Green Tea or Adarak Chai?

Adarak Tea in a cup and lots of books

“Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage”

– Catherine Douzel

The Size Zero Myth:

#Myth 1- It is rich in Antioxidants!A stupid hippo staring into a mirror and imagining to be slimmer than it actually is.

Yes, I have read this everywhere. Antioxidant (don’t know how is it beneficial, but sounds complex, so should be really healthy) is the in thing nowadays. Everyone I know drinks green tea. (What the heck, they must have done scientific research already, why do I need to do extra work).

Green tea leafs

#Myth 2- Drinking Green Tea will result in Weight Loss.

I ate one full tandoori chicken, a plate of chicken wings, mutton biriyani and yeah honey & hazelnut ice cream with extra chocolate (The secret to making anything taste better is more chocolate). Oh, not to worry, I won’t gain weight as I am going to drink lots of green tea to melt whatever I ate and it is going to be washed out.

Woman drinking tea

#Myth 3- You can drink Green Tea as much as you like safely.

The more I drink, the more fat will I melt. I should drink it after every burger, pizza or pastry I eat.

Pouring hot water in a cup of tea

#Myth 4- Black Tea Has More Caffeine.

Black Tea or Adarak Chai is a villain for my weight loss. I should quote every possible fault with Black Tea and Adarak Chai (I will drink many cups of them on my cheat day as it’s my favourite). Definitely caffeine content in them must be higher than my fat buster green tea.

Hot steaming tea in a cup and kettle

#Myth 5- The Chinese are slim and trim because they only drink Green Tea.

Green Tea is originated in China. Have you seen Chinese people? So thin and pretty. It’s all because of the magical Green Tea.

Green tea in a chinese cup

#Myth 6- Herbal tea is best for me if I have anxiety.

Anything herbal is always ‘the best’ for my health.

Herbal tea on a picnic basket outside in garden of daisies

The Wise Hero Reality:

A wise tortoise carrying a book and a chemical beaker1. What are Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are compounds (mostly vitamins & minerals) which prevent damage from free radicals (by-products of normal metabolic reactions and are carcinogenic in nature) in the body.

Creation of free radical from a molecule

2. Antioxidants alone are useless.

Free radical neutralized by antioxidant

Antioxidants can work only in the presence of carbohydrates, protein and fats. But most of us drink Green Tea to either kill our hunger or delay our meals rich in macronutrients, the antioxidants will be rendered useless.

3. A large amount of Antioxidant is needed to really benefit.

For you to really benefit from Green Tea you will have to drink many teas which will only cause acidity, heartburn, bloating, mask your hunger and make you overeat at a later time.

Two cups of Green tea

4. Black, Oolong, White & Green tea are extracted from the same plant.

Black, Oolong, White and Green teas are all made from the same plant (Camellia sinensis) but differ in their methods of preparation.

Tea leaves in a basket plucked from Tea plantation farm

All tea leaves are withered, rolled and heated, but black teas go through an oxidative process known as fermentation before the final heating process. Oolong teas are partially fermented. Green Teas are not fermented. White tea is steamed rapidly and then dried (involves slightly less processing compared to Green Tea). Different Colour is achieved because of different tea processing. Hence all of them have antioxidants.

5. Black, Oolong, White & Green tea have a similar amount of caffeine.

Green, Black, White & Oolong Tea are produced from the same plant. Black tea is created from the green leaves of green tea, but the procedure for creating black leaves zero impact on the amount of caffeine. Similarly, all types of tea have caffeine in the similar amount.

3 different varieties of tea in cups

6. Black Tea or Adarak Chai is also rich in Antioxidants.

Normal Masala Chai is also rich in antioxidants and let’s accept the truth, masala chai tastes refreshing and much better (I know few people who say they like the bitter taste of green tea, I strongly believe they need to visit an ENT). Unfortunately, though, black and other teas are somehow just not sold to you with that marketing tag, that’s all.

Masalas used to make masala tea

7. Herbal Tea- Well, it’s not a TEA.

Well, drinking herbal tea might calm your senses, but the truth is that it’s not tea at all! Tea comes from the plant Camellia Sinensis. But herbal teas are infusions that make use of flowers, fruit extracts and sometimes barks of other medicinal trees and plants. Most of them actually have little to no ‘tea content’ in them, so they do not really qualify for tea in the true sense of the word. The technical term to describe these ‘mock teas’ is Tisanes. And some do actually contain polyphenols found in tea, but not the caffeine.

Herbal tea in a cup

8. Choosing the tea that agrees with your taste-buds.

All the different varieties of tea are rich in different types of antioxidants. The body (through the tastebuds) often shows you exactly which nutrients your body requires and if you follow your taste-buds while choosing your tea, you inadvertently pick up the exact antioxidants that your body craves.

A table set with a tea cup, tea pot and daffodils

You can’t buy Happiness but you can buy Tea, that’s kind of the same thing. I say let the world go to hell, but you should always have your favourite cup of Tea.


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26 Comments Add yours

  1. Subodh says:

    Good one 😉

    1. the wise hero says:

      Thank you. Glad you liked it.

  2. Andi says:

    I absolutely love green tea and have been lucky to buy it in Japan and China. I drink it all the time!

    1. the wise hero says:

      Great going. I myself am not a fan of green tea. Maybe cos I have had local brands. Will definitely try authentic green tea and try it out. I am a masala tea fan since childhood.

  3. themomnoms says:

    I believed the caffeine myth, I always drink green tea in the afternoon when I want less caffeine. Thank you for showing me the error of my ways. I still prefer green tea over most teas though, the flavor just makes me happy.

    1. the wise hero says:

      Thanks for reading. I myself believed in all these myths till few months ago. If you love green tea then that is what you should have. As I have been living in India, I am addicted to masala chai 🙂

  4. colleen wool says:

    I drink green tea. It has so many health benefits.

    1. the wise hero says:

      Drink green tea if you really like it because all types of tea have same health benefit.

  5. Glenda K. says:

    I love drinking tea because of all the antioxidant and great benefits it has. I didn’t know black tea had more caffeine. I guess I need to stay away from it because caffeine aggravates my stomach.

    1. the wise hero says:

      Hey, black tea does have caffeine but so does green tea and oolong too. It is a myth that only black tea has caffeine. As I also believed the same. That is why I have tried clearing this myth via this article.

  6. I love tea! I order mine loose leaf and love having a sellection of difference flavors and types. This article was great, good to have a reminder about the benefits

    1. the wise hero says:

      Thanks for reading. Glad to hear you enjoy your tea the way you like to have it. Good to hear that you liked the article. Have a great day.

  7. Jennifer L says:

    Great read! I love tea in general so I’m usually drinking green, black, chai, etc all the time. Definitely my warm drink of choice.

    1. the wise hero says:

      Hey, I do the same. Chai is my fav though. Thanks for reading.

  8. Chemady says:

    I love green tea and I drink it almost everyday. It has many health benefits.

  9. Great information and thank you for debunking these myths and setting us straight!!

  10. jhilmil says:

    Oh, I always thought Green tea is the best & I can drink as much as I want:0 , really bad of me. Thanks for this info!

  11. I do love tea! I haven’t had it in a while though. I really need to pick some up.

  12. Lisa says:

    Those are interesting myths and facts about green tea! I didn’t know most of those – I don’t drink green tea, and I don’t think I’ll start!

  13. needa says:

    initially green tea works for me in weight loss but now it doesn’t seems like.. I will try black tea.. Great info added.. Thanks

  14. I really enjoyed reading this post and learning more about the various teas. I’ve grown to love a variety of teas, even mint.

  15. Amrita says:

    I love all sorts of tea. I start my day with green tea though .This was a fin read .Adrak chai is childhood favourite and still comfort food

  16. Milica says:

    I prefer coffee over tea any time. Anyways, I found so many things I didn’t know reading this post. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Anosa says:

    I love your myth busted posts and thanks for this I am a little wiser now about the green tea

  18. I should definitely show this post to my mom. :’D And honestly, neither I am a tea or a coffee person but this post was fun to read! 😀

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  19. Deimarys says:

    I honestly did not know this. I, have fallen for the green tea myth. Thank you for sharing this.

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