What’s the best way to boost metabolism with green tea, brewed tea or powders?

The benefits of epigallocatechin gallate(EGCG)—green tea’s active ingredient—will be the same regardless of whether you choose a brew or a powder. (And those benefits are terrific: New research shows that compounds in green tea can reduce fat absorption by 30 percent, plus increase metabolism by 33 percent for up to 24 hours.) So it really just comes down to how much tea you want to drink a day.

It takes four cups of brewed green tea daily to get the study-proven dose, which many of my clients feel is too much. They find it easier to consume a daily teaspoon of matcha. This powdered form of green tea contains up to 137 times more EGCG than the leafy stuff, so you can consume less of it to get the desired benefits. To use, simply whisk the powder into hot water to create an earthy, flavorful tea. You can also stir the powder into yogurt and smoothies or even bake it into muffins and cakes to give the treats a healthy kick.

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