This was a terrific article! It provided quite a bit of explanation, examples, and reasoning in concise, but not dumbed-down, terms. I read it while drinking my morning cup of Guayaki green tea, which I began after reading David Servan-Schreiber's "Anticancer: A New Way of Life" a few years ago.
My most recent favorite green tea is Stash Chai Green. Lovely flavors! To me green tea is a little bland by itself, so it benefits from spices and fruits and other nice flavors. I drink it because I like it, and the potential health benefits are just an added bonus.
8/1/2012 1:30:45 PM
i think the "weight loss' bit comes from people replacing say, soda, pop, pepsi, coke.. with green tea. Then it helps you loose as you're not consuming those high fructose / sugar calories. Unsweetened teas of any kind, indeed water, would help you loose weight in that reguard.
I am afraid that I must correct the author. I have worked in the tea industry for five years and there are very FEW if any instances where one should be steeping ANY tea for 6-10 minutes. Please, for the sake of the flavor, and of the tea, and of your taste buds, read the packaging! Or consider a quick reference chart, such as this one from Teavana: http://www.teavana.com/Assets/Img/tea/tesb rewing_eng.jpg (I have no association to Teavana.)
6/24/2012 4:57:26 AM
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Great article, very balanced. I really appreciate you pointing out the differences between promising leads in small studies not yet duplicated, and findings based on multiple studies that have been successfully replicated over large sample sizes. Thank you!
Green tea makes me feel awful. Just one mug and I was shaking and felt as if I had had twenty large mugs of coffee : Increased heart rate, sweats, nervousness. I checked the Mayo clinic's website and sure enough, it is a common affect of green tea. That's where I found that people taking coumadin (or warfarin) should check with their doctors about drinking green tea. My uncle loves green tea, but is on warfarin. Thank you for mentioning the possible bad, or side effects of green tea, and reminding people on medications to check with their physicians before getting too cozy with anything they ingest. Just because it is Natural, doesn't mean it is right for you! Thanks.
Very interesting! I personally prefer white tea because I find it tastes a lot more 'normal' than green tea, which is too overpowering and odd flavour for me. If I do have green tea, I often add jasmine tea leaves as well with the green tea leaves so it's more appetising. I was very surprised by the statements that green tea "can also decrease the absorption of iron and folic acid". i hoenstly did not know! As someone who has had anaemia before, I will make sure that I only have green tea between meals and never with a meal so that it doesn't stop me absorbing the iron. Thanks!
My new favorite green tea is Japanese Cherry from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. This tea is light and has just enough of the cherry flavor that no sweetner is needed. I find it really quenches a thirst as well. You can use 1 bag to make 2 pitchers as well!
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