We all start every year full of the best intentions. We’re going to read more, we’re going to run every day, and we’re going to make the switch to healthier food and drinks. In this pandemic year, you’d be forgiven for slacking on some of those self-improvement commitments, because who hasn’t needed some guilty pleasures in 2020?
The good news is not only that 2021 is just around the corner, but that there are more reasons than ever to switch to green tea, or to switch back if you’ve found yourself back on the coffee train! The health benefits of green tea are as powerful as ever and there are plenty of delicious options, so let’s remind ourselves why it’s tea time!
Green Tea Is Good For You
Let’s not beat around the bush here: if you’re looking for a healthy hot drink, look no further. You know how some health foods appear out of nowhere and disappear just as quickly? Not this beverage. The green tea antioxidants pack a heck of a punch, and can help with a wide range of ailments and health conditions. It contains epigallocatechin-3-gallate (or EGCG), a catechin which helps prevent your body’s cells from being damaged.
The antioxidants in green tea may also help lower your risk of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and can help you lose weight. There’s even research to show it helps to improve brain function and your breath!
Green Tea Comes In Many Forms
Have you put off committing to green tea because you’re not a fan of the traditional hot drink? Well, there’s absolutely no reason why your flavor journey should begin and end with matcha. You can enjoy green tea in many different flavors, including peach green tea, raspberry and lemon. You can have it hot or iced as a cold brew green tea, and if you’re worried about caffeine, you can even pick a decaffeinated option. However, as we’ll explain in just a second, simply switching to green tea will make a huge difference on your caffeine intake. The benefits and taste will vary depending on the quality of the tea leaves, and you can read more about different ways to enjoy organic green tea at I.E. Green Tea, which gets its leaves from the Wuyi Mountain Range in southeastern China.
Green Tea Can Help You Cut Down On Caffeine
Green tea contains significantly less caffeine than its hot drink brethren. In an 8oz cup of green tea, you’d be looking at around 35mg of caffeine. As a comparison, in a cup of coffee of the same size, you would be taking in up to 173mg if it’s instant, and up to 200mg from a brewed cup. Black tea is a little better than coffee, but it can still contain up to 110mg. While there’s nothing wrong with a little caffeine, over-doing it can lead to headaches, a fast heartbeat and irritability as well as insomnia. A healthy lifestyle depends on balance and that’s what green tea is all about.