Tea is one of the most consumed beverages in the world after water. Several health gyaans suggest that drinking green tea has a number of benefits, including weight loss, prevents heart diseases, improves cholesterol, reduces risk of high blood pressure, etc. Well, the list goes on.

But here’s the real question – is it exaggerated too much and is misleading? Let’s find out.

Here’s an opinion given as an answer to the question, “what happens to my health if I drink a cup of green tea everyday?”

“As an owner of a tea business for eight years running now, I get asked this question and questions like it all the time.  People want me to recommend a tea to cure their cancer, halitosis, premature balding and tennis elbow.  And to be honest, I’m sick to death of other tea businesses luring people in with health benefit claims.

There may actually be some health benefits, but it’s my opinion that they are grossly overstated and misleading.  I personally think the biggest benefit you might get from drinking any kind of tea would be the benefit derived from replacing a sugary, high calorie, possibly carbonated beverage with tea, which has no sugar, or calories by itself.

I think that once upon a time, you had two choices:  drink tea, or drink water.  In early communities, the water supply was frequently tainted, and drinking tea required boiling the water.  Lo and behold, the people who drank tea were healthier, they were less prone to disease and they lived longer.  Someone decided that tea must be medicinal and an industry of snake oil salesmen was born.

The short answer is drink tea because you enjoy it, or drink tea because it is better for you than soda, but don’t expect it to work magic on you.  Just my opinion.”

Answer by Frank Horbelt

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