Disadvantages of Green Tea

Posted on May 1 2014 - 10:00am by poonam

Disadvantages of Green Tea

Green Tea is no doubt very useful and beneficial for our health as it helps in fighting signs of ageing, reducing weight & cholesterol, boosts immune system and reduces the chances of catching infections along with many others like preventing cancer and reducing the chances of getting diabetic. We have already discussed about the Health and Beauty benefits of green tea (Here and Here) but, at the same time, it contains caffeine which when consumed in large proportions can show its side-effects on the body. So, today I am listing few side effects of drinking Green Tea which can crop up when consumed in large volumes.

Disadvantages Of Green Tea

  • Pregnant womenare advised to avoid Green Tea as it contains EGCG which can interfere with the child’s growth & can create complications.
    • Here is how it effects – The EGCG in the green tea is structurally almost the same as another compound called methotrexate. This compound, when combined with an enzyme called DHFR (dihydrofolate reductase) is known to help kill cancerous cells. The same enzyme also helps in converting the folate (which is a nutrient) into what the body needs in order to support normal functions. Because of the chemical similarity of the EGCG with the methotrexate, this will also combine with the DHFR and when this happens, the folate processing is affected.

SO, consult with your doctor before starting with Green Tea during pregnancy. The danger only comes when there is a daily consumption of multiple cups of green tea which it might cause low birth weight, premature birth and even fetal death.

  • Green tea contains caffeine, which may be unsuitable for you if you are suffering from any nervous disorders or hypertension or under medication because Caffeine may worsen these conditions or interact with medications meant to control them. So speak to your doctor prior to drinking green.
  • If you are Sensitive to Caffeine then problems like sleeping disorders, nausea, restlessness, frequent urination and loss of appetite may crop up. The problems related to the stomach are most common among the people taking the tea. Thus, it is advised either to take the tea in fewer amounts or completely eliminate drinking it.
  • Children in their growing year don’t require consuming Green Tea. There are so many changes happening in the body, so young children are advised not to drink coffee or tea. Consumption of Green Tea isn’t the right choice as their body may not be comfortable and it may interfere with their growth harmones.
  • Intake of Green tea in large amounts can pose danger to the kidney as well as the liver.

There are some disadvantages of green tea but these will only be witnessed when Green Tea is consumed in larger volumes. Green tea doesn’t pose any health threats with average intake (2-3 cups daily) but, it’s fair to warn you of the complications which may arise. Too much of everything is bad and the same holds true for Green tea.

So, drink this wonder herb in moderation and it will not pose any risk.


16 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. HarineMay 2, 2014 at 11:16 AM - Reply

    Poo, very shocking but interesting post. I didnt know there were so many cons to green tea. I have been lately drinking quite a lot of green tea for weight reduction. Thanks for such a lovely post.

    • poonamMay 2, 2014 at 12:13 PM - Reply

      yeah.. Harine.. It was shocking for me too.. but now i learnt taht everything has its cons.. and it is truly said that excess of everything is bad!! .. but dont worry sweets.. if u r consuming it in moderation.. it wont impact.. 🙂

  2. Lisha@HeartBowsMakeupMay 2, 2014 at 11:28 AM - Reply

    Since we’re so used to reading articles on the benefits of green tea this post was a nice change! Thanks for sharing Poo and kudos to you for always coming up with such unique posts!

    • poonamMay 2, 2014 at 12:23 PM - Reply

      ^_^ .. thansk a tonn Lisha for your wonderful words.. but yes we get carrried away by the benefits of a particular product and ocmpletely frgt if there can be any side effect s too.. 🙂

  3. monicaMay 2, 2014 at 11:38 AM - Reply

    hi poonam, a nice article on green tea. I would just like to add here that not all green teas have caffeine. you can try organic india’s tulsi original green tea, if you want, it is 100% caffeine free.:)

    • poonamMay 2, 2014 at 2:30 PM - Reply

      Hey Monica.. thanks for sharing your thoughts.. actually I have used that Organic herbal tea only… its just to make ppl aware that all green tea’s are not that safe when consumed in excess!! 🙂

  4. milyMay 2, 2014 at 1:36 PM - Reply

    yes this definitely is something we dont see often…i drink 2 cups of green tea everyday so i guess it wont cause any issue..also it is a better substitute for our usual chai and coffee definitely…

    • poonamMay 2, 2014 at 2:26 PM - Reply

      yup milyy.. absolutely true.. 2 cups are just good enough..!!
      I like that green tea is fat free free and calorie free unlike teas and coffess.. just boiled herbal water.. 😀

  5. laksMay 2, 2014 at 6:23 PM - Reply

    Yay! I hate green tea .:D I know it’s really good for health and weight loss but I just couldn’t develop a taste towards green tea 🙁

    • poonamMay 3, 2014 at 6:48 AM - Reply

      hahha.. than you dont need to worry abt all this.. 😉

  6. Jhilmil D SahaMay 2, 2014 at 10:58 PM - Reply

    Thanks for the share dear…I’m addicted to green tea and every morning I have to have a cup 😛

    • poonamMay 4, 2014 at 7:52 AM - Reply

      My pleasure honey.. thats great dear.. I need a glass of warm water.. 😉

  7. SwatiMay 3, 2014 at 12:13 AM - Reply

    This post is great! So many people drink green tea even without knowing if it will benificial or harmful to them.
    I am yet to develop a taste for it though 😀

    • poonamMay 3, 2014 at 6:49 AM - Reply

      Thanks Swati.. I had just heard of its benefits.. but now I know all the pros and cons of it! 🙂

  8. PinksMay 3, 2014 at 4:20 AM - Reply

    Nice useful information dear.

    • poonamMay 3, 2014 at 6:45 AM - Reply

      Thanksss Pinks.. 🙂

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