According to Jonathan Bailor in his book, The Calorie Myth, green tea has properties – polyphenols- that are extremely beneficial. Polyphenols apparently have been shown to help prevent a host of diseases and conditions AND help to burn fat! Interactions with properties of the tea and our hormone noradrenaline make such benefits possible.
To be effective on such a level, however, we would need to consume the equivalent of ten tea bags’ worth of tea each day. Sounds like a recipe to float away! But wait! Jonathan Bailor says we can reap the benefits of ten green tea bags by simply brewing them in (much) less water! It’s the tea leaves’ polyphenols we’re after and not the water! Although, the tea we do drink does count toward our goal of 8-ish glasses of water a day!
So, per Jonathan, I brewed some seriously dense tea using 6 bags in over a cup of water. That was yesterday so it was good and cold from chillin’ in the refrigerator overnight. At noon, I made a smoothie using the strong tea as the fluid to my concoction of the usual suspects, (see post on smoothies), and I was delighted with the results!
Where was the rest of my 10 bags’ worth? That was the loose green tea brewed first thing this morning.
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