“Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage”
– Catherine Douzel
The Size Zero Myth:
#Myth 1- It is rich in Antioxidants!
Yes, I have read this everywhere. Antioxidant (don’t know how is it beneficial, but sounds complex, so should be really healthy) is the in thing nowadays. Everyone I know drinks green tea. (What the heck, they must have done scientific research already, why do I need to do extra work).
#Myth 2- Drinking Green Tea for Weight Loss.
I ate one full tandoori chicken, a plate of chicken wings, mutton biriyani and yeah honey & hazelnut ice cream with extra chocolate (The secret to making anything taste better is more chocolate). Oh, not to worry, I won’t gain weight as I am going to drink lots of green tea to melt whatever I ate and it is going to be washed out.
#Myth 3- You can drink Green Tea as much as you like safely.
The more I drink, the more fat will I melt. I should drink it after every burger, pizza or pastry I eat.
#Myth 4- Black Tea Has More Caffeine.
Black Tea or Adarak Chai is a villain for my weight loss. I should quote every possible fault with Black Tea and Adarak Chai (I will drink many cups of them on my cheat day as it’s my favourite). Definitely caffeine content in them must be higher than my fat buster green tea.
#Myth 5- The Chinese are slim and trim because they only drink Green Tea.
Green Tea is originated in China. Have you seen Chinese people? So thin and pretty. It’s all because of the magical Green Tea.
#Myth 6- Herbal tea is best for me if I have anxiety.
Anything herbal is always ‘the best’ for my health.
The Wise Hero Reality:
1. What are Antioxidants?
Antioxidants are compounds (mostly vitamins & minerals) which prevent damage from free radicals (by-products of normal metabolic reactions and are carcinogenic in nature) in the body.
2. Antioxidants alone are useless.
Antioxidants can work only in the presence of carbohydrates, protein and fats. But most of us drink Green Tea to either kill our hunger or delay our meals rich in macronutrients, the antioxidants will be rendered useless.
3. A large amount of Antioxidant is needed to really benefit.
For you to really benefit from Green Tea you will have to drink many teas which will only cause acidity, heartburn, bloating, mask your hunger and make you overeat at a later time.
4. Black, Oolong, White & Green tea are extracted from the same plant.
Black, Green, Oolong and White teas are all made from the same plant (Camellia sinensis) but differ in their methods of preparation.
The preparation process consists of withering, rolling and heating of the tea leaves. In case of black teas, they go through an oxidative process known as fermentation before the final heating process. Oolong teas are partially fermented. Green Teas are not fermented. White tea is first steamed rapidly and then dried (involves slightly less processing compared to Green Tea). Different Colour is achieved because of different tea processing. Hence all of them have antioxidants.
5. Black, Oolong, White & Green tea have a similar amount of caffeine.
Green, Black, White & Oolong Tea are produced from the same plant. Black tea is created from the green leaves of the same plant using which green tea is created. The procedure for creating black tea leaves zero impact on the amount of caffeine. Similarly, all types of tea have caffeine in the similar amount.
6. Black Tea or Adarak Chai is also rich in Antioxidants.
Normal Masala Chai is also rich in antioxidants and let us accept the truth, masala chai tastes refreshing and much better (I know few people who say they like the bitter taste of green tea, I strongly believe they need to visit an ENT). Unfortunately, though, black and other teas are somehow just not sold to you with that marketing tag, that’s all.
7. Herbal Tea- Well, it’s not a TEA.
Well, drinking herbal tea might calm your senses, but the truth is that it’s not tea at all! Tea comes from the plant Camellia Sinensis. But herbal teas are infusions that make use of flowers, fruit extracts and sometimes barks of other medicinal trees and plants. Most of them actually have little to no ‘tea content’ in them, so they do not really qualify for tea in the true sense of the word. The technical term to describe these ‘mock teas’ is Tisanes. And some do actually contain polyphenols found in tea, but not the caffeine.
8. Choosing the tea that agrees with your taste-buds.
All the different varieties of tea are rich in different types of antioxidants. The body (through the taste-buds) often shows you exactly which nutrients your body requires and if you follow your taste-buds while choosing your tea, you inadvertently pick up the exact antioxidants that your body craves.
You can’t buy Happiness but you can buy Tea, that’s kind of the same thing. I say forget about what the world has to say, you should always have your favourite cup of Tea.