This is a guest post by Nutrition Intern Jessica Licciardi:
Green tea is becoming a widely known antioxidant-packed beverage that everyone should try. It’s rich in flavonoids and catechins. Flavonoids are a type of antioxidant, and catechins have been found to be more potent than vitamins C & E in stopping damage to cells in the body and have many other disease-fighting qualities.
What kind of diseases and health conditions can green tea help prevent?
· High Cholesterol
· Cancer (Bladder, Breast, Ovarian, Colorectal, Esophageal, Lung, Pancreatic, Prostate, Skin, & Stomach)
· Inflammatory Disease
· Liver Disease
There have also been studies done that propose green tea can help burn fat and boost metabolism, which in turn can aid in weight management.
In order to absorb all of the powerful properties of green tea, it’s important to drink a few cups of green tea a day. So, how long do you keep the tea bag in for? Easy, you want to allow the tea to steep for about 3-5 minutes so that the tea lets out all the catechins and flavonoids. If for some reason you don’t like the taste of green tea try adding lemon to it for a nice citrus flavor. The next time you’re in the dining center make a cup of green tea instead of choosing a different beverage!