I started drinking green tea a few years ago. It takes a bit of getting used to at first – it tastes slightly bitter and can form a powdery disgusting flavour if you leave the teabag (or leaves) in the water to stew for too long. Now I drink about 3-4 cups every day and adore it.
Benefits of green tea include:
• It can help to suppress appetite (great for people who’re looking to shed a few pounds). In 1999 The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published the results of a study at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. It was discovered that people who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract burned more calories than those given only caffeine.
• It helps prevent strokes and rheumatoid arthritis.
• Green tea contains lots of antioxidants which can prevent the growth of cancer cells, lower cholesterol levels and limit the formation of blood clots.
• It can help prevent tooth decay by eradicating bacteria in the mouth. It always makes my mouth feel fresh!
I fully urge you to give it a go if any of the above benefits interest you. The only negative effects (that I know of) are that it tastes weird to begin with and that it contains caffeine – so if you drink a lot it might keep you up at night. On the other hand, it contains less caffeine than coffee.
Give it a try and let me know what you think @weeatthings