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Which Green Tea Is Best For Weight Loss?

Green tea is gaining popularity over the world due to its unique taste and health benefits. The Source of green tea is the same plant that gives black tea. It is just the different level of oxidation which causes them to be different from each other. There is a wide variety of green tea produced, differentiated by such factors as growth method, the timing of leaves, harvesting, and processing method. Freshly picked raw green tea leaves are steamed and roasted to stop the progress of fermentation.

Best green tea is thought to be one of the healthiest beverages in the world. It is full of antioxidants and other chemical compounds that may benefit your health. It increases fat burning. Research shows that green tea reduces body fat especially in the abdomen area. In this article we will cover all the important information related to green tea and weight loss.

Chemical Substances In The Green Tea Which Help You Lose Fat

Green tea is full of potent antioxidants known as catechins. Epigallocatechin gallate is one of the most important catechins available in the green tea.  It boosts the metabolism of the body.

According to different studies taking one cup on green tea can significantly increase the number of antioxidants in your blood. The presence of caffeine in green tea is usually associated with the burning of fat and improving exercise performance. Green tea extracts are a more concentrated source of catechins that raise antioxidant levels.

Green Tea Can Mobilize Fat From Fat Cells

Studies on the different animals reveal that the active ingredients in the best green tea can aid the process of breaking the fat in fat cells and boost the effect of fat-burning hormones like norepinephrine.

Epigallocatechin gallate in the best green tea help to inhibit the enzyme that breaks down the hormone norepinephrine. Since the enzyme is inhibited the number of norepinephrine increases in the blood which promotes the breakdown of fat in the body. There is a synergistic effect produced by caffeine and Epigallocatechin gallate, resulting in faster fat breakdown.

Green Tea Increases Fat Burning

According to studies green tea consumption before exercise increases the fat burning effect up to 17%. Green tea boosts the effect of fat burning during exercise. There are studies available that show the catechins increased fat burning not during exercise but also in resting condition.

Green Tea Boost Your Metabolic Rate

Our body constantly needs energy to perform different functions. Calories are being burnt every time to supply energy to body cells even when we are in a relaxed sitting state or sleeping. It has been found that people who take the best green tea extracts burn more calories even at rest positions. Obese people can take benefit from it by using green tea on a regular basis. As it will not only increase their metabolism for now but also impact in the long term increase metabolic rate. The effect of green tea extract on boosting metabolism varies from person to person.

Green Tea Affecting The Appetite

There is not enough data to support the fact that green tea reduces appetite. But some studies conducted on animals found that green tea extracts with epigallocatechin gallate reduce the amount of fat we absorb from food.

In different reviews it is found that people who consume green tea regularly tend to lose three pounds of weight as compared to the ones, not on green tea. Catechins are available in green tea help to lose belly fat.

Green tea containing epigallocatechin gallate causes an increase in fat burning and metabolic rate but when it comes to weight loss there is not many numbers to support it. Despite this fact green tea has many other beneficial health benefits.

How To Make Traditional Moroccan Mint Tea

Evoke the feeling of being in a traditional Marrakech souk by making this refreshing herbal beverage which has a whole host of health benefits.

Moroccan mint tea, actually a green tea steeped with spearmint and other herbs, has become synonymous with the culture and cuisine of Morocco. Its low caffeine content means that it can be drunk any time of the day and is traditionally given to welcome guests.

Introduced in the 12th century, Moroccan mint tea is as popular as ever today as drinkers enjoy its sweet flavour and revitalising properties. Many also chose it for its health benefits as it is full of antioxidants and relieves a number of symptoms including indigestion, heartburn, and irritable bowel syndrome. It is also a good choice for anxiety sufferers asit has a mild sedative and calming effect.

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It’s easy to whip up a batch of your own delicious traditional Moroccan Mint Tea to energise you during your workday or as a relaxing evening drink. All you will need is:

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon loose Chinese gunpowder green tea
  • 5 cups boiling water
  • Granulated sugar or honey – to taste
  • 1 large bunch fresh mint
  • Selection of other herbs (optional). A sprig of sage, wormwood, lemon verbena, wild thyme are all good choices

Equipment

  • A teapot/ or stovetop teapot
  • Tea glasses

Method

  1. Pour a cup of boiling water into the teapot and swish it around to warm the pot before pouring it out
  2. Add the tablespoon of loose gunpowder green tea to the teapot
  3. Add a cup of boiling water to the teapot and let it brew for 1 minute then pour out the liquid into a tea glass and save it to one side
  4. Wash the tea leaves by adding another cup of boiling water to the pot, swirl the water around to ‘wash’ the leaves, drain and discard this liquid
  5. Wash your fresh mint and other herbs if using in a bowl of cold water and drain
  6. Fill the pot about two-thirds full with boiling water and add the reserved tea and mint and other herbs if using
  7. Allow the tea to brew for 3-4 minutes
  8. Add sugar to taste and a few mint sprigs and let it brew for 3 minutes more
  9. Moroccan tea is traditionally mixed not by stirring but by pouring the just-steeped tea into a glass and then pour the tea back into the pot. Repeat this process four or five times.
  10. To serve add a sprig of fresh mint to each glass and pour into in small heatproof glasses and relish a moment of calm as you inhale the sweet aroma of the infused mint leaves

Moroccan mint tea is an excellent accompaniment to light snacks of nuts and dried fruits, it also complements traditional Moroccan cuisine and acts as a refreshing after dinner palette cleanser.