 1–2 cups of tea per day) may have benefits. In fact, an 8 ounce mug of green tea has 0 calories and 0 carbs. It has about ¼ of the amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee. But what it’s packed with is a bunch of pretty potent amounts of polyphenols, which is a type of antioxidants.
- Some research suggests that green tea may even boost metabolic rate and increase fat burning. There is also some evidence that it may improve insulin sensitivity and as a result have a beneficial effect on blood sugar control.
- Green tea is also something you can drink when doing intermittent fasting, it can actually help curb some of the hunger.
Dr. Trupti Patel does caution, “keep in mind that some of the claims you may hear of surrounding green tea and its health benefits may be exaggerated, and more studies are definitely needed.”
But remember, green tea has been around for thousands of years and has been used for medicinal purposes in many cultures. It is without doubt a healthy beverage choice, especially compared to sodas and other sugar-rich drinks. If you enjoy a cup of green tea, then by all means, include it in your daily routine.
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