Of course you are right that replacing caloric beverages with non caloric beverages reduces calorie intake and will help but the anti inflammatory action of green tea affects the type of gut flora and they determine the amount of calories absorbed from the food you consume.
Those gut flora that prefer higher inflammatory environments are more effective calorie producers, those that thrive best in a low inflammatory environment absorb fewer calories so drinking green tea is anti inflammatory
and will, IN IT'S OWN RIGHT given the change in gut flora tea consumption creates, lead to lower calorie uptake.
Similarly green tea is an iron chelator
Iron behaving badly causes dysfunctional mitochondria. Thermogenesis is controlled by Brown Adipose Tissue and dysfunctional mitochondria mean poorer thermogenesis It follows that drinking Green Tea improves Thermogenisis
This gives a reasonable idea of where I'm coming from.
main effects of the antiinflammatory dietary mix
Bear in mind they used GT capsules along with other anti inflammatory supplements You can copy their mix using more effective forms/amounts of vitamin D, vitamin C etc.
Stash website has good information
Quote: I have been using STASH tea for the past year. It seems to be a good quality tea.
The website seems to be very detailed.
Quote:What is the thinking on white tea?
White and green teas (Camellia sinensis var. sinensis): variation in phenolic, methylxanthine, and antioxidant profiles.
It doesn't look from this paper that paying more money for white tea buys you more benefits in the way of health giving properties. It's really a matter of taste and affordability. I use Gunpowder Temple of Heaven Green Tea as my basic daily brew and when our cheapo supermarkets Lidl or Aldi have green leaf tea on special offer I'll try those.
Quote:It has a milder flavor than green.
You can adjust the flavour of green tea by shortening the brewing time and reusing the leaves. I make a pot first thing in the morning and keep adding a mug of off the boil water through the day until it's too weak to enjoy. So although the leaves may seem expensive if your only using one teaspoon a day and making that last through the day it's not too bad. It's a lot cheaper than red wine and I'm sure better for me.
and I don't think tea is related to weighloss especially since most people have it sweetened
there are plenty of instructions for making green tea online.
The important points are that the water should be off the boil and the brewing time is limited to 2 minutes. That way the tea will not be bitter and there will be no need for sugar.
The shorter steeping time and using water off the boil reduce the fluoride (and caffiene content) of green tea.
Selenium counteracts the toxic effects of fluoride
If you live in a low selenium area you could supplement with selenium. (it has other benefits apart from counterbalancing flouride)
In the UK only around 10% of water has fluoride added in the USA it's more like 60%.
The amount of fluoride in the tea is related to tea quality. This is why I use LEAF tea. That is usually the best with teabags lesser quality and the worst grade goes to commercial ready made tea.
I agree that sweetened tea would be counter productive. What matters in practice is what happens in real life and there is ample science showing the overal impact of green tea consumption is beneficial.
I agree that it is the context that matters. If all your car tyres are totally deflated putting a little bit of air in one of them isn't going to make a lot of difference.
Similarly if you just inflate one tyre to the correct pressure (ie correct just one anti inflammatory deficiency state) again in the context of having all the other tyres deflated, correcting one tyres air deficiency state isn't going to achieve much.
I think we've got to put anti inflammatory anti oxidant agents into the context of the major pro inflammatory pro oxidation forces, REFINED CARBOHYDRATES, OMEGA 6 INDUSTRIAL SEED/GRAIN OILS are the major drivers, Magnesium deficiency and low omega 3 intakes follow, then we have to consider vitamin D deficiency, Low melatonin secretion from not having a good circadian rhythm, and high cortisol levels from the stress of modern urban living, particularly so for poor people.
Drinking green tea, or having a couple of square of dark chocolate will only make a difference if you've attended to everything else that is driving inflammation/oxidation in your life/environment and diet.
But if you reduce the level of pathogenic bacteria in your digestive system and replace them with anti-inflammatory pro-bifidogenic gut flora this can only help.
But like many communities, your gut flora dislike invaders sol try to prevent new immigrants taking over the community.
Ted Talks Bonnie Bassler on Bacteria quorum sensing
This is why when using Green Tea or other strategy to reduce pathogenic bacteria you have to be persistent over a long time frame and while attacking the pro inflammatory types keep providing a supply of new biffidobactia (live yoghurt) and the Fructooligosaccharides (onions, leeks jerusalem artichokes etc) they thrive on.