Regular Green Tea VS Decaffeinated Green Tea

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    Apr 04, 2010 6:40 PM GMT
    I know that green tea has a lot of antioxidant power but I wanted to know if there is any significant difference between regular green tea and decaffeinated green tea. I'm trying not to have too much caffeine. Is the regular one and decaffeinated one pretty similar in terms of their antioxidant quality? I'm assuming that the main difference between the two is that the caffeine is less and everything else remains the same. Thanks for any feedback!
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    Apr 05, 2010 7:03 PM GMT
    I assume that too. . . that the decaf green is as good for you as the regular.

    But I'm not sure. . . I've looked on line for info on that, and haven't found it yet.

    For whatever it's worth. . . right now, I'm drinking decaf green.
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    Apr 05, 2010 7:10 PM GMT
    My understanding is that there isn't that much caffeine to begin with with green tea, thus making the difference between the two in terms of caffeine amounts, negligible. Would be interested in hearing from others...
  • Celticmusl

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    Apr 05, 2010 7:11 PM GMT
    I like my herbs in the most natural form possible. Here is some info that might help:

    "EGCG in decaffeinated green tea
    According to syndicated health columnist Karen Collins (who is also a registered dietitian with the American Institute for Cancer Research in Washington, D.C.), decaffeinated green tea has only one-third as much EGCG as ordinary green tea.

    EGCG, which stands for epigallocatechin gallate, is considered the most potent disease-fighting antioxidant in green tea.

    Some of you may be concerned about your caffeine intake, but remember: Ounce per ounce, not only does green tea have only about a third as much caffeine as coffee, but the polyphenols in green tea slow the body's uptake of that caffeine. Consequently, green tea drinkers don't experience the same "spike" in caffeine in their blood streams, or suffer from the same "crash" that comes later.

    In other words, green tea drinkers are more mellow!

    —Mellow Monk"