General Health · Nutrition

Tea Time: Get Your Green On

Screen Shot 2013-10-04 at 6.27.58 PMWeight loss, brain health, and increased bone strength are a few of the many benefits of drinking green tea. Green tea is a powerhouse of antioxidants that is great for your body, served both hot and cold.

Just to make sure we’re all on the same page – antioxidants protect your cells against damage potentially caused by free radicals. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food, which can cause heart problems, cancer, and other diseases.

In green tea, the most beneficial group of antioxidants for humans is flavonoids, which contain a particularly potent antioxidant called catechins. Since green tea does not go through a fermentation process it contains significantly higher levels of catechins than that of black and oolong tea. In fact, the amount of antioxidants (240—320 mg catechins) in one average serving of green tea is nearly double the amount of the antioxidant capacity in one serving of black tea.

Given green tea’s incredible nutritional value, it should come at no surprise that on any given day, around half of the American population drinks tea – that’s nearly 160 million people!

Luckily for us tea lovers, the tea industry in the United States is constantly growing and innovating to bring delicious flavors and pre-made teas to the market. Karen Scanlon, Syracuse dietician and nutritionist, recommends a variety of green teas for all price ranges and taste preferences:

 Alvita – “affordable, yet very high quality,” says Scanlon.

Try: Alvita Organic Green Tea, $5.99

 

Republic of Tea – “really great tea, but a little more expensive.”

Try: The Republic of Tea Double Green Matcha Tea, $11.99

 

Yogi Tea – “has a cult following.”

Try: Yogi Tea Green Tea, $4.99

 

Traditional Medicinals – “sold in all major supermarkets and pharmacies”

Try: Traditional Medicinals Green Tea with Ginger, $4.99

 

By Arielle Franklin

 

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2 thoughts on “Tea Time: Get Your Green On

  1. Whenever I drink tea I have trouble choosing which type I want. Now that I understand the benefits of green tea it will always be my first choice! I look forward to trying Karen’s suggestions

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