Weight Loss and Superfoods – Green Tea

Oct 18

Weight Loss and Superfoods – Green Tea

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Benefits of Green TeaOk, and now for something yummy!

I’m not a huge fan of coffee. In fact, unless it’s a Starbuck’s specialty coffee with enough flavouring, sugar, syrup, and whipped cream to mask the flavour, I don’t drink it at all.

I am, however, a HUGE fan of tea – usually ordinary black tea (sorry for you tea enthusiasts – I don’t currently care whether it’s Orange Pekoe, English Breakfast, or whatever, as long as it’s black) with milk and Sucanat. Yummmm. I’m of the opinion that intravenous tea should be a viable option for all earthlings.

I know that black tea has its benefits, but because I really don’t like it without my milk and sugar (and believe me, I’ve tried!) I choose to look to Green Tea as my “health drink” and let my milky sweet black tea be my main vice! I don’t really like the taste of green tea, to be honest, but to me it’s just a drink, so I don’t mind. My black tea, however, is NOT just a drink. It’s a “moment”. Ahhhh.

Now I don’t know much about green tea, so I did some research, and here’s what I found:

According to an article on WebMD.com,

More than a decade’s worth of research about green tea’s health benefits — particularly its potential to fight cancer and heart disease — has been more than intriguing, as have limited studies about green tea’s role in lowering cholesterol, burning fat, preventing diabetes and stroke, and staving off dementia.

AmazingGreenTea.com shares that

The 2007 report published by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) compares nearly 400 foods for their flavonoid content.

It shows why regular green tea is the healthiest. It seems that the longer green tea has been processed, the more nutrients it loses.

  • 100 millimeters of regular brewed green tea contains 127 milligrams of catechins.
  • Decaffeinated green tea contains only 56 milligrams.
  • Flavored green tea has 43 milligrams.
  • Disappointingly, instant green tea has only 12 milligrams.

Green tea is very high in antioxidants. The “Relax, Sip and Enjoy” site gives us some of the details:

Tea contains vitamins A, C, and E as well as health-promoting compounds called Flavonoids. The flavonoids, called polyphenols, act as antioxidants that counter the effects of reactive oxygen molecules that result from normal body functions and contribute to aging and chronic disease.

One subgroup of polyphenols, called catechins, is abundant in green tea (China Green Tea – Japan Green Tea), especially tea made from the very top of the bush. Catechins were discovered in the 1970s, when medical researchers were looking for the reason people in Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture – a major tea-growing area – had much lower rates of cancer than other Japanese, even when they were very heay smokers. One catechin in particular, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg), is found in no other plant than tea, and it’s one of the most potent antioxidants yet discovered – up to twenty times stronger than Vitamin E. Numerous studies have found EGCg to be effective in preventing and inhibiting cancer growth.

Catechins make up as much as 30 percent of the dry weight of green tea leaves, but only three to ten percent of black tea. Steeping the leaves for three to five minutes releases the optimal amount of catechins.

The part I like best about drinking green tea is that it’s great for weight loss! ColonHealth.net says that Green Tea Boosts Metabolic Weight Loss by revving up your metabolism, inhibiting fat absorption, regulating your glucose levels, and reducing your appetite (yes!!) Take a look at their site if you want more information.

Now, everyone knows there’s an art to making any kind of tea. If you’re visiting me, I’ll take the time to brew a really nice pot of tea (as long as you don’t tell anyone that when I’m on my own, I just nuke it!) Green tea is a little more effort, however, so I did some research there, too. WikiHow.com will lead you through the process step-by-step (reminding you that for green tea, the water should never boil or it becomes bitter!)

Finally, how much should you drink? Well, I’m never going to give up my black tea – and I drink about 3 cups of that a day – and I drink 2 cups of lemon tea a day, and I drink 3 cups of vinegar tonic, and two glasses of water at least, so my liquid intake is already quite high. My goal is to drink a minimum of 2 large cups of green tea each day – one mid morning, and one mid-afternoon.

How about you? Do you drink green tea? Do you enjoy it? What’s your favourite kind?

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  1. I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with superfoods, green foods, Bio greens,- The powdered up form of many veggies, fruits, and other extracts that are supposed to help lose weight and increase overall health? Has this worked for anyone?


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