Hello my lovely,
I must admit that when it comes to hot drinks I’m definitely not the biggest fan in fact, the only hot drink I ever indulge on with my major sweet tooth, is a full out hot chocolate with mountains of whipped cream and a generous amount of marshmallows. I just don’t seem to have hit the adult taste buds of liking coffee or tea and so I didn’t expect much when hearing the buzz over green tea.
If you haven’t heard of green tea, the word ‘green’ probably doesn’t come across as very appetising to you. I promise its not a kale and spinach smoothie. In reality, green tea doesn’t actually have much of a taste which I find weirdly comforting. Yes, its a bit strange as it literally just feels like your drinking hot water but when you take into account the benefits of green tea its for sure something anyone could neck down every once in a while.
So here are just some of the many proven benefits I’ve found online:
Burning Fat/Losing Weight
While this is a very controversial topic as it varies from person to person, green tea has been proven to boost metabolism and fat oxidation or fat burning. Some studies even showed that green tea decreases new blood formations within your fat stores meaning that it takes away the vital nutrients for your fat and essentially makes it die!
Protecting The Body Against Disease
Compared to your ordinary black tea, green tea is higher in protective polyphenols (to get technical) which act as powerful antioxidants known to protect the body against disease and a vital part of a healthy diet. Antioxidants can be found in a variety of fruit and vegetables but if you struggle to get your 5 a day like me, green tea is a great source for these.
Making You Feel More Energetic/Increasing Mood
Green tea surprisingly contains caffeine (as does most teas which I never knew) which is obviously a stimulant that has different effects that vary between each person but most people find increases in energy levels, mood and concentration. So why not just drink coffee? Well, green tea contains enough caffeine to act as stimulant but not enough for some of the backlash consequences of overloading the body with caffeine such as, disrupting your sleeping pattern and jitters (Green tea is more stable energy). In fact, one cup of green tea contains about 35-80mg of caffeine compared to 100-400mg in the same size cup of coffee. So if you want a less harsh way to get your caffeine high, green tea is a great option.
Lowering Cholesterol/Blood Pressure Levels
A review of 11 studies found that drinking a cup of green tea daily could help lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels however, most of the trials were short term and so the benefits may not last long term. Another review revealed that drinking green tea did lower cholesterol levels but the amount of green tea a person would have to drink to see a positive effect on their health is unclear and varies from person to person.
Stopping Bad Breath/Cavities
The nutrients in green tea known as Catechins are great at killing certain types of bacteria. Studies found that bacteria known to cause bad breath in your mouth were killed by drinking green tea. When you have less of this specific bacteria you also have less plaque so green tea actually reduces your risk of getting a cavity.
So get sipping that tea!
Until next time,
– S ☾
Disclaimer; The image is not mine.