Benefits of Green Tea

FRIDAY FAVORITE

Green tea has a natural component that helps to speed up the metabolism. We're talking about the brew-it-yourself with boiling water and a tea-bag-type tea, not tea made from boxed powders or bottled iced teas that are often filled with sugar.

Green tea contains substances called catechins that stimulate the body to burn calories (rev up the metabolic furnace). A study published in theAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that drinking four cups of green tea per day reduces body fat. Added bonus? Catechins have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects, anti-cancer properties, and may help control cholesterol levels!

Try a cup of green tea in place of your morning coffee this week!