Jun 2008
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Edited By Eric Adams
Men's Health Magazine
June 2008

Beverage companies have developed their own lines of bottled green tea to cash in on the brew's ever-expanding roster of health benefits. But some brands are nutritional busts. We commissioned ChromaDex Laboratories to analyze 14 different teas for their levels of catechins, the ultrapowerful antioxidants that may help prevent prostate cancer and a host of other diseases. Their findings: The amount of catechins (including a particularly potent kind called EGCG) varied widely, due to the different types of unfermented leaves and brewing methods used. The best? Honest Tea's Organic Honey Green Tea. It's the king of catechins, with only a smidgen of sugar.

For the complete results of our test, go to www.MensHealth.com/greentea.

Honest Tea Organic Honey Green Tea (16.9 fl oz)
Catechins/EGCG: 215 mg/71 mg
Calories: 74
Caffeine: 97 mg
Taste: Well balanced and slightly sweet, with citrusy notes.

Harney & Sons Organic Green (16 fl oz)
Catechins/EGCG: 183 mg/59 mg
Calories: 40
Caffeine: 86 mg
Taste: Heavy citrus notes and no cloying sweetness

Lipton Pureleaf Green Tea with Honey (16 fl oz)
Catechins/EGCG: 97 mg/22 mg
Calories: 22
Caffeine: 130 mg
Taste: Earthy, nicely sweet

Snapple Asian Pear Green Tea (17.5 fl oz)
Catechins/EGCG: 46 mg/25 mg
Calories: 120
Caffeine: 31 mg
Taste: A heavy dose of honey flavor, but no detectable pear taste

Arizona Green Tea with Ginseng and Honey (20 fl oz)
Catechins/EGCG: 39 mg/5 mg
Calories: 175
Caffeine: 25 mg
Taste: More like a syrupy soda

Ito En Tea's Tea Lemongrass Green (16.9 fl oz)
Catechins/EGCG: 28 mg/6 mg
Calories: 0
Caffeine: 48 mg
Taste: Earthy, savory flavor

The Republic of Tea Pomegranate Green (16.9 fl oz)
Catechins/EGCG: 9 mg/0.4 mg
Calories: 0
Caffeine: 0.25 mg
Taste: Floral notes, no tea taste