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The Truth About Green Tea

A Health Powerhouse or Mostly Hype?


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  • Wow, did not know that green tea may affect the absorbtion of iron! I must keep that in mind and not have it with meals then!! Other than that, I'm glad it does have some good effects and will keep on drinking it.
  • Glad I read this as I tried drinking it a few times but I just don't care for it. Kind of felt I should drink it for the health benefits but looks like I really don't have to drink it if I don't like it. ;)
  • I started drinking this last year, but I drink Decaf. Does that matter? Nothing was mentioned about decafinated green tea?!!??!
  • 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.
    The warning to drink no more than 5 cups a day, is that because of the caffeine? Very informative article! Thank you.
  • Interesting article. Thanks for the information. Especially in reference to iron absorption since I'm anemic and take iron supplements 3 times a day.
  • 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.
  • 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 love the fresh green teas. I just ordered sme 2012 pickings of Misty Green - its absolutely my favourite tea. Just drop a few leaves into a cup and brew. I also enjoy iced green tea with lemon.
    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:
    (I have no association to Teavana.)
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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!
    I like iced tea, green tea, and flavored teas, and I've only been drinking them because I like them, not because I thought there were some kind of superpowers. LOL

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