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Can green tea help you lose weight? Absolutely. Does having it in the form of ice cream or noodles count? Not quite. If you want to reap the maximum weight-loss benefits of epigallocatechin gallate, a.k.a. EGCG, a health-boosting antioxidant that’s found in green tea, you might want to consume this herbal drink the right way. Yep, believe it or not, there’s actually a right and wrong way to drink green tea. From “Does the brand matter?” to “Does it expire?” here are seven of your most common questions regarding green tea answered.

Do you get the same benefits with flavored green teas?

Yes, but if the flavoring contains added sugar or artificial sweeteners, it can wreak havoc on you and your waistline, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. Opt for plain green tea whenever you can.

What about iced green tea?

The benefits are still there, but iced teas are often watered down, minimizing the effectiveness of the green tea.

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