Green tea literally blasts away flab! Researchers attribute the fat-burning properties of green tea to catechins, specifically EGCG — the name of a group of antioxidative compounds that blast adipose tissue by revving the metabolism, increasing the release of fat from fat cells (particularly in the belly), and then speeding up the liver’s fat burning capacity. It gets better: Research suggests that combining regular green-tea drinking with exercise may maximize the weight loss benefits. In one study, participants who combined a daily habit of 4-5 cups of green tea with a 25-minute workout lost 2 more pounds than the non-tea-drinking exercisers. ....
Green tea is unoxidized and most closely resembles the original plucked leaf—a small springtime leaf bud that contains abundant nutrients and oils sent up from the roots after a period of winter dormancy. Green tea is admired for its freshness and fleeting nature (it has a short shelf life of 6–8 months). The most prized green teas in China are referred to as pre-Qing Ming, or “before the spring festival,” which falls in early April. Green tea comes in different shapes—flat, needlelike, curled like a snail, rolled into balls, or in fine twists.