Is Green Tea A Fad Or A Real Health Boost?

Green tea is a popular health trend, with many people sipping in hopes of deriving benefits from the brew.

There’s nothing wrong with that, dietitians say — green tea is a healthy drink loaded with antioxidants. But the jury’s still out on many of its purported health benefits.

“Clinical trials related to green tea are still in their early stages,” said Nancy Farrell Allen, a registered dietitian nutritionist in Fredericksburg, Va. “I say drink it, enjoy it. It’s not going to hurt, and it might have worthy benefits to it. But nutrition is a science, and it takes time for our understanding to evolve.”

Green tea’s potential health benefits derive from catechins, which are powerful antioxidant compounds known as