Those of us who love green tea love it primarily because it’s delicious. As I type these words, I’m enjoying a tall glass of iced green tea sweetened with just a little honey. Heavenly. Green tea lovers would love their exotic-tasting drink EVEN if it didn’t seem to have a gazillion and one health benefits.
Having said that, we silent little happy dances each time we read about new research praising the health benefits of green tea. And since green tea is the ninja of teas, we do a lot of dancing.
Get ready to bust out your favorite dance moves because here’s more praise for green tea! Researchers from Pennsylvania State University have found that a compound in green tea may combat obesity.
The recent study, which was published in Obesity, gave the following details: A control group of obese mice were fed Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which is, of course, a compound found in green tea. These same chubby little guys were fed a high fat diet. The obese mice gained weight at a 44 percent slower rate than those who were not given the compound, yet ate the same diet.
Are you ready to drink a lot of green tea? Good, because the study also revealed that in order to lose weight a person would be required to drink 10 cups of green tea each day to receive the same amount of EGCG used in the experiment. However, research has shown that people who enjoy just a few cups of green tea a day will see positive effects on body weight in comparison to those who do not drink green tea.
If you’re new to drinking green tea, I’ll let you in on a little secret: The more green tea you drink, the more you’ll want to drink. Honest. I can’t explain it, medically or in any way whatsoever, but when you begin to routinely drink green tea, your body will want more of it. You’ll soon find yourself drinking green tea more often than you do any other drink.
My daughter Emily (aka Crazy Tea Chick) and my husband Michael (father of Crazy Tea Chick) are prime examples. I fell in love with green tea several years ago. I wanted my family to start drinking it as well (remember, it’s the ninja of tea). Emily fell completely head over heels with one sip and has never looked back or slowed down her green tea consumption. Michael didn’t jump on the green wagon quite as fast (he’s always been a black tea fanatic… and there’s nothing wrong with that! I LOVE black tea as well.) However, once he had green tea with a few meals, he was hooked. Whenever I ask him what he wants to drink now, it’s always green tea.
The more you drink it, the more you’ll want to drink it.
Emily and Michael drink their green tea (whether hot or iced) without any sweetener or flavoring. I can drink it this way too, of course, but I prefer a little something with my tea. It’s not green tea’s fault – I put a little something in all tea (lemon, orange slice, a frozen peach, honey, or Stevia). I even put a little Stevia or Truvia in my coffee. I guess it all comes back to the fact that I don’t just have a sweet tooth, I have a head full of sweet teeth!
Experiment with green tea. It goes with a honey like peanut butter goes with jelly. It’s a beautiful match. Different fruit also adds extra flavor, but try to make sure you can still taste the green tea.
The I Love Green Tea t-shirt shown at the top is available online. Click HERE to take a closer look.