Unlike many other popular variants of tea, green tea does not undergo any oxidation process which makes it a healthier drink to sip on. Green tea has long been considered a healthier alternative to other beverages. It is known to bring down the ‘bad’ cholesterol or LDL levels and triglycerides. It is known to boost your metabolism and speed up the fat burning process. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants that not only boost your immunity but also protect you against cough and flu. The antioxidants present in green tea have also been linked to healthy hair and clear skin as shown by several scientific teas.
So, is there an ideal time to drink green tea? Here’s what experts have to say
According to Bangalore-based nutritionist Dr. Anju Sood, “While Green tea is loaded with antioxidants, it is still a type of tea that contains caffeine and hence I wouldn’t recommend more than 3 cups a day. If consumed in excess it will start eliminating essential elements too from your system. I always advice my clients to take a cup in the morning (around 10-11 a.m) or evening. Early morning can be a good time to drink green tea because your metabolism is the highest, which can be boosted with a nice hot cup of green tea. It is good to drink green tea in the evening too because that’s when your metabolism tends to dip.”Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Health Practitioner Shilpa Arora says, “Both morning and evening are fine to drink green tea. People who have sleep issues should avoid a cup later in the evening, as the caffeine intake may pose problem with their sleep.”
Consultant nutritionist Dr. Rupali Dutta tells us, “Mornings are the best time to have green tea, for its role in kick-starting the metabolism but you can also have it post-meal, as it is low in calories. Make sure you don’t drink it right after your meal, observe a gap of at least an hour or two.”