It’s time to clear up some of those green tea myths!
For the past few years, we’ve all heard about green tea and its multiple health benefits. While some are backed by research, there are times that the truth gets exaggerated a bit, leading to people believing everything they hear about green tea. We’re here to get to the bottom of these myths and clear up any confusion.
Myth: Green tea can only be consumed hot
Most people believe that green tea should be consumed hot to get the most benefits. There is absolutely no truth to this. An iced glass of green tea has the same amount of antioxidants and metabolism enhancing properties as a cup of warm green tea. Just be sure to use a brew made from high-quality whole tea leaves and stay away from the excessive sugar that is added to any iced tea by making yours without it. Now don’t let the summer deter you from getting your daily green tea fix! Try Glow hibiscus infused green tea and Light green tea blended with fennel and star anise for some delicious iced tea.
Myth: Green Tea is bitter
Unfortunately the first brush with green tea for most people is in the form of poor quality ‘tea dust’ packaged in mass-produced bleach paper teabags. This experience literally leaves a bitter taste in most people’s mouths and they end up believing that all green tea is bitter. This actually could not be further from the truth.
Depending on the region, green tea leaves can have a taste profile that ranges from vegetal to even slightly sweet! The primary difference is the quality of tea used and method of preparation. A green tea made from high-quality whole tea leaves and brewed at a water temperature which is just under boiling for 2-3 minutes will never result in a bitter brew but in fact leave you with a taste that will have you addicted in no time.
Myth: Green tea is a substitute for water
While it is safe to drink a few cups of green tea a day, it cannot be used as a substitute for your entire water consumption for the day. 3-4 cups of green tea is perfect for getting all the desired benefits yet not overdoing it. Green tea has a number of benefits, however consuming too much can lead to poor iron absorption, while leaving you dehydrated thanks to its caffeine content. So make sure that green tea only makes up a part of your fluid intake and is not a substitute.
Myth: Green tea helps to instantly lose weight
It’s true that green tea helps with weight loss, but it is not a miracle brew that works instantly. Green tea helps boost your metabolism, as it contains active antioxidant compounds called catechins. Think of green tea as more of a boost to your weight management efforts than the entire solution to it. Adding green tea to your weight loss exercise regime and a healthy diet will result in better results as compared to without it.
Myth: Green tea makes me look younger in no time
The effects of green tea on our skin can be seen over time and not in isolation. A rich source of antioxidants, regularly sipping on green tea can help to reduce the number of free radicals in our body. The better the quality of tea used, the higher the antioxidants. These free radicals are responsible for the appearance of fine lines and other age related signs. However, if you do not take care of your skin and protect it from sun exposure and excessive pollution, you are less likely to see changes. Applying green tea topically can give faster results. So go ahead and make a green tea facemask at home.
Green tea is a great addition to one’s lifestyle to fight of a host of urban lifestyle related ailments and live a healthy and energetic life. Like all things natural, its impact is long term and can be seen over a period of time and not overnight.