The awareness of tea is growing on a huge extent and I am asked about it number of times, so thought of writing an article about it so that even my readers can get some information. Tea contains flavonoids which have antioxidant properties and help prevent from free radical damage which is the cause for many chronic diseases. Benefits of drinking tea are numerous. Lowering blood pressure levels, prevention from certain cancers and many more.
It has been observed that people drink sweetened tea more as compared to unsweetened tea which makes me understand that even though people are getting the benefits of drinking tea they are also getting loads of calories from sweetened tea which in one way nullifies the effect of drinking tea.
Benefits of drinking green tea:
Green tea stands out for its effect on lowering cholesterol, prevent rheumatoid arthritis, prevent cancer, boost immune system, makes skin better and more. Research on green tea has shown an improvement in people suffering from intestinal inflammation as well.
Benefits of drinking black tea:
Black tea prevents oxidation of LDL (bad cholesterol) thereby preventing the damage to blood vessels and lowering the risk of heart disease; prevent cancer, improves skin, increase energy, improves immune system and more. Tannins in black tea help reduce the intestinal activity thereby creating an antidiarrhoeal effect.
Which tea is better? Black or Green?
Both are good. Tea is made from the leaves and leaf buds of the plant named Camellia Sinensis. The difference between tea is in the process they undergo after the leaves are plucked from the trees. Black tea undergoes more oxidation than green tea. Therefore, researchers were opining that green tea is better as it has EGCG which is lost in oxidation process for black tea. Researchers have therefore assumed that drinking black tea has fewer benefits as compared to green tea.
But recent research shows that the compound EGCG is converted to other compounds in black tea during the process of oxidation and black tea contains theaflavins and thearubigens which help to lower bad cholesterol thereby reducing the risk of stroke and heart attack.
Thus, both teas provide health benefits. Now lets look if there is any difference is in their caffeine content. Caffeine in black tea is double or more than that in green tea due to the fermentation process that black tea undergoes during its preparation. Higher the fermentation, higher is the caffeine content.
So, if you are looking for an alternative to cut your caffeine, green tea is better but from the standpoint of health benefits both are equal. If you enjoy both black and green tea, keep alternating and let your body get the benefits from both.
Does green tea help in burning belly fat?
Certain researches have shown that green tea helps to reduce belly fat in people who work out regularly. I would not suggest to solely rely on it for your belly fat loss. If you do not workout and expect belly fat loss by drinking green tea, it is highly impossible.
Both black and green tea have their own benefits. If you are looking to reduce your caffeine intake, then green tea is a good alternative (not as best as leaving caffeine completely). There are also different flavors and decaf teas available in the market, you just need to make a choice. Confused? Leave it to your taste buds to decide and go by what makes you feel better.
How much tea should you drink?
Moderation is the key to everything. Having 2-3 cups of tea in a day is okay but mind you, I am not talking about adding any sugar or milk to the tea here.
Making healthier choices is in your hand. You just have to unwire that brain and wire it in a different way, the way you want it.