Green tea has been touted as the healthiest beverage on the planet, and has researchers in the medical and nutritional community raving about its positive effects. One of the main benefits is the catechins green tea contains. These antioxidants prevent and fight off cell damage, and the amount in your cup of green tea is about 10 times the amount in many fruits and veggies. There is also evidence that green tea improves blood flow and lowers cholesterol.
In China, and most of Asia, green tea has been used as a medicine for a long, long time. The key to green tea is in the way it’s processed. Green tea is not fermented like
black tea, so it maintains more of its original flavor and the qualities that make it awesome for wellness. Truly, the lists announcing the benefits of green tea are all over, from weight loss magazines, medical research websites, and hip lifestyle blogs.
I drink green tea, yet I’ll admit that I don’t particularly love the taste. It’s one of those things that I do because I am a believer in all of the benefits and so I see it as a wellness habit that will go a long way. I have to remind myself not to overload it with agave, honey, or other type of sweetener, so, if you’re like me and doing it for your health, remember to not negate the good by loading up with the bad (sugar). After all, it doesn’t taste that bad, and it has caffeine, so if you need that afternoon pick-me-up, this could be a nice substitute for your high-calorie coffee drink.
It’s tea-time at Team Better, and we’ll all be better for it.