Green Tea benefits us in several ways and protects us from various health issues. Green Tea is famous all over the world and is the only beverage which has umpteen advantages. It offers tremendous health benefits but it also comes with its share of myths around it. There is a lot of false information about green tea spreading amongst people. It is important to debunk these common myths around it. Well, look no further. We are here to bust these misconceptions and get to the bottom of these myths!
Myth #1: Green tea helps in weight loss.
It is a generalized claim as people assume that green tea will help them to reduce weight. However, the fact is that it doesn’t trim your fat magically. For reducing weight, you needs to make the right food choices and add physical activity to your daily regime. What green tea does instead is stabilize your metabolism so that the intake of green tea reinforces your already existing weight loss plan. You cannot lose weight by green tea alone!
Myth #2: Green tea prevents cancer.
When we read about the benefits of green tea, we often come across the idea how green tea ‘prevents cancer’, and that a regular intake of green tea cannot lead to cancer, and ‘doesn’t promote cancer’. But the information has been misunderstood. Green tea is rich in antioxidants which helps to prevent cancer but it does not mean that a person consuming green tea regularly cannot suffer from cancer. For example, if a person who consumes 2-3 cups of green tea regularly and at the same time is a chain smoker can have the probability of suffering from cancer as the tobacco content in his body is so high that green tea is unable to prevent it.
Myth #3: Green tea and black tea are different.
Another misconception that people have about green tea is that green tea and black tea come from two different plants. The truth is that they both grow on the same plant. The difference lies in their colour, aroma, flavour and health benefits. These vary due to the difference in their processing techniques. Green tea has a different preparation process than black tea.
Myth #4: Green tea does not have caffeine.
Another common and widespread myth is that green tea is free of caffeine. Here’s the straightforward truth: no tea can be completely devoid of caffeine. Though the amount of caffeine present in green tea is very less as compared to regular tea and coffee, yet there is a small amount of caffeine present in every green tea that is available in the market.
Myth #5: Green tea may cause dehydration.
A very common misconception is that since caffeine causes dehydration, all the beverages with caffeine including green tea are a major source of dehydration in the body. It is time to debunk this myth with some science. Caffeine leads to dehydration only when it’s taken in a raw form or in an extremely high quantity. Firstly, green tea has a very minimal amount of caffeine present in it. Second, we consume green tea with water which simply replaces the fluid in our body.
Myth #6: Excessive intake of green tea.
Since green tea is filled with several health benefits, people increase their intake of green tea consumption without taking into consideration that too much of the drink can be unhealthy too. What they fail to realize is that too much of anything is not good for the body. Green tea consist of caffeine and polyphenols and a higher than normal intake can increase both of these in your body. This may lead to various side effects. Excessive caffeine can cause tremors while excessive polyphenols can lead to indigestion. Therefore, it is advisable not to have more than 3 cups of green tea in a day.
Even though green tea is a great way to avoid those extra calories, but our advice is to be wise and enjoy your cuppa green tea, but not too much!