Green tea has many benefits and in a new study out of Sweden, participants noticed increased satiety and fullness after they drank 300ml (just over a cup) of green tea with breakfast. They also reported having a less strong desire to eat their favorite food and finding it less pleasant to eat another mouthful of the same food. Hmmm, I wonder if this works for chocolate?
Here are some other great reasons to drink this antioxidant-rich beverage. Thanks to care2.com for these great points.
1. Green tea is a superb fat fighter. Its active ingredient, EGCG, increases the rate at which fat is burned in your body.
2. It targets belly fat. Research at Tufts University indicates that EGCG in green tea, like other catechins, activates fat-burning genes in the abdomen to speed weight loss by 77%.
3. It keeps energy stable by balancing blood sugar levels. EGCG improves insulin use in the body to prevent blood sugar spikes and crashes that can result in fatigue, irritability, and cravings for unhealthy foods. Continue reading “Green Tea Benefits”
I am a coffee lover. I love the smell of it brewing in the coffee pot in the morning, I love the way it tastes and the way it perks me up in the morning (pun intended). However, I am a three cup (at least) coffee drinker per day, and I know the beating it takes on my adrenal glands, and waistline ( I add sugar and cream to it) … and I know this isn’t good.
So, starting today, I am going to go cold turkey and switch to green tea (I drink it black). The reason I chose green tea is not only because of its health benefits, but because it is also contains caffeine, although only about a quarter of what is found in a cup of coffee. I do need a little caffeine in the morning. According to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database compiled by the Editors of Pharmcist’s Letter, green tea may possibly be effective for mental alertness, bladder cancer, esophogeal cancer, pancreatic cancer, cervical dysplasia, cholesterol, hyoptension, ovarian cancer, Parkinson’s and weight loss, just to name a few.
Continue reading “Going for Green Tea”
During many years working in fragile tropical ecosystems, I have wrestled with the knotty dilemma of selecting sunscreen. One in five Americans will have a brush with skin cancer: a million cases are diagnosed each year. How do we protect ourselves and our children from UVA & UVB rays while not leaving behind a damaging chemical footprint? Continue reading “Green Sunscreen, Safe Sunscreen”