Green Tea Obsession

"Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one."
- Ancient Chinese Proverb

I love love love anything "green tea". If it says it has green tea in it - I'm going to try it. I love the taste of green tea and more importantly, I love the health benefits. I have been working hard to get my husband to join my green tea bandwagon, but alas he still thinks it tastes like dishwater. How does he know what dishwater tastes like? I don't know. It might have something to do with profanity and his youth. We would have to contact his dear departed mother on that one.

The Miracle of Green Tea

Is any other food or drink reported to have as many health benefits as green tea? The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea since ancient times, using it to treat everything from headaches to depression.

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.

What makes green tea so special?

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. Since it is such a powerful antioxidant, EGCG may help prevent both heart disease and cancer.

Other Benefits

New evidence is emerging that green tea can even help dieters. In November, 1999, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published the results of a study at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. 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.

Green tea can even help prevent tooth decay! Just as its bacteria-destroying abilities can help prevent food poisoning, it can also kill the bacteria that causes dental plaque. Meanwhile, skin preparations containing green tea - from deodorants to creams - are starting to appear on the market.

Harmful Effects?

To date, the only negative side effect reported from drinking green tea is insomnia due to the fact that it contains natural caffeine. However, green tea contains less caffeine than coffee.

I like my green tea in many forms - try these delicious products - hey they are good for you(OK maybe not the Haagen Dazs - but who cares).

Lipton Green Tea to Go Packets - Put this in your bottled water and you will have all the extra energy you need to shop a few more hours. Energy without the extra calories too!

Red Mango Green Tea Yogurt - So yummy and refreshing. About 100 calories for a small. Plus it's certified gluten free. (I don't know exactly what that means, but it's supposed to be good for you).

Haagen-Dazs Green Tea Ice Cream (Janaan discovered this while on a trip to Tokyo, lucky for us it is now available in the good ole' USA all the time now!). Let's just not go there on the calories. Just enjoy it and forget about your hips.

Starbucks Green Tea Frappuccino - A yummy blended drink - to cut the calories do not add sweetener and remember to say "no whip".

Starbucks Green Tea Latte - This one is great hot or over ice - again to cut calories cut out the sweetener and the whip cream.


Kim said...

OK Pam, I have to agree with the hubby on this one.....I had my first Lipton green tea with honey and it tasted yuck! Of course now that I have read this I will have to try it again....maybe the Starbks frap...

Pam said...

Ah Kim - Yeah you might not want to start with the hard core type - get the sweetener and go for a Frapp or the Haagen Dazs. It really helps me have more energy and less headaches. It keeps me from too many Diet Dr. Peppers too.

Ashley said...

Careful. Anything with green tea stains the teeth really bad. . . I remove more green staining than anything.