— ConsumerLab Tests Identify Best Green Tea in Bags, Matcha, Supplements, and Bottles —
White Plains, New York, May 10, 2018 — The benefits of green tea use are associated with the presence of natural polyphenols known as catechins, such as EGCG. But how much EGCG is really in green tea products on the market, and how do these products compare in terms of quality, cost, and taste?
To find out, ConsumerLab recently tested 30 popular green tea supplements, brewable and bottled teas, and matcha powders sold in the U.S., carefully checking their amounts of EGCG and total catechins, which are not always listed on labels, as well as testing for amounts of caffeine, and for contamination with lead, cadmium and arsenic. ConsumerLab also compared the cost to obtain an equivalent amount of EGCG from the products.
The tests revealed the amount of EGCG in green tea supplements varied widely, from just 20 mg to 500 mg per daily serving, and one supplement contained only about half of the amount claimed. Three products were found to contain less caffeine than listed on their labels.
EGCG in brewable and bottled teas ranged from about 20 mg to 80 mg per cup, while matcha powders provided 73 mg to 119 mg per cup (based on about 1 teaspoon of powder). The cost to obtain 200 mg of EGCG ranged from as little as 5 cents to over $6.00 across the products.
Although lead was present in the leaves of brewable green teas, the majority of this was retained in the leaves, leaving little in brewed liquids. The matcha powders were also very low in lead and no product exceeded limits for cadmium or arsenic.
The Review includes test results and quality comparisons for 30 green tea products: 12 supplements, 10 brewable green teas, four matcha powders, and four bottled green tea beverages. These include 26 selected for testing by ConsumerLab.com and four green tea supplements that passed the same testing through CL's voluntary Quality Certification Program. Products covered in the review are: Bigelow Green Tea — Decaffeinated, Celestial Seasonings Green Tea (K-Cup), Davidson's Organics Gunpowder Green, GNC Herbal Plus Green Tea Complex, Green Foods Organic Matcha Green Tea, Harney & Sons Organic Green, HerbaSway HerbaGreen, Honest Tea Green Tea with Honey, Ito En Oi Ocha Unsweetened Green Tea, Jade Leaf Organic Japanese Matcha, Kirkland (Costco) Green Tea A Blend of Sencha/Matcha, Kiss Me Organics Organic Matcha, Kroger Green Tea, Life Extension Mega Green Tea Extract, Lipton Green Tea, NOW EGCg Green Tea Extract, Numi Organic Tea Gunpowder Green, Organic Kenko Tea Matcha, Organic Matcha DNA, Pure Leaf Unsweetened Green Tea, Salada Green Tea Naturally Decaffeinated, Solgar Green Tea Leaf Extract, Spring Valley [Walmart] Green Tea, Superfoods by MRM Raw Matcha Green Tea Powder, Swanson Superior Herbs Green Tea Extract, Trader Joe's Specialty Teas Decaffeinated Green Tea, Twinings 100% Organic Pure Green, Vitacost Green Tea Extract, Whole Foods Market Green Tea and Zhou Green Tea Extract.
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