You have been drinking green tea all wrong!

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Be it a friend’s wedding or our desire to fit in a dress from college, the first step to a fitter you, is including green tea to your diet. While many studies have proved its worth plenty of times, there are certain guidelines to keep in mind if you wish to get the most from this magical tea. The ideal consumption of green tea is between two to five cups every day and should be kept in mind. Here are some dos and dont’s to lookout for when consuming green tea: Don’t have green tea right after your meal: One of the biggest misconceptions of consuming green tea is that having it right after your meal will magically banish all the calories you just had. Fact alert: Since the proteins of your foods are yet to be digested by the body, drinking green tea right after your meal can harm this process and hence should be avoided at all costs. Don’t have green tea super- hot: Drinking your green tea when it is super- hot not only makes it tasteless but can end up hurting your stomach and throat. Have your green tea warm for best results. Don’t add honey to your green tea when it’s hot: Most of us love adding honey to green tea because it is a healthy alternative to sugar and it tastes good. However, if you add honey to a boiling cup of green tea, chances are that the nutritive value of honey will get destroyed. Hence, let your green tea’s temperature settle down a bit, then add cinnamon, honey, whatever it is you wish to add. Don’t take medicines with green tea: Many people pop in their pills with their morning cup of green tea. This can be extremely harmful as the chemical composition of your pill can get mixed with your green tea leading to acidity. Therefore, it is recommended that you take your pills with regular water rather than any substance. Don’t seep the green tea leaves for too long: The habit of seeping your green tea leaves for too long will not extract more nutrients from the leaves than it already contains. This is not only toxic but will also turn the flavour of your tea bitter. Don’t try too many artificial flavours added in green teas: The market is loaded with variations of green tea. There are plenty available just to attract your palate.–Agencies

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