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Green tea has been used in Asian medicinal practices for centuries, but how much do you know about the superfood? Read about the possible health benefits of green tea, which research suggests include weight loss, better digestion, and lower blood sugar.
Kelly Kennedy, RD
October 08, 2018
From weight loss to improved digestion, these are some of the possible benefits of green tea that research suggests.
Green tea is arguably one of the most famous superfoods out there, but how much do you know about what’s in your cup?
is made from the leaves of the
plant, just like all other nonherbal teas. Unlike black and oolong (wulong) teas, though, green tea is less processed, as it’s made using steam-dry methods. The delicate processing techniques are thought to be among the reasons why green tea is so rich in nutrients and antioxidants — all of which may lead to a range of health benefits. In fact, according to the
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
, green tea has been used in Chinese and Japanese medicine practices for centuries.
While you’ve probably heard a lot of chatter about the benefits of green tea, the NCCIH points out that much of the evidence isn’t conclusive, and more studies are needed.
New York City–based Megan Casper, RDN, owner of
, notes another key caveat: “Many studies of green tea use green tea extract, which can be much stronger than your average at-home brew.”
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The potential health benefits of green tea can also vary based on the brand you choose, as well as the way you make it, says Casper. “Hot tea [may] have more antioxidants, since iced tea usually uses [fewer] tea bags and is watered down,” she says, but “tea that is cold-brewed over the course of a few hours has similar amounts of antioxidants as hot tea.” Decaffeinated brands of green tea may also not pack as many benefits because processing can take away the antioxidants.
Newer to the scene and also being talked up for its potential benefits is
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