Myths and Facts of Green Tea

Green tea can help you lose weight.
The truth: If you’re a regular soda, juice, energy-drink or sweetened-coffee-and-tea drinker and you switch to unsweetened green tea: Absolutely! That’s because the number one source of added sugar is from sugar-sweetened beverages, so opting for a calorie-free alternative is always best. Green tea reduces risk of cancer.
The truth: The antioxidant-compounds found in green tea have certainly been touted with cancer-fighting properties — and research supports this in full!

Drinking Green tea burns belly fat.
The truth: Sadly, this one’s super-false. Any time you change your diet to start a new plan in which you burn more energy than you consume, you’ll likely “burn” off some additional fat mass

Green tea prevents heart disease.
The truth: people who frequently drink unsweetened green tea are less likely to develop cardiovascular disease later in life.

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.

Green tea is calming.
The truth: This depends on your definition of “calm.” Green tea is a source of the amino acid, L-theanine, a compound that’s linked to alertness and mood-enhancement. Research has linked l-theanine consumption to reduced anxiety and improved focus

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.

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