Dina Khader on the health benefits of green tea
The health benefits of green tea come from the anti-oxidants it contains. It helps to prevent heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and is great for weight loss. Green tea suppresses appetite.
Green tea also has a thermogenic effect. It raises the body temperature and therefore you burn more calories if you drink it regularly. It’s a great addition to any weight loss program.
The best way to brew green tea is to have the water just under boiling. This way you release the most anti-oxidants. Dump the tea bag into the water. The less time you let the bag steep, the less caffeine you get. If you are sensitive to caffeine, let it steep less than 3 minutes. If you boil the water, you get more caffeine in your tea.
Buy certified organic green tea in unbleached teabags. The commercial green teas are heavily sprayed with herbicides and pesticides, which can’t be removed.
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