Having got off the mark for us last week Luke Coleman is back already, this time with an article on nutrition. Now I’m a black coffee with thee sugars kind of guy but apparently I should be switching to tea. And not your Jean Luc Picard Earl Grey either but green tea. Is he just being patriotic or is there a benefit to it?
If you are like me then as you read this you will most likely be sitting in front of your computer screen with a nice cup of tea or coffee in hand. Don’t feel guilty, today; tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, only second to water. Hundreds of millions of people around the world drink tea on a daily basis, and with good reason. Studies have shown that tea (especially green tea) has many health benefits.
The ancient Chinese people understood some of the medicinal effects of green tea and have been of great importance throughout their history. Green tea is made from unfermented leaves and reportedly contains the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants called polyphenols in comparison to the normal black tea that most of us drink.
So why drink green tea? Here are just a few reasons as to why to swap from black to green.
Drinking green tea inhibits the growth of certain cancer cells.
The high numbers of polyphenols reduce the risk of many cancers such as, breast, bladder, ovarian, pancreatic, lung, and prostate by neutralizing free radical cells within the body
Clinical studies have shown that drinking green tea can boost your metabolism and also increase fat oxidation (just think you could actually be losing weight as we speak with a nice cuppa). Also the fact that green tea is normally drank without milk means that you are also cutting down on your fat intact (one of the secrets weight watchers don’t let you in on)
Research shows that green tea lowers total cholesterol and raises HDL (“good”) cholesterol in both animals and people. One population-based clinical study found that men who drink green tea are more likely to have lower total cholesterol than those who do not drink green tea. Results from one animal study suggest that polyphenols in green tea may block the intestinal absorption of cholesterol and promote its excretion from the body. In another small study of male smokers, researchers found that green tea significantly reduced blood levels of harmful LDL cholesterol.
Yes believe it or not green tea has also some research to support drinking it regularly may actually prevent tooth decay. Research shows that this is achieved by killing the bacteria which causes dental plaque (for all you runners worried about gels and energy drinks destroying them pearly whites
As green tea contains roughly one eighth of the amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee, by simply substituting you decrease the chances of insomnia and nausea associated with high caffeine intake
So the next time you are making nice brew remember you could be drinking your way to a better all round lifestyle.
Also if the taste is not to your liking try adding small bit of lemon to take the kick out of it.