I have often been asked the difference between red tea and green tea and asked which is best to help you lose weight.
First, lets consider what they both are.
Red tea is actually NOT a tea in that it comes from a plant called Camellia sinensis, rather than a traditional tea plant.
Generally, red tea does not have the bitterness of green tea, yet it will retain or even exceed the health benefits of green tea in terms o its antioxidant and cancer-fighting benefits, as well as having weight loss benefits.
It also does not have caffeine
Benefits of Green Tea
There are well known and widespread benefits of drinking green tea, which have been confirmed by some major health research, including Harvard Health.
Among its benefits is the reduction of hypertension, a variety of antioxidants that it carries and its ability to fight cancer or at least play a role in inhibiting cancers in the colon, skin, lung and breast.
But it also plays a key part in losing weight because of its antioxidants, in particular the catechins that green tea contains.
Green tea does contain caffeine, which depends upon the actual tea you’re consuming although it is generally considerably less than the caffeine in black tea, which is around 40 to 130 mg of caffeine in an 8 ounce serving.
Green tea does contain caffeine. The exact amount of caffeine in green tea will depend on the specific variety you drink. According to MayoClinic.com, Stash Premium Green tea contains 26 mg of caffeine per 6-oz. serving. This is a relatively low amount of caffeine compared to black tea, which averages 40 to 120 mg of caffeine per 8-oz. serving, and coffee, which contains 95 to 200 mg per 8-oz. serving. Red tea does not contain any caffeine.
Red Tea – Rooibos
Red tea’s origins, from a member of the legume family in the Cedarberg Mountains of South Africa, provide some particularly potent anti-oxidant and weight losing benefits.
The rooibos antioxidants – aspalathin and nothofagin – are able to reduce the production of fat and also assist in stress reduction, help to regulate blood sugar levels and provide other benefits.
There are also various claims, some supported by strong medical evidence, as to the ability of red tea to prevent heart disease, Alzheimers and other serious medical issues.
Whilst both green and red tea have significant benefits, the red tea’s considerable power in terms of weight loss is its potent antioxidant properties, which combined with its beneficial side effects make it something of a ‘must have’ in terms of those seeking to lose weight and gain a strong healthy metabolism.
If I was to decide on the ‘Green v. Red’, I think the hands-down favorite would be the Red.
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