Today, green tea is a popular, and seemingly healthy, beverage. People swear by the many benefits of it. But how safe is it to drink green tea during pregnancy? Read to find out.
By Amrita Gracias
Ananya Subramanium, a copy editor, loves to consume endless cups of green tea on a regular basis. She believes that green tea helps calm her nerves, manage weight, and improve brain function. She continued drinking green tea regularly even after she got pregnant with her first child. However, her parents advised her to cut down on green tea saying that too much of anything is bad. Ananya disagreed and argued that green tea could do her no harm.
But, is it advisable to consume green tea during pregnancy?
Green tea has become a popular alternative to the regular black tea and coffee. Believed to have originated in the Yunan province of China by Buddhist monks, this fresh and energising beverage has been used for centuries for its numerous health benefits. Of late, it has become increasingly popular across the world.
Green tea comes from the same tea plant as regular black tea – Camellia Sinensis. It is only the variety of the tea plant and the way the leaves are processed that determines whether the end-product is green or black. The process through which green tea is obtained allows for it to remain unoxidized (hence the high antioxidant content) as opposed to regular tea.
Green tea is made from Camellia sinensis leaves that have not undergone the same withering and oxidation applied when processing Camellia sinensis into oolong tea and black tea. Go through the below video that looks at 13 benefits of drinking green tea.
That green tea is beneficial for the health of an individual is well-known, but can it be consumed by expecting mothers? Let us look at it.
Owing to the many medicinal properties of green tea, it is a healthier alternative to other caffeine-induced stimulants. However, do keep in mind that green tea also contains small amounts of caffeine as it is not a herbal tea. During pregnancy, it is advisable to keep the following factors in mind if you tend to enjoy this refreshing drink a bit too often.
So, do you think green tea consumption during pregnancy is a YES or a NO? Well, it all depends on the quality of the green tea, the quantity you drink and the frequency of consumption.
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