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Green Tea?

What do people think of green tea as a fatburner? Useless or mildly effective? I have seen the study where green tea raised metabolism by 4% for 24 hour, but the longer-term data seems mixed. And is iced green tea good, or is the antioxidant/polyphenol value greatly lessened?
Thanks.

Well cant really give you a big result of G Tea and it fat burning capabilities but I do drink the hell out of it. LOL

That said, if I do get some extra boost good deal. I mainly drink it due to the anti’ ox’s and I simply like the taste over water. Water gets a bit old. I drink on average 2 qts of G tea a day.

Iced, not a prob. I drink mine cold almost always. I usually brew it ahead the night before, simply let it soak over night. Or ifg in a hurry just brew it hot and EXTRA strong and pour over ice. WALA. Iced G Tea.

Not sue this helps in any way but I tried,
Phill

Dermo,
I’d second what Phil said (as usual he is right on) about any fat-burning, consider that an added bonus. I believe that the antioxidant issue you are referring to relates to green tea that is decaffinated. Some decaff process reduce antioxidants by up to 90%. If going the decaf route, make sure your brand uses “effervescence” (sp?) as the decaf process. After brewing, serve any way you like. By the way, Shugs had a blog a week or two ago that had a nice suggestion for mixing mint green tea with guar gum as a means to defeat late night hunger pains. I like it. If fat loss is a goal, you might want to check it out.
old dogg

On the paper, it sounds great. I used to drink alot of that stuff till recently when I read about high content of Sodium Flouride in green teas. Too much of it can slow down your thyroid function. Maybe organic green teas might be better but I have no idea. Majority of green teas are from china where the pollution is very high and green teas for some reason has the ablity to soak up alot of flouride in the leaves. I prefer the extract pills over drinking 4-8 cups to get any health benefits. I have this supplement which contains 500mg ( standardized 98% polyphenols, 80% catechins and 45% EGCG). That is one of most potent out there.

Anyone use a sweetener in there green tea? It might just be the brand I bought this time, but this is’nt the best I have tasted!

Tungsten,
Thanks for the advice. I always value your nutrional perspective and this is the first I recall hearing this. I’ll look into it more.

Here’s the link - http://www.mercola.com/2000/sep/10/green_tea_fluoride_thyroid.htm

It has over 100 references. We get more than enough of flouride from other sources and we don’t even need it. There’s evidences that it’s worthless against the cavities. Majority of us live in places where the tap water is flouridated so that’s not good because there are no controlled doses and we could drink it for all we want to. More specifically, sodium flouride is a dangerous compound that is not intended for human consumption at all. Why do you think on the toothpaste there’s a warning for the babies not to use it at all because of flouride? From what I’ve read, sodium flouride is a byproduct waste from industries and that’s what they use to flouridate the water claiming that it prevents cavities which is far from truth. Other countries banned it and saw improvement or no increase in cavity. Once again, FDA and all those idiots working in local, state, fed govts act like it’s nothing to worry about. I mean isn’t it enough we get flouride from toothpaste???

[quote]old_dogg wrote:
Tungsten,
Thanks for the advice. I always value your nutrional perspective and this is the first I recall hearing this. I’ll look into it more.
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[quote]Dr. Banner wrote:
Anyone use a sweetener in there green tea? It might just be the brand I bought this time, but this isn’t the best I have tasted![/quote]

Yeah i usually use sweet n low for that. Try Stevia at a local health store. It’s natural sweetner unlike artifical ones like Splenda, Equal, Sweet n Low (actually the safest based on the data collected past 100 years, others are questionable due to short period of time and already reporting some possible health problems)

Is the flouride an issue in the pill extracts? I like Schiff’s Green tea pill, with 135 mg of EGCG per pill.

I use green tea extract in my nootropic stack along with alcar, rhodiola rosea, piracetam, dmae, and p.s.