Day 108 (M, 110418) — Are Green Tea Benefits a Myth?

SparkPeople.com recently had an article about green tea which brings up some interesting points: The Truth about Green Tea

If you drink tea because you enjoy the taste, great. But if you’re buying foods or supplements that contain tea extracts, thinking they’ll help lower your risk for cancer and heart disease, speed your metabolism, or help you lose weight as many products claim, think again. Let’s look at what research (and common sense) really tells us about tea, tea extracts and supplements, and what they can—and can’t—do for your health.

The article goes on to summarize some information from different studies on the effectiveness of Green Tea on different aspects of our health. The upshot?  Green tea is not shown to promote weight loss.

I am not going to give up my PAGG stack for now but I don’t like to shut my eyes to the facts that are out there . . . even if it might be inconvenient.

Here is what the article said, in summary:

Health Benefits of Green Tea: What the Research Really Shows

The research to date indicates that green tea is likely effective for:

  • Improving mental alertness.
  • Treating genital warts. 

Research to date shows that green tea might be effective for:

  • Improving cholesterol levels.
  • Preventing low blood pressure.
  • Reducing the risk or preventing the onset of Parkinson’s disease.
  • Preventing cancers of the bladder, esophagus, ovaries and pancreas.

Currently, there is not enough evidence to say that green tea has the following health benefits:

  • Weight loss. Some scientists have speculated that caffeine and the catechin EGCG may act together to increase fat oxidation (fat burning). However, the big question remains: Do tea or catechins in tea have any real impact on a person’s weight? The evidence for this is pretty thin. In a handful of small studies that only lasted one to three days, people who took EGCG plus caffeine burned slightly more calories than those who were given a placebo. In longer-term studies, the administration of EGCG did bring about a slight reduction in body weight, body mass index, and waist circumference. However, the reductions were modest at best and did not benefit weight maintenance in the long run. The bottom line: Green tea is no magic pill for weight loss. Currently, there is not enough sound research to suggest that green tea, green tea extracts, or green tea supplements help people lose weight.
  • Type 2 diabetes prevention. 
  • Prostate cancer prevention.
  • Breast cancer prevention.
  • Lung cancer prevention.
  • Gingivitis.

More research is needed in the areas of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and osteoporosis before we can make any claims about green tea’s effects on these conditions.

The article also included sections on How to Get the Health Benefits of Green Tea,
Warnings with Green Tea and Green Tea Extracts, and How to Brew Up a Cup.

If you would like to see all the info they included (like that for weight loss above), head over to SparkPeople and check it out.

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Breakfast: two protein drinks, Monster zero carb, AGG, cinnamon

Lunch: will be Freebirds burrito bowl

Dinner: sausage and sauerkraut, chili

Other food throughout the day:

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