One thing is for sure – green tea has entered the mainstream diet. You’ll see it on cafe menus, at your favorite corner coffee spot, and even as an ice cream flavor!
So why is it so popular? Well for starters, green tea has those powerful antioxidants that we love to have in our diet. These antioxidants work to reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, which ultimately protect cells from damage. And these awesome antioxidants do all this to help prevent diseases forming in your body!
Green tea also gives your brain a boost that you just can’t get from coffee. Since it has L-theanine, this compound increases the activity of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA, which has anti-anxiety effects. It sounds a little complicated, but it’s all good for your brain which gets a little dopamine increase, giving you that extra boost!
But what about the caffeine in green tea? Is it the same as what you’re getting in your favorite latte or morning coffee?
While the amount of brewing time and type of leaves make a difference, green tea caffeine is usually less than black coffee. Depending on the brand, green tea ranges from 11 mg to 45 mg of caffeine in an 8 ounce cup. For comparison, a cup of coffee has about 100-150 mg of caffeine. While there are brands of green tea that offer a decaf version, most of the time you’ll be getting a little bit of caffeine in your tea cup.
And that’s not a bad thing! When this small bit of caffeine is combined with that L-theanine we mentioned earlier, it creates a mild and steady source of stimulation which can aid concentration. Perfect for those tough mornings at work! Also, this caffeine + antioxidant combo can also create a calming effect on your brain. Another thing we love about green tea – it boosts your metabolism, so it’s perfect for all of us who are watching our weight. We need all of the help we can get!
So the next time you’re reaching for your coffee beans or looking over the menu at your favorite cafe, give green tea a try! Iced, it’s a healthy alternative to a sugary soda, and hot, it’s perfect for warming up on a cold morning. Either way, you’ll be getting some great health benefits and keeping your weight loss plan on track! For more articles about how to maintain your weight and stay healthy, check out our blog at Viance.com.