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Green Tea: How Does it Burn Fat?

Green Tea: A True Fat Burning Food

Supermarket checkout lines are full of magazines with eye-catching headlines like “7 negative calorie superfoods” or “Delicious foods that fight fat”. While the headlines may be compelling, when these claims undergo the scrutiny of science, the concept of a fat burning food is usually revealed as too good to be true.

Or is it?

Green tea leaves are a fat-burning food out there with the support of a slew of clinical research. In fact, studies show that green tea can help people lose weight, burn fat, and keep it off. Here’s how green tea works at burning fat:

1. Metabolism Boost: Green tea interacts directly with your sympathetic nervous system –telling it to ramp up your calorie-burning machine. A 2001 study published in The Journal of Nutrition found that green tea significantly increased the amount of calories burned at rest, known as resting metabolic rate.

2. Torches Fat Cells: While an increase in metabolism can result in significant fat loss, this isn’t always the case. However, in the case of green tea, it does directly act on fat cells. Research in The International Journal of Obesity concluded that green tea has the unique property of increasing the rate that your body uses up stored fat.

3.Blocks Fat Absorption: Green tea interferes with your body’s ability to digest and absorb the fat from your diet. It appears that the catechins in green tea blocks many of the enzymes required for proper fat absorption. French researchers found that green tea resulted in a 37% reduction in fat digestion.

4. Stops Appetite: Scientists think that green tea’s appetite suppressing properties are much of the reason behind the correlation between regular green tea drinking and weight loss. In fact, University of Chicago researchers found that green tea hinders a pathway that makes you hungry.

While you may get some of these benefits by taking in green tea every chance you get, here are some tips for maximizing green tea’s fat burning:

1. Eat The Leaves: While you only get a limited amount of green tea catechins from brewing and drinking green tea, eating the leaves themselves gives you the full spectrum of antioxidants found in the leaf itself. Or, have you tried matcha?

2. Take Enough: Research shows that to reap the benefits from green tea, you need to drink serious amounts of the stuff (at least 5 to 10 cups /day). This may seem like a LOT of green tea to drink, but don’t worry: there are so many amazing flavors to choose from. (Again – see the point above about eating the whole leaves.)

3. Spread Out Doses: It seems that green tea works best if you take small amounts throughout the day, rather than all at once. This way, you’re giving your body small metabolism “jolts” at regular intervals.

4. Take With Meals: Because green tea can block absorption of some of the fat that you eat, it’s ideal to have green tea with meals. The easiest way to do this is to incorporate green tea leaves into your recipes.

Republished with permission from EatGreenTea.com, the original edible green tea.

 

Monday Mashup: Dragon Rose

On the first semi-cool Texas Monday of the season, we tested out a steaming blend of our premium organic White Rose and Dragon Phoenix Zhi teas to create a flowery flavor that was light and refreshing – a good mix as a hot tea for early Autumn. At a 1:1 ratio, the florals in both teas complemented each other perfectly and resulted in a subtle taste and invigorating aroma.

Delicate, smooth, mild, and always satisfying, this blend is great for anyone who loves floral tea. Even if florals are not your go-to, the pronounced Oothu Estate white tea base of the White Rose tea and the highest grade organic Jasmine Pearls that comprise our Dragon Phoenix tea keep the florals from becoming overwhelming.

If you’ve been blending together Zhi teas, let us know how your experiments have gone, or request a review of a mix you’ve been curious about. We’re always open to new ideas for Monday Mashups and are happy to try any interesting combo!

Green Tea Gifts – Perfect for You!

Green Tea Gifts – Perfect for You!

Who says that you can’t buy green tea gifts for yourself? Is it only acceptable to buy a gift basket or enroll someone else in a tea club for a special occasion? Don’t you deserve to do something healthy and enjoyable just for you? If you are looking at the beautiful variety of green tea we have available here at Zhi Tea and feeling a little guilty that you want to order yourself something, you can join the club. You may be surprised at how many people come here shopping for someone else but end up buying for themselves instead.

Buy Green Tea Gifts for Someone Else and Add a Club for You

Zhi Tea can essentially be your one-stop shopping place for everyone in your life. When you are buying green tea gifts for someone else, why not add a monthly club for yourself to enjoy?

You can choose a six- or 12-month cycle, and every month you receive a new tin with a different flavor. These are not tiny servings either; our tin holds as many as 50 cups of tea. Just a few of the mouthwatering flavors you may get to enjoy include Moroccan Mint, Jasmine Green, and Cherry Sencha. Just imagine how much you will enjoy that satisfying cup of tea after a long hard day. It is better than dessert, and better for you!

Green tea gifts are perfect no matter what the occasion

Trying to find different gifts to suit different occasions can be a task and a half for some people, particularly for someone who already has most of the things that they need. However, if the person you are buying for is a keen tea drinker, you will find one type of gift that is perfect no matter what the occasion. Green tea gifts will be appreciated by any lover of fine teas and can be presented for all sorts of occasions.

Present someone special with practical and delicious green tea gifts

It’s always nice to give someone a gift that they will really use and appreciate, which is where green tea gifts can prove ideal. These gifts are perfect for lovers of fine, refined tea, and they will offer practical benefits as well as represent thoughtfulness on your part, as it shows that you looked for something that the recipient would enjoy and find useful.

Treat someone to the delights of green tea gifts

There are many people who love to enjoy the refreshing, unique taste of green tea. If you know someone who enjoys this beverage you can enjoy treating them to the delights of green tea gifts when a special occasion rolls around – or simply as a treat for them. When you buy these gifts for green tea lovers, you know that you will be giving something that they will truly appreciate and enjoy.

Choose affordable green tea gifts from Zhi Tea

At Zhi Tea you will find a great variety of tea related gifts, including some wonderful yet affordable green tea gifts that can be given for any occasion. All you need to do is work out which gift you want to give and then enjoy seeing the recipient’s face when you present it to them. You will also find that these gifts are inexpensive, which means that you benefit as well as the person you are buying for.