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Green Tea: How to fully reap the benefits of green tea consumption

I for one love green tea. I’m not sure if it’s because I necessarily love the taste or because it’s been ingrained in my head that it’s so good for you because it contains antioxidants and prevents all sorts of health problems. On an average day, I drink about two cups (full sized coffee mug ones..not the little asian tea cups ha-ha). At first I  used to drink it with sugar but I’ve eliminated the sugar as well because it takes about three sugar packets to get the tea to taste sweet..and with all that sugar, I shouldn’t even drink tea! You get used to the bitter taste tho (just like how people get used to coffee and start drinking it black….blech!!!).  Green tea is the tea that has the most antioxidants and polyphenols that play an important role in preventing cancer by inhibiting and killing the grown of cancerous cells.

And the way I look at it too is, mostly everyone in the work force drinks coffee in the morning to get their day started. That coffee usually includes milk and sugar (or anything else fattening that’s added to make it taste..not like coffee!). You don’t want to get addicted to drinking this type of coffee every day, with all that milk and sugar…so drink green tea ..or any other tea, because you’re gonna need caffeine in one way or the other..and through tea is the healthiest way that i’ve found! (unless you can drink coffee black..but yech, i can’t get used to it). ..and you certainly don’t want to rely on energy drinks every morning which are awful for you and offer no benefits whatsoever besides a quick source of energy that’s short lived.

So green tea is good for you, but the reason that I really wrote this article is to much are you exactly supposed to drink and in what way?!?

  1. Drink your green tea with lemon–  Catechins in green tea are not stable in non acidic environments such as your intestines and roughly only twenty percent of the catechins remain after digestion.  However, if you add a bit of lemon juice or just throw in a slice of lemon like I do, this citrus acid enables more of the antioxidants found in green tea to remain after digestion. A whopping 80 percent left!  Click here for more info.      
  2. Aim to drink 5 cups (120 ml per cup) :


I’ve included the below picture for reference to tea cup size:

Drink up and enjoy! 🙂


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This entry was posted on October 14, 2012 by in Food and tagged , , , , , , .
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