In recent years, green tea has been seen as something of a wonder potion, rumored to do everything from freshen your breath to even improve brain function…. these are some big claims! With so many questions surrounding the brew - does green tea burn fat? Or even, is green tea bad for you? – here is the low down on what’s really what when it comes to green tea.
WHAT IS GREEN TEA GOOD FOR? FIND OUT WITH THESE FAQS
Does green tea contain caffeine?
Green tea does contain caffeine, typically at a lower volume relative to coffee, so it’s a good option if you want a pick-me-up alternative to your go-to morning cappuccino. Exactly how much caffeine is in green tea depends on a number of variables, including the blend and how long you brew the tea for. You can learn more about caffeine and green tea here.
What is green tea good for?
Green tea is just the tea to complement an active, healthy lifestyle. For one thing, it’s rich in flavonoids – also found in cocoa, fruit, vegetables and other foods. A diet rich in flavonoids is generally associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and Lipton Pure Green Tea is a potential source—just one cup packs 150mg, compared with 3mg in a cup of cooked broccoli. Daily consumption of 2-3 cups of unsweetened brewed tea provides between 200-500mg of flavonoids – which may help support a healthy heart as part of a diet consistent with dietary guidelines.Thirsty? The first ingredient in tea is water, which is needed by your body to run at its best. Tea is 99.5% water making it just as hydrating and refreshing as water.1But you don’t need to drink tea to reap the rewards - green tea has also been used as a dehumidifier, carpet cleaner and odor eliminator.2 Green tea is increasingly popular in creams, moisturisers and other beauty products – you can even find green tea in face and hair masks these days - it’s truly a tea of many uses.
When to drink green tea?
You can enjoy green tea any time of day but remember it does contain caffeine so don’t consume excessive amounts and switch to a caffeine-free tea a few hours before bedtime to ensure a good night’s rest. Our recommended times for a cup are:
As your morning get-up-and-go
As your afternoon pick-me-up
When you’re craving a delicious brew!
How to make green tea
The secret to perfect green tea is not to pour scalding water on those delicate health-giving leaves. While Lipton Green tea doesn’t need a fancy tea ceremony, it does benefit from a little TLC. Here’s how we do it:
Boil a kettle, then let the water cool for a couple of minutes.
Pour it lovingly over your Lipton Green Tea bag
Let the tea infuse for up to 2 minutes to retain all the lovely nutrients and keep your tea a vibrant green color. Any longer, and your tea might lose its delicate taste and become a little bitter.
Find our step-by-step guide and video on brewing the perfect green tea here. Enjoy it as it comes, or with a slice of lemon, or even sweeten with a little honey. If you’re looking for a green tea fix on a summer’s day, stick your freshly-brewed tea in the fridge for a few hours, before serving it over ice with lemon slices for a cooling green brew. Find Lipton recipe inspiration here.
Is green tea good for weight loss?
Tea, including green tea, when consumed without milk, sugar or honey, contains no calories. It can help you with your goals by keeping you well hydrated and ready to face the day. So calorie-free green tea may help with weight management, especially when used in place of sweetened beverages – making it just the accompaniment to your healthy lifestyle!
Is green tea good for a cold?
A hot drink can be a huge comfort when you’re under the weather. Green tea in particular has been traditionally used for colds and flus and there are plenty of options to explore! Try a cup of Lipton Green Tea with Pure Matcha to get you through those tougher days.
1 Ruxton CH and Hart VA. Black tea is not significantly different from water in the maintenance of normal hydration in human subjects: results from a randomized controlled trial. Br J Nutr, 106(4): 588-95, 2011. 2 http://ecosalon.com/20-unusual-uses-for-green-tea/