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Drink Special: The Benefits of Green Tea

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Green tea is the staple drink-choice throughout Asian restaurants. Although studies have been done for decades on the benefits of green tea, recent studies have conducted the benefits of green tea, being better than we could’ve imagine. The biggest benefits…its potential to fight cancer and heart disease. Studies also have shown green tea’s role in lowering cholesterol, burning fat, preventing diabetes and stroke.

Catechins, also known as green tea’s antioxidants, scavenge for free radicals that can damage DNA. These antioxidants are also found in grapes, berries, red wine and dark chocolate.

I know it would be great if one cup of green tea gave our bodies the nutrients and health benefits it has the potential to give us, but not every single cup has the benefits that research has shown.

Weight loss is another factor influenced by green tea. Green tea and its extract have been shown to fight obesity and lower LDL. LDL can also be referred to as “bad” cholesterol.

Because of the proof that green tea can potentially help weight loss, supplements after supplements have been bombarding the supermarket shelves trying to be as convincing to the consumer audience as possible. However, as some supplements aren’t bad for your body, some aren’t even approved by the FDA and need to be taken with warning. Studies show that the best way to get the health benefits is to drink the tea versus anything supplemented.

Green tea is a beverage that has been around forever, but lately the research findings have made it a more popular drink than ever before. Green tea comes in caffeinated and decaffeinated and can easily be drunk at any meal or any time throughout the day. The beauty of green tea is that the benefits are in hot and cold green tea, allowing us to incorporate it some how in our daily diets and never get sick of it! There are many tea brands that sell standard green tea.

And if you’re an Asian cuisine lover, be sure to always order the green tea. It fills the body with nutrients; inevitably making you eat less at dinner and having a sugarless beverage to sip on!

By Carly Goldstein

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