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Does green tea really make you lose weight?

While visiting the Longjing Tea Village in Hangzhou last year, one of the tea villagers described how the green tea possibly helps with weight loss.

Many fats are consumed in the modern diet daily, many of which are absorbed by the body to be stored. The green tea helps with the removal of excess fats in the diets, allowing the body to absorb just the right amount. Without the excess fats being packed into storage around the body, one certainly doesn’t gain much weight.

The high concentration of polyphenols in green tea help increase metabolism. Increased metabolism = increased energy use = excess energy stores become utilised = lose a little weight.

As a medical student having lead a rather sedentary lifestyle for the past 2½ years, I gained some extra unwanted pads of fat in my abdominal region. Within a month of drinking Longjing green tea 2-3 times a week, I lost quite a bit of it. I felt rather impressed.

The answer: yes, green tea provides a nice helper-hand in weight loss and weight management. And it’ll only help if it’s green tea of good quality. Consuming the tea along with eating a healthy diet and incorporating exercise into your lifestyle are also very necessary for proper weight loss (and good health, generally)! It would be silly to believe that green tea alone would do the trick.

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Longjing Green Tea – The Best Green Tea

I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Longjing Tea Village in Hangzhou, China last summer. Here, I had the opportunity to learn a little about the tea-making process here where they create the green tea that’s known as the world’s best. I also got to view a very fascinating demonstration of the properties of the green tea…it was so quick and fascinating that I didn’t have time to pull out my camera and hit ‘record’. Every time I think back, I really wish I had. I’ll try doing it myself someday.

The Process & Grading

Longjing green tea, also known as dragon well green tea, is grown, handpicked, compacted and dried by hand. No factories, processors or chemicals are involved in the production of the tea. Longjing green tea, like most other green teas produced in China, does not undergo the natural fermentation process where the enzymes in the leaves act on the juices and tissues of the leaves (not the type of fermentation with yeast). The unfermented green tea results in higher quality, healthier green tea. This type of fermentation process is saved for teas such as oolong and black tea.

The quality of longjing green tea depends on the time of the year at which the tea is picked. As a result, a number of grades of green tea is produced. I’m sorry to say my memory is poor but I do believe 4 grades were set before us and were labelled as (lowest to highest) the C-grade, B-grade, A-grade and Emperor-grade. The earlier the tea leaves are picked during spring, the higher the grade is expected to be and the difference between grades is relatively easy to observe.

The Emperor-grade is, by far, the most exceptional there is and, of course, the most expensive of the tea leaves. In fact, I was informed that their village didn’t have to pay as high taxes as other cities because they send Emperor-grade green tea to the government! These tea leaves are usually picked around the middle to end of March, the A-grade in early April, B-grade after mid-April and C-grade after June. Of all the leaves picked, super high quality leaves may be found after March and are rightfully added to the Emperor batch.

Our tea village guide was kind enough to let us know that the worst of the tea leaves are usually used in the tea bags of green tea we see selling in supermarket. No wonder it’s so cheap.

The Antioxidant Demonstration

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