Whether you look for an instant weight loss solution or beating the blues, GREEN TEA is the best of a bad bunch.
We can’t deny that tea is one of the most popular beverages globally, and green tea is no exception to it. Be it the early morning or evening, tea is needed as an energy booster. However, in the past few years, green tea has become immensely popular as the world is drifting towards a healthy lifestyle in general.
With all the hype about the green tea benefits, a series of misconceptions about this popular beverage also exists. I began my research about green tea when my mother was diagnosed with a fatty liver. We went to a renowned hepatologist in Peshawar, who asked her to take the green tea. When I searched for it, I was amazed by all the information available over the internet.
Everything I read about green tea, added to my confusion. I had a hard time figuring out facts and fictions and I’m sharing them below. If you are also going through a similar confusion, I suggest you read the following piece of information.
Common Myths about Green Tea
Myth # 1
Green tea is a magic weight loss solution
It is often said that having to drink tea 2-3 times a day can help you lose weight faster. But let me burst the bubble as green tea isn’t an effective weight loss solution. Well, I’ve got the reasons to say this. Let me explain why!
When it comes to weight loss, not adding or removing a single nutrient in your diet can help you with weight loss. Weight loss completely depends upon your overall calorie intake. Nutritionally speaking, green tea contains catechins (an antioxidant) that can alter the fat distribution in the body. However, the sole consumption of green tea without monitoring your calorie intake can’t help you lose weight.
Myth # 2
Green tea is bad for your oral health
Another popular belief about green tea is that it can stain or result in teeth grinding if used in a routine. Further, the consumption of green tea is also associated with the risk of oral cancer previously. However, the actual finding didn’t support the claim. Instead, due to the anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties of green tea, it is considered good for our oral health.
Myth # 3
Green tea has anti-ageing properties
Green tea is commonly referred to as an anti-ageing substance because of the antioxidants present in it. However, this popular myth isn’t supported by the studies. Despite all the other benefits of green tea and a fair share of antioxidants in its composition, green tea still can’t play its role to stop the process of ageing in the human body.
Myth # 4
Decaffeinated green tea comes without caffeine
Decaffeinated green tea is another common misconception regarding the use of green tea. No matter how processed green tea is, it still contains caffeine. In other words, there is no such procedure that can completely remove caffeine from green tea.
Myth # 5
You can immediately boost your metabolism with green tea
Another popular green tea myth is that it can magically boost your body’s metabolism. Although green tea contains several healthy ingredients in it, it can’t boost your metabolism. However, it can work together with exercise and other activities to give a push to your metabolism.
Myth # 6
Unlimited consumption of green tea isn’t harmful
No matter how good any substance is, but an excess of anything can be bad for you. Apart from the beneficial nutritional composition, the excess of green tea (more than 2-3 cups a day) can result in various health problems including diarrhoea, nausea, heartburn, etc.
I remember my friend who is a doctor at Kuwait teaching hospital was telling about one of her patients who was suffering from anaemia. On studying it was found that she was over-consuming green tea to a dangerous extent.
Myth # 7
You can add milk to your green tea
Milk is often added to enhance the taste of green tea or even simple tea. However, you will be disappointed to know that it can take away the health benefits of green tea. The casein (a protein) present in milk can hinder the activity of good components (anti-oxidants) of green tea.
I think you are quite clear about the myths and facts about green tea. Green tea can help manage your glucose level and blood pressure and even help other activities boost metabolism. But make sure your consumption isn’t exceeding the safe limits.
So, enjoy your cup of green tea now and don’t forget to add a few lemons drops to it (to enjoy maximum benefits).