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Fab Food: Why green tea beats black tea

By Vision Reporter

Added 18th July 2011 03:00 AM

Many of us ask for black tea when we feel like tea. Often do we ask for other forms of tea, especially green tea. But did you know that green tea is healthier. According to nutritionists, green tea has far reaching health benefits than you can imagine.

By John Agaba

Many of us ask for black tea when we feel like tea. Often do we ask for other forms of tea, especially green tea. But did you know that green tea is healthier. According to nutritionists, green tea has far reaching health benefits than you can imagine.

According to Dr. Muniirah Mbabazi, a nutrition consultant at Natrisat in Kamwokya, the beverage which traces its origins to China can help curb problems including heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Green tea is made from a plant so nutritious that the leaves are simply steamed, unlike black tea where the leaves are completely fermented — the reason it retains much of its nutrients (antioxidants) that help prevent illnesses.

Usually our bodies contain oxidants, substances that can be harmful. But with the antioxidants in green tea, the effect can be kept at bay, she explains.

In addition, Dr. Sarah Ngalombi, a nutritionist, highlights the fact that the tea enhances immunity.

Green tea contains Vitamin C and minerals such as chromium, manganese and zinc, which improve immunity.

Compared to black tea, green tea is more nutritious because it cleanses the body of toxins and destroys harmful bacteria that can check food poisoning.

According to a study carried out at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, green tea helps burn fat. This goes a long way in checking overweight, liver disease and reducing blood pressure.

Studies also specify that the drink can reduce the risk of dental cavities, while improving bone density and brain function.

Other benefits
Because green tea contains fluorine and other ingredients that can suppress plaque formation and bacteria which causes bad breath it is good for maintaining oral hygiene.

Its nutrients help lower blood sugar.

Studies indicate that green tea prevents arthritis and reduces symptoms in individuals with the condition.

Taking green tea regularly lessens chances of developing breast, stomach and skin cancers.

It checks oxidants which are major contributors to ageing.

Green tea contains guarana which is a well-known energy booster.

Chemicals found in the drink can also be effective in checking colds and influenza.

Fab Food: Why green tea beats black tea

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