It’s a pale liquid that appears deceptively weak, given it packs a real punch, kicking your fat-fighting metabolism into high gear. And while research has shown that exercisers who drink green tea lose twice as much weight as those who don’t, several questions about its potency remain unanswered – like are flavoured green teas as beneficial as the regular one, or does it have to be consumed hot or cold?
Here are four things you need to know about green tea:
Flavours don’t impact its benefits
Tulsi, lemon, honey, chamomile…green tea is available in different flavours, and experts reckon these additions have no impact on its fat-busting properties. However, if the flavouring includes sugar, it may contain more calories than unflavored teas. So avoid green teas with any added sugar or artificial sweeteners.
The brand of tea matters
There is no standard green tea – there are differences in the quality of tea leaves and the number of additional, unnecessary ingredients. Apart from checking for sugar, be sure to shop for brands that use all natural ingredients and have no artificial preservatives.
Hot green tea is best for weight loss
Iced green tea, popular in the summer months, is often diluted with water. Which is why it’s important to remember that its weight-loss benefits are maximized when served hot. Don’t let the water come to a full boil. Instead, pour the water over the tea bag right before it boils (the point where tiny bubbles begin to form). Then, let the tea steep for about 2 to 4 minutes.
The fresher the better
Green tea won’t spoil, but don’t stock up on a year’s supplies as it’s best had fresh. If you are using loose tea or tea bags, make sure you finish your supply within six months or the tea will lose some of its antioxidant powers.
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