Do you get the same green tea benefits with flavored green teas?
The benefits of green tea shouldn't be lessened by the addition of flavors," says Glassman. We're talking pomegranate green tea, cranberry green tea, etc. However, if the flavoring includes sugar, it may contain more calories than unflavored teas. In a nutshell, avoid green teas with any added sugar or artificial sweeteners. Our recommendation: Sencha Secrets
Does the brand of green tea matter?
Yes. There can be a difference in the quality of tea leaves and the number of additional, unnecessary ingredients, As mentioned above, you just want to make sure not to mess up your green tea's powers by adding sugar. When looking at the label, keep in mind that, while green tea has loads of health benefits, "it is not a significant source of vitamins," Glassman says. To reap the maximum benefits, look for brands that use all natural ingredients and have no artificial preservatives.
What if the green tea is iced?
Sure, it's the same green tea, only colder, but keep in mind that iced teas can be diluted with water. The weight-loss benefits are maximized when it's served hot. Brew a better cup using this tip: Don't let the water come to a full boil. Instead, pour the water over the tea right before it boils (the point where tiny bubbles begin to form). Then, let the tea steep for about 2-4 minutes. Our recommendation: Crime of Passion
Can green tea go bad?
It won't spoil, but like with most foods, the fresher the better, If using loose tea or tea bags, make sure to enjoy within six months. Otherwise, the tea will lose some of its antioxidant powers.
If I'm not in a "tea mood," will a green tea extract do the trick?
Yes. Adding green tea extract to water is a great way to get the benefits of green tea while on-the-go. Depending on the concentration of the formula, 1 ml of green tea extract can allow you to reap the benefits of drinking roughly 8 to 10 cups worth of antioxidant-rich green tea!