Over the past year I’ve been drinking green tea since I heard it can ward off heart disease, which runs on my dad’s side of the family. But now I’m hearing that it actually may be harmful. Should I ditch the habit?

The recent news on green tea dangers comes from a University of Mississippi study, which found that mega-dose supplements can activate cancerous-tumor growth. But the researchers assure it’s perfectly safe and beneficial to enjoy up to three cups daily. While they admit that more research is needed to confirm the negative effects of highly concentrated extracts, they advise supplement takers to opt for lower-concentration brands. That said, I personally recommend drinking even less green tea (maybe no more than a cup a day) because it’s been found to contain high levels of potentially harmful pesticide residue.

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