Green tea is widely known as a healthy beverage and has received much interest around its role in weight loss. Most experts agree that an important factor in weight loss is managing what you put into your body. A 100ml serving of green tea contains approximately 1 calorie when enjoyed without sugar. Green tea also has no fat content, making it a popular replacement for sugary drinks.
In addition to being calorie friendly, green tea also has thermogenic properties that promote metabolism and energy expenditure. A cup of warm green tea in the morning can increase body temperature to kick-start your metabolism and help burn those calories consumed through the day. After a meal, green tea can also help with food break down food and assists with keeping digestion on track. In contrast, it is thought that cold drinks after meals harden the oil in consumed foods, which produces a fat deposit in the intestine thereby hindering digestion.
Green tea also contains some caffeine content and is a suitable afternoon beverage for those with caffeine sensitivity. Caffeine is also a well-known stimulant that has been shown to increase basal metabolic rate and aid fat oxidation.
Green tea is also famed for its antioxidant properties. These qualities are attributed to a generous amount of naturally occurring micronutrients known as polyphenols. Polyphenols in tea include catechins, which make up 1-8% of the dried mass of tea leaves. The dehydration method used in the processing of green tea produces higher polyphenol content in the leaves compared to other tea families.
Polyphenols help protect the body against degenerative diseases caused by oxidative stress. Daily consumption of green tea can increase polyphenol content in the body and strengthen the amount available in the body to fight environmental stressors. Researchers suggest that this may help prevent the effects of aging and assist in fighting cancer and cardiovascular disease. In addition, a meta-analysis conducted in 2009 found that catechins present in tea had a slight positive effect on weight loss and weight management.
Green tea is indeed an ideal low calorie beverage packed with anti-oxidants. Combined with regular exercise and a healthy diet, the addition of green tea supports your weight loss goals by encouraging metabolism and fat oxidation.
Tea Store has produced our own tea since 1918. This means we strictly control cultivation methods in order to produce the finest quality tea leaves. Four generations later, our tea farmers are backed by years of experience and an eye for quality. Our signature green tea blends are also perfected in house. Ask us for a sample today!