The holiday season gets me all excited for special things that are only available this time of year. Cozy sweaters, holiday decorations, Christmas music, the scent of cinnamon swirling in my apartment, and Burdick’s hot chocolate (to name a few). But this year, I discovered a new favorite holiday obsession: decaffeinated Candy Cane Green Tea from Trader Joe’s (which I just discovered is available on Amazon for those of you far from a TJ’s!).
The topic of the health benefits of green tea is quite a controversial one. If you are interested in delving in to some of the research, this article summarizes a lot of the recent studies on the topic. Despite the enthusiasm over the tea’s ability to fight cancer, lower cholesterol, and improve diabetes “real-world evidence is lacking; most of the consistent findings about green tea’s health benefits have come out of the lab.”
But don’t let this dissuade you from warming up with a cup of Trader’s Joe’s holiday version. We do know that green tea is loaded with antioxidants. And THAT should come in handy as the holiday stress begins to mount. Call it fact or fiction, I can’t deny that sipping on a cup of delicious tea does wonders for my mental health…not to mention the boost I may be getting from the antioxidant qualities of green tea.
Do you have any holiday favorites? I’d love to know about them!