If there is one thing you should know about me it’s my insane love for green tea. I love green teas so much that I can have it four to five to even seven times a day if there’s still enough hot water in the thermos. Yes, I am that addicted. So you can just imagine my horror when I read this morning that having too much green tea can be harmful to my health. The moment I read the headline, you guessed it, I was appalled to the point that I wanted to unplug my laptop right away and have enough of it.
I literally spewed hot tea on my laptop as my brain unwillingly absorbed the headline. I did my research and I compared mine with this. This blog post will explain the reason behind the shocking headline. And to be fair, green tea lovers do know that sometimes too much of a good thing is indeed bad for us. This is something we have to learn to accept regardless of how we feel towards green tea. Here’s a little something about the news article I just read and decided to share it to the rest of the world.
For years, people turned to green tea for its copious health benefits. But unfortunately, a new study is claiming otherwise. According to this study, this soothing beverage can actually do more harm than good when consumed in great amounts.
According to researchers who studied the effects of green tea, they found that drinking excessive amounts of green tea might be damaging to reproductive function and development. In a recent study published in the Journal of Functional Foods, the researchers show how being exposed to too much green tea actually impaired the reproductive function of fruit flies. And not only that it also destroyed the development of their offspring.
Although it is still unclear about whether green tea has the exact same impact when it comes to humans, the team of researchers urges us that their finding merit caution against drinking copious amounts of green tea and all other nutraceuticals.
For those of you who are not aware, green tea is actually made from fresh leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant. Out of all available teas, green tea is by far one of the least processed teas, which means that it preserves the majority of polyphenols and antioxidants. These two are popular because of its health benefits.
Another reason why I’ve learned to love green teas is because I’ve read a lot of research about it that it aids in weight loss and not only that it also helps lower cholesterol levels and protects us against serious illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and heart disease.
At first, I wasn’t a big fan of green tea and I have to admit my first love was coffee. But when I learned about its weight loss benefits I instantly shifted from coffee to tea. Surprisingly, the more tea I drank the more addicted I’ve become to it. As a matter of fact, if you open my pantry you’ll find all sorts of green tea that comes in an array of flavors.
Going back, I learned that despite the health benefits of green tea, when you choose to consume green tea excessively instead of reaping the health benefits you are, in point of fact, reaping the negative health effects of this drink. Animal studies showed a dramatic weight loss associated with excessive green tea consumption as well as impairment in embryonic development.
This is not to say that green tea is bad for us we just have to remember that green tea should be consumed in moderation and not in excess.