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How Healthy Is Green Tea, Really?

Our Nutrition Director weighs in on whether or not the super-drink is deserving of its health halo

Let's cut right to the chase: Here, we're debunking the most common myths — and exposing some important truths — about green tea's best attributes

Claim #1: Drinking Green tea burns belly fat

Claim #2: Green tea boosts metabolism

Claim #3: Green tea can help you lose weightFill the cooking pot with a couple inches of hot tap water and place on a burner.

Claim #4: Green tea reduces risk of cancer

Claim #5: Green tea prevents heart disease

Claim #6: Green tea is anti-aging

Claim #7: Green tea helps to lower blood sugar

The truth: If you're drinking unsweetened versions, then again, it's certainly a blood sugar-lowering beverage! But lately, I'm seeing green tea as an ingredient used in everything from sugary juices, "tonics" and "elixirs" to frozen yogurt, pasta sauce and dressings, which can be loaded with sugar

Claim #8: Green tea is caffeine-free

The truth: Not always, but some versions are Many people who find coffee-drinking to be a bit too much of a jolt may tolerate the lower caffeine content of tea much better (one cup of home-brewed coffee is about 100mg of caffeine; tea is between 25-50mg, depending on type and brew strength) If you're tea-totaling before you hit the hay, look for versions that are clearly labeled "caffeine free" on the front of the pack, or check Nutrition Facts labels closely for 0mg caffeine per serving

All of that being said: The USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest caffeinating at around 300-400mg per day from coffee and tea to reduce risk of cognitive decline, boost memory and improve energy — so for those who aren't as sensitive to the jolt, don't be afraid to drink up

Claim #9: Green tea is calming

Claim #10: Green tea is different from matcha

The truth: Think of matcha as being in the green tea "family" that undergoes a slightly different farming process, and is consumed in its powder-form (instead of whole-leaf form) which makes it a more concentrated version (and therefore, a higher caffeine/theanine version!) than green tea Since we're big fans of this trendy tea (and huge advocates for making it easier to drink unsweetened — but still delicious — beverages on the go!): We recommend trying the trend with GH Nutritionist Approved Emblem-holders, Panatea

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