Can anyone please explain to me why Japanese green tea is not the most popular beverage on the planet? The health benefits have been studied, documented and disseminated far and wide, yet there are still people out there who are not drinking the stuff.
In case there is anyone who is still not aware of all the good stuff green tea can do for you, let me list the 8 biggest things it can do for you:
1. It contains polyphenols, which act as antioxidants and rid the body of free radicals which cause aging and disease;
2. It contains caffeine, which perks you up and improves brain function;
3. It increases metabolism and helps you lose weight;
4. The antioxidants lower your risk of cancer;
5. The catechins in green tea can protect your neurons, which is thought to lower the risk of diseases like Parkinsons and Alzheimers;
6. It kills bacteria which lowers the risk of strep, as well as making your breath fresher;
7. It lowers insulin sensitivity and can lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes;
8. It lowers cholesterol;
Again with the science, but there are lots and lots of studies which show that populations of people who consume green tea regularly suffer far less from the diseases mentioned above than people who don’t. Ask your doctor the next time you see him.
I think the main reason that people don’t drink more is that they think they don’t like the taste. To be fair, I used to be the same. I don’t like the way the Japanese drink it, plain and hot in little cups. But, if you taste it side by side, made exactly the same way, with regular tea, the taste is almost identical. So, the secret to drinking more green tea is to treat it exactly like regular tea. If you like it sweet, add sweetener. If you like tea the British way, add milk and sugar to green tea. It comes iced, flavored, pre-made, and in bags. In other words, you can get it in all the same ways as you can regular tea. My personal favorite is a diet ginger ale made from green tea.
So, go ahead and make the switch from regular to green tea – get one here. Your body and your health will thank you.