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Which is the healthiest green tea to drink? There are 4 different types: instant or bottled, flavored, decaffeinated and regular, which is the best?



There are many types of green tea, but they don't contain the same amount of benefits.

There are many choices: instant green tea, flavored green tea, decaffeinated green tea, teabag and loose green tea. As consumers, we are spoilt for choice.

Even the big boys are jumping on the bandwagon. Coca-cola and Lipton are selling green tea energy drinks!

Like a little child who has been given too many toys to play with, we are confused. Which is the healthiest green tea to drink?

Green tea contains nutritions such as catechins, theanine and caffeine.

Ideally the healthiest green tea should contain a lot of catechins and theanine, and less of caffeine.

Avoid Green Tea Energy Drink

Caffeine intolerance is the most common cause of green tea side effects.

Experts recommend 300 milligrams of caffeine a day as being safe for most individuals. According to the United Kingdom Tea Council, this is equivalent to 6 cups of tea a day.

Energy drinks contain a high concentration of caffeine. Coca-cola’s Enviga, for example, contains 100 milligrams of caffeine per serving.

According Dr. Shen, Enviga contains chemicals that are known to be allergic and carcinogenic.

There is a big movement in Naturopathic Pediatrics to get this stuff out of cafeteria pop since it is bad for kids.

Green Tea Energy Drink - A Healthy Beverage?

Avoid Instant or Bottled Green Tea

Instant or bottled green tea contains a tiny fraction of catechins found in a hot, regular green tea. It also contains chemicals such as phosphoric acid and fluoride.

Much controversy surrounds fluoride. We get most of it from drinking water. Low level of fluoride helps prevent dental caries, but high level of fluoride is harmful to the teeth and bone.

A 2005 study conducted by Dr. Michael Whyte from the Washington University raised concerns about the high fluoride content in Lipton’s instant iced tea.

Fluoride in Green Tea - Danger In Lipton!

Prefer Regular Green Tea

The 2007 report published by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) compares nearly 400 foods for their flavonoid content.

It shows why regular green tea is the healthiest. It seems that the longer green tea has been processed, the more nutrients it loses.

  • 100 milliliters of regular brewed green tea contains 127 milligrams of catechins.

  • Decaffeinated green tea contains only 56 milligrams.

  • Flavored green tea has 43 milligrams.

  • Disappointingly, instant green tea has only 12 milligrams.

Healthiest green tea? Go regular.

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References

US Department of Agriculture. USDA Database for the Flavanoid Content of Selected Foods Release 2.1. http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/Data/Flav/Flav02-1.pdf

The World Healthiest's Foods. Green Tea. http://www.whfoods.com

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