Get Cool and Healthy with Green Tea
Tea contains cancer-fighting compounds called polyphenols and flavonoids. One group of these compounds, catechins, is found in much higher amounts in green tea, because it is processed differently from black tea.
Green tea has been a beverage of choice throughout China and Japan for centuries. AICR grantees and other scientists in Western countries have confirmed green tea's protective potential in laboratory studies. They have found that green tea may slow or prevent cancer development in colon, liver, breast and prostate cells. Other studies have shown possible protection in tissues of the lung, skin and digestive tract.
But findings from human trials on green tea and cancer prevention have been inconclusive, for both green tea as a beverage and green tea supplements. Still, as the research continues, green tea is a wise choice for a healthy beverage in a balanced, plant-based diet.
Here's a delicious way to prepare a refreshing green tea drink using cranberry juice – a source of vitamin C and other antioxidants called proanthocyanidins, which show anti-cancer properties in lab studies.
Sparkling Cranberry-Green Tea Cooler with Citrus
- 3 cups water
- 2 green tea bags
- 2 mint tea bags
- 1/2 cup frozen concentrated 100% juice cranberry blend
- 1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 cup chilled club soda
- 1 whole lime, sliced into wedges
- Mint leaves
Bring water just to boil. Measure 3 cups (24 oz.) water and brew green tea and mint tea for 2-3 minutes. Cool in refrigerator.
When tea is chilled, mix well with frozen concentrated juices and lime juice. When ready to serve, add club soda, pour into glasses and add ice as desired. Serve with lime wedges and fresh mint.
Makes 6 servings.
Per serving: 70 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 18 g carbohydrate 0 g protein, 0 g fiber, 0 mg sodium
- Get more information on tea and cancer prevention research:
Tea and Cancer Prevention: Strengths and Limits of the Evidence.
- See this issue's advice for seasonal grilling.