07 January, 2014


Green Tea is a recent addition to our menu. Green Tea is associated with lot of hype regarding its health benefits. There have been very few published reports confirming the health benefits.

Some of these include
Weight loss
Stomach disorders
Skin damage (sun burn)

It is said that green tea retains higher concentration molecules called polyphenols which is responsible for its beneficial effects.
Green tea is likely to be safe for most adults. But too much of green tea can be harmful.  It can cause side effects because of the caffeine. These side effects can range from mild to serious and include headache, nervousness, sleep problems, vomiting, diarrhea, irritability, irregular heartbeat, tremor, heart burn, dizziness, ringing in the ears, convulsions, and confusion. Green tea seems to reduce the absorption of iron from food. The caffeine in green tea, especially when taken in large amounts, can worsen diarrhoea and might worsen symptoms of IBS. Drinking green tea increases pressure inside the eye. The increase occurs within 30 minutes and lasts for at least 90 minutes. The caffeine in green tea might increase blood pressure in people with high blood pressure. However, this does not seem to occur in people who regularly drink green tea or other products that contain caffeine. Green tea extract supplements have been linked to several cases of liver damage. Green tea extracts might make liver disease worse. Drinking green tea can increase the amount of calcium that is flushed out in the urine. Caffeine should be limited to less than 300 mg per day (approximately 2-3 cups of green tea). It is possible to make up for some calcium loss caused by caffeine by taking calcium supplements.
The main idea behind this post is not to support or condemn Green tea.
It is to make people aware of the facts and keep in mind before overusing green tea.
Secondly please read the ingredients label and don’t just go by the trade name.
Advertisements always look nice but try to look into the relevant literature before blindly believing the advertisements.

Be safe!

Stay healthy!