Green tea: is it good or bad for our health?

Aside from water, tea is one of the most frequently consumed beverages in Australia, along with coffee and milk. Half of the Australian population enjoys at least one cup of tea a week, which includes wither black tea, white tea or green tea. Many beneficial health effects have been attributed to drinking green tea. However, a recent scientific opinion by the European Food Safety Authority published in March 2018 warned of the risk of liver damage with high consumption of green tea, especially in a form of food supplements containing high amounts of green tea extract and its components. This article covers the chemical composition of green tea, its positive and the negative effects to human health according to the current scientific findings and the risk exposure of the Australian consumer.

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