The right cup of tea for good health?
September 11, 1997
Web posted at: 7:22 p.m. EDT (2322 GMT)
LAS VEGAS (CNN) -- Green tea contains twice the
disease-fighting punch as red wine, according to new research
presented Thursday at an American Chemical Society meeting in
Researchers from The University of Kansas measured the
antioxidant content of green tea and found that it is 100
times more effective than vitamin C and 25 times better than
vitamin E at protecting cells from damage believed linked to
cancer, heart disease and other illnesses.
This is the first research to quantify the effectiveness of
green tea's disease-fighting capabilities and measure it
against other popular antioxidants.
The researchers also found that the disease-fighting compound
in green tea, EGCG, is twice as powerful as resveratrol,
which is found in red wine.
But Mark Kantor, associate professor of nutrition and food
science at the University of Maryland, cautioned consumers to
digest the new information carefully.
"No one really knows for sure if these compounds give
protection against cancer and heart disease. So it's very
premature to make comparisons between foods with the
implication that one food is healthier than another
food," he said.
Green tea has been the focus of nutrition research because of
population studies linking green tea consumption with lower
rates of cancer and heart disease.
However, no researchers are saying that consuming green tea
or red wine will counteract the effects of a bad diet.