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Why I drink Green Tea (between pints)

Green Tea
Green Tea

I was out with a few friends recently at a sports bar and we were enjoying a few (responsible) drinks, however when it came to the next round of drinks, a good friend of mine who had just had a pint of Guinness, was getting a pot of Green Tea with lemon.

How strange I thought! And of course, my interest peaked. Why would you do this?

Well, he claims if he has a cup of green tea in between alcohol it reduces the effects of alcohol on his body. – He does not get any hangover! And what I loved about all of this, he did not care what others thought, because this worked for him. But does it actually work?

It seems there may be some method to his madness.”Green tea is not fermented and is produced by steaming fresh leaves at high temperatures. During this process, it is able to maintain important molecules called polyphenols, which seem to be responsible for many of the benefits of green tea.” In fact, a study found that while “alcohol administration caused an increase in the liver and serum lipid peroxidation products, measured as thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances. However, green tea prevents the changes observed after ethanol intoxication. Green tea also protects membrane phospholipids from enhanced peroxidation. These results indicate a beneficial effect of green tea in alcohol intoxication.”

There are a number of other benefits to drinking Green tea. But be warned, if you are used to having milky tea with sugar. Remove that notion from your head, completely. Do not expect this taste. In my experience, expecting a certain flavour from a beverage, only to taste something completely unexpected, will cause you to never try it again.

How do you start with green tea?

  • Never add milk to Green Tea
  • Never add sugar to Green Tea
  • Do add some lemon or ginger.
  • Do take your time, sip slowly and enjoy it’s unique taste

Sources

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12126490

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