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Digital Subscriptions > Healthy Magazine > September 2016 > FOCUS ON GREEN TEA


This exotic relation of Britain’s favourite brew can keep you trim and look after your heart, says dietician Carrie Ruxton
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Black and green tea both come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, so you’d expect them to have similar health benefits but, in fact, green wins out. It contains large amounts of special compounds called catechins [a disease fighting antioxidant], which are retained as a result of minimal processing. Green tea is simply steamed, rolled and dried, whereas black leaves are also left out in the open air, which allows different plant compounds, such as theaflavins [another type of antioxidant], to develop. They’re still beneficial, but in a different way. Green tea has a refreshing, though slightly bitter taste, and a lower caffeine content – around 40mg per cup, compared with 50mg for black tea and 80-100mg for coffee.

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This issue, healthy is packed with expert know-how and inspirational ideas to keep your wellness on track throughout late summer. Meet the winner of our nationwide Face of healthy competition: we’ve picked a real-life beauty to be our cover star. We’ve also explored what it means to #Loveorganic in the real world, including how and when to buy organic produce. Plus, we’ve hunted far and wide for 33 tempting eat-well ideas for you to experiment with. Restore your balance and wellbeing with your digital issue of healthy.

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