Water vs Green Tea

Calories and Carbs

calories Green tea and coconut water contain similar amounts of calories – green tea has 1 calories per 100 grams and coconut water has 18 calories. For macronutrient ratios, coconut water is much lighter in protein, much heavier in carbs and similar to green tea for fat. Coconut water has a macronutrient ratio of 5:95:0 and for green tea, 100:0:0 for protein, carbohydrates and fat from calories. Macro Ratios from Calories: Coconut Water Green Tea Protein 5% 100% Carbohydrates 95% ~ Fat ~ ~ Alcohol ~ ~

carbohydrates Both coconut water and green tea are low in carbohydrates – coconut water has 4.2g of total carbs per 100 grams and green tea does not contain significant amounts.

sugar Green tea has less sugar than coconut water – coconut water has 3.9g of sugar per 100 grams and green tea does not contain significant amounts.

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What Can Happen When You Switch?

It all comes down to the caffeine. If you’re switching from green tea to coffee, you might notice you’re a little more jittery than usual. But switching from coffee to tea might give you symptoms of caffeine withdrawal. According to the Cleveland Clinic, cutting yourself off cold turkey can bring on headache, fatigue, concentration issues, muscle pain and even flu-like nausea. Withdrawal can last up to nine days; the more caffeine you’re used to consuming, the more severe the withdrawal can be. Since we’re talking about switching from coffee to green tea, you won’t be totally cut off from caffeine. Just try gradually reducing your intake (or substituting coffee with tea or decaf coffee) for a few days until you feel no symptoms.

If caffeine is still an issue even when you’ve switched to drinking mostly tea, think about switching to decaffeinated tea or coffee. Removing the caffeine and its effects from the equation actually sort of levels the playing field for both beverages. But you should know: Decaffeinated tea and coffee may not be as beneficial, because the decaffeinating process strips the drinks of some of their antioxidants. So, just decide what’s best for you based on the reason why you drink coffee or green tea in the first place: the energy boost, the health benefits or the routine itself.

Black Tea Benefits

Theaflavins are a group of polyphenols that are unique to black tea. These are actually formed in the fermentation process and are responsible for some of black tea’s unique health benefits, including protection from free radicals, which can damage DNA and lead to serious diseases such as cancer.

Free radicals also damage the heart and blood vessels and contribute to heart disease. These theaflavins can help lower harmful triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and plaque formation in the blood vessels which all contribute to heart disease and inflammation. Theaflavins in black tea also help to lower blood sugar, stimulate insulin and prevent diabetes.

Theaflavins can also help to increase nitric oxide, a valuable substance in the body which helps to dilate blood vessels, lower blood pressure and increase athletic performance.

One other thing about theaflavins—they, like the polyphenols in green tea, help to promote fat cell breakdown, increase thermogenesis, and help with weight loss. That, combined with the extra caffeine that black tea contains is a big boost for weight loss and fat burning.

What they are

Green tea, lemon tea, and tea with added lemon are all popular tea varieties that are widely consumed around the world. Here’s the makeup of each…

Green tea – is a true tea variety like black and white tea. Meaning green tea is made from the true tea plant Camellia Sinensis.

Lemon tea – strictly speaking, this is lemon water. But considered a tea option that can stand alone as a simple herbal tea. It comes with all the benefits that herbal teas bring. It can be served hot, cold, or iced.

Black tea with lemon – this is simply a variation made to a standard cup of tea. It can be made using any type of tea variety as its tea “base”, but mostly uses black tea. Lemon can be added when hot, when cold, or even to iced tea. And here’s sweet tea vs iced tea – in case you’re woindering that too.

Green tea with lemon – another popular option is adding a slice of lemon or lemon juice to green tea. Also popularly known as “Lemon green tea”. It could be added to cold green tea but is usually added to hot green tea.

Which is healthier, Green Tea or Milk Tea? The Conclusion

Milk and green tea are two popular tea variants across the globe. However, comparing the two in terms of their health benefits, green tea obviously wins.

This is because the milk content, though it has its own benefits, ruins the effect of the content present in the tea leaves. While milk tea has always been a popular beverage, green tea is overtaking its importance by delivering immense health benefits.

In order to evade the demerits of milk tea, it is better to consume black tea in its raw form or by adding lemon to it.

Doctors profoundly suggest drinking milk separately in its natural way to gain its actual benefits. Being a dominant source of calcium, doctors recommend at least 2 glasses of milk every day.

Furthermore, milk enhances digestion if consumed before getting into bed at night.

Green tea, on the other hand, is better for consumption early in the morning or during the day. It acts as an energy booster for the mind and body.

2. Herbal tea has no caffeine, green tea does

What you'll find in green tea and not in herbal te

What you’ll find in green tea and not in herbal tea: caffeine.

Green tea is a well known source of caffeine, and it’s the preferred choice for many folks, mid-afternoon when the 2 PM slump hits but they don’t want to drink coffee.

For this reason green tea can be your best friend, or something to avoid, depending on what you’re trying to do.

If you’re trying to keep awake and stay focused, but without the jitters, then green tea is the say to go.

But if you’re just looking for a nice cup of tea that’s going to help you relax, unwind, and generally settle down after a long day then you’re better off drinking herbal tea.

You’ll never find green tea in a bedtime tea collection or blend, due to the caffeine content.

The only herbal tea in this world that has caffeine is yerba mate. It’s usually more caffeinated than green tea, and you won’t find it very easy if you’re not from the American continent (all of it). It’s native to South America and you’ll rarely find it elsewhere.

5. Green tea has a specific flavor profile, herbal tea can be anything

Again, derived from what each tea is made of, green tea will have a very specific flavor,

Actually, pure green tea is not for everyone. It takes some getting used to, since it’s not fruity or sweet by any means.

Pure green tea is a little astringent, reminding you rather of green grapes, zucchini and a definite vegetal flavor.

You may sweeten it if you like, but it won’t end up being delicious if you’re not used to the flavor. Also, adding any sweetener to green tea will hinder the antioxidants from doing their job properly.

Herbal tea comes in two distinct flavor profiles: kind of delicious, meant more for flavor than for health benefits, and the other is almost as harsh as green tea.

For example teas like valerian root or sage or cumin/fennel seed tea are not delicious by any means. But they do a very good job at helping the body through a difficult moment.

Whereas teas made of rose buds, lavender, ginger, cinnamon are all going to be delicious and you might end up drinking them for the flavor, nevermind the health benefits.

Fortunately, you can blend herbal teas together to make a brew that’s both flavorful and helpful.

You’ll often find green tea blended with some herbal tea

The best part is, you can have the best of both worlds. Often you’ll find green tea blended with something else.

For example green tea with ginger, or green tea with dried fruits, or green tea with some flower petals such as cornflower or rose petals.

This is going to make the green tea much easier to drink, and also add some of the health benefits of the herbal teas added.

Green Tea’s Unique Benefits

Green tea’s most well-known and well-studied ingredient is the potent antioxidant, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) and is responsible for many of its health benefits that protect against cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, harmful pathogens, and . In addition, green tea is also known to have some pretty amazing appetite curbing, and fat-burning effects.

Green tea also contains many other protective compounds, including linoleic acid, a fat burning substance; quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that protects and modulates the immune system, helping allergies; theobromine, which helps dilate the blood vessels and lowers blood pressure; theophylline, which helps minimize asthma and wheezing. Green tea also contains amino acids, enzymes, trace minerals such as calcium, magnesium, chromium, manganese, iron, copper and zinc.

10 Green Tea Benefits for Your Body and Mind

While a great deal is known about the benefits of green tea, more research is still needed in order to expand our knowledge on just how green tea benefits us. Here are some green tea benefits currently supported by research.

1. Weight Loss

Green tea is known to decrease inflammation in the body, aiding in the weight loss process. More research is needed, but one study found that “the combination of GTE and exercise also produced greater changes in anti‐inflammatory (increases in adiponectin) and metabolic (decreases in hs‐CRP) markers than exercise alone”[2]

If you’re looking to lose weight, exercise is the first step, but adding in green tea can help speed up the process, even if only slightly. Check out this article if you want to find out more about this: Is Drinking Green Tea An Effective Way For Weight Loss?

2. Increased Satiety

One study on how green tea affects insulin levels found that, while green tea had no effect on insulin levels after a meal, it did increase feelings of satiety, which means that study participants were less likely to continue eating[3]. This can have positive effects on health by helping you consume less calories.

3. Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Scientists believe that green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure. It may also protect against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks.

One study found that, in general, coffee and certain types of teas (including green tea) reduced the risk of death from cardiovascular disease[4].

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4. Reduce the Risk of Esophageal Cancer

One of the most impressive green tea benefits is that it is thought to reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, but it is also widely thought to kill cancer cells in general without damaging the healthy tissue around them.

In one study, researchers found that the high concentrations of tea polyphenols “have shown inhibitory effects against the development, progress, and growth of carcinogen‐induced tumors in animal models at different organ sites, including the esophagus and lung”[5]. While this kind of research needs to be replicated in more studies, it does suggest that green tea can slow the growth of some types of cancers.

5. Reduce Cholesterol

One literature review looked at 31 trials involving studies on green tea and cholesterol and found that, in general, “green tea intake significantly lowered the total cholesterol”[6]. It specifically seems to target LDL as opposed to HDL, which an important distinction to keep in mind if you’re trying to target a certain type of cholesterol.

6. Delay Effects of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Green tea is thought to delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. One research review discovered that “results seem to support the hypothesis that green tea intake might reduce the risk for dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, or cognitive impairment”[7]. However, many more well-designed studies are needed to provide decisive evidence for this.

7. Slow Tooth Decay

The bioactive compounds in tea, like polyphenols-flavonoids-catechins, have antibacterial properties that inhibit not only bacteria but acid production[8]. Research suggests that this is the reason green tea has been shown to prevent cavities and tooth decay. This doesn’t mean you should stop brushing your teeth, but it does mean that green tea can really help when it comes to oral hygiene!

8. Lower Blood Pressure

Regular consumption of green tea is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure. One literature review found that several studies concluded that green tea significantly reduces both systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure[9].

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9. Depression

While several studies have shown that a higher consumption of green tea leads to lower levels of depression in elderly individuals, more human trials are needed to determine the way green tea influences depressive symptoms. In one study on mice, green tea polyphenols were shown to have antidepressant-like effects, suggesting that the same could be true in humans[10].

10. Antiviral Properties

Tea catechins are strong antibacterial and antiviral agents that make them effective for treating a variety of infectious diseases[11]. While they may not prevent you from getting a viral infection, they may help reduce their severity, which is a great green tea benefit.

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