Myths are a waste of time, they prevent progression. – Barbra Streisand
Green tea is an incredibly healthy beverage, and I am quite sure that all of you are well aware of this fact. Many studies prove that regular consumption of green tea can lower the risk of diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Plus, it also helps one keep a check on oral hygiene and overall health of the body. The internet is flooded with articles talking about the miraculous health benefits associated with it, and many of us are blindly following them. Well, to be honest, it is not a medicine, and not all the benefits are actually real. This makes busting a few myths linked with green tea the need of the hour.
Let’s have a look at these five myths about green tea listed below.
#1 Green Tea Makes You Slim
Sure, green tea helps one lead a healthy life but backing it up as the only weight loss aid is what people seriously need to stop doing. The antioxidant components (catechins) present in green tea are hyped to be the reason behind weight loss caused by green tea. However, catechins have a different effect on every individual. Also, green tea is not the answer to instant weight loss.
Banking only on green tea when one has plans to slim down in a couple of weeks will not help. For tangible results, one should combine regular green tea consumption with healthy eating habits and exercise.
#2 Green Tea Keeps Cancer Away
Though you will find this written all over the internet, there is still no valid or reliable research that backs the verdict that green tea keeps cancer away. However, we are not asking you to cut on the consumption, but making your aware that “The National Cancer Institute” has never endorsed the relation between green tea and cancer cure that is mushroomed all over the internet.
#3 Green Tea Helps in Maintaining Oral Hygiene
It’s true that the antimicrobial function of green tea kills odour causing germs inside the mouth and helps in preventing foul breath. However, the catch here is that this benefit may not be manifested just by drinking a few cups of green tea every day. Alternatively, one can use it as mouthwash every morning to fight bad breath. No one told this to you, right?
#4 Green Tea Makes Your Skin Glow
Green tea sure is a rich source of antioxidants and effectively helps in the reducing free radicals from the body. Interestingly, the fact is that prolonged consumption may lead to making your skin look younger than the actual age.
However, instead of drinking gallons of green tea, a direct application on the skin will work better than drinking. Opting for face masks made using pure green tea or preparing one at home are some great options.
#5 Green Tea Has No Side Effects
You’ll not find much discussion on the side effects of green tea on the internet. However, this doesn’t simply mean that there aren’t any. They say, ‘excess of anything is bad’ and it is applicable for green tea as well. It is good to consume in moderation; but, if one goes ahead to drink more than 10 cups a day, conditions like diarrhoea, constipation, severe liver ailments and a reduced amount of iron absorption in the body can be seen. So, make sure, you are not over consuming and spoiling the benefits attached to green tea.
We are sure this post will help you get over some of the major myths about green tea. In the end, we would like to highlight the fact that green tea is one of the healthiest beverages, but it will be unjustified to consume it just for the health benefits. Now that I have busted five popular myths about green tea, it’s time that you make an informed decision.