Week 43: Green Tea

25 Oct

Green tea is great for you! And I love foods that are great for you.

My sister is reading Anticancer: A New Way of Life, which discusses how food really is our greatest defense against illness (not just cancer) and the key to living healthy. I’m super on board with this idea, since I’m convinced that all the artificial ingredients and preservatives and awful things they do to our food (check out Food, Inc.) cannot possibly be good for us. I keep my food organic and all natural, and do most of shopping in the produce department.

When Jen told me about the book, she mentioned that the author, Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, is a big advocate of green tea. Green tea has been used for medicinal purposes in China for 4,000 years. About.com points out the health benefits simply:

Today, scientific research in both Asia and the west is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea. For example, in 1994 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent. University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.

The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots.

And green tea is great for you dieters, as well: “Researchers found that men who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract burned more calories than those given only caffeine or a placebo.”

So last weekend when I was at my sister’s house, hanging out with a red power ranger and a cheeseburger (Halloween is coming, and you had better believe I’ll be posting pictures – who doesn’t want to see a 2 year old dressed as a cheeseburger?), Jen and I sat down to have some green tea, my first cup. And you know what? It was delicious. We drank it straight up, but I hear many people like sweeteners in their tea. If that’s your thing, try agave nectar to give it a natural, sweeter taste. (Whatever you do, just don’t use splenda. That would be just about the most blasphemous, unnatural thing you could do to this wonderful, healthy tea.)

If you don’t like straight up green tea, it also is available in all different kinds of flavors. Like lemon or mint? There’s a green tea for you. More of a berry girl (I am), one for you too. There’s ginger, and fruity, and floral even, if that’s your thing. In fact, I’m typing this with a mug of pomegranate green tea in my hand. So, really, go have a cup of green tea and revel in the fact that you are doing an amazing thing for your health.

See? I really am typing and tea-ing.

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One Response to “Week 43: Green Tea”

  1. sweetopiagirl November 26, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

    Reblogged this on inspiredweightloss.

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