Tags: Beverages, Dutch East Indies, Food, Green, greentea, Health effects of tea, Low-density lipoprotein, Tea
A little about one of my favorite drinks, Green Tea!
Ingredient of the Week – Green Tea
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Green tea is regarded as being the second most popular beverage, behind water, around the world. However, given its plethora of health advantages, it should be first. From its refreshing taste to distinct color, there are a multitude of reasons to support why this drink should be incorporated into your diet.
History: Green tea is said to have first been used in China over 4,000 years ago. There are various legends that tell of the discovery of green tea. According to a Chinese legend, Emperor Shen-Nung discovered the tea in 2737 B.C. when leaves from a tea bush fell into a pot of water he was boiling. Other legends tell of a Chinese countryman who found the tea while on his walk. The tea plant was later discovered to also produce Oolong, black, and red teas, although green tea still remains to be the most popular type of tea in China.
Tea culture was spread to Java, the Dutch East Indies, and other tropical and subtropical areas by the 9th century A.D. In the 16th century, traders from Europe sailing to and from the Far East introduced Europeans to the drink and it became the national beverage of England soon after.
Tea came to the Americas with American colonists and the popularity of the drink led to the British tea tax in 1767. The rest, as they say, is history.
In cooking: The ideal choice of water to brew tea in is spring water, followed by filter water. The minerals removed in distilled water result in the tea tasting flat, which is why it should not be used.
When brewing loose leaves of tea, using a food scale will help measure the right tea to water ratio. Three grams of tea to five ounces is adequate for small teapots, while four grams of tea may be used per eight ounces of water. Green tea should be brewed at a lower temperature of 160-170°F and should be brewed for 30 seconds to one minute.
Some alternative ways to enjoy green tea are:
• Make a green tea chai by brewing green tea in hot vanilla soy milk and top it with cinnamon, black pepper, ginger, and allspice.
• Combine cooled green tea with fruit juice such as peach or papaya and sweeten it with a teaspoon of honey per cup. Blend the mix and pour it over ice.
• Brew 1-2 teaspoons of loose leaf green tea in 8 ounces of water for 20-30 minutes to develop flavor and add it to marinades, dressings, soups and sauces.
Benefits: Green tea drinkers appear to have a lower risk for a wide range of diseases. Its powers are virtually limitless and can prevent simple infections to cancer, strokes, and osteoporosis.
Green tea is the least processed tea and therefore provides the most antioxidants. Research linked to health benefits of green tea are based on approximately three cups per day, although even one cup will do a world of wonders to your body and overall health.
According to whfoods.com, in a European study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in August 2006, tea was found to be a healthier choice of beverage than almost any other, including pure water. This is because green tea not only rehydrates but also provides polyhenols which protect against heart disease.
In Japanese studies, green tea consumption has been linked to reduce the risk of coronary artery disease. It has also been shown to lower the risk of atherosclerosis by lowering LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, lipid peroxides, and fibrinogen, all while improving the ratio of good to bad cholesterol.
Green tea catechins help thin the blood and prevent the formation of blood clots by preventing the formation of pro-inflammatory compounds derived from omega-6 fatty acids.
Green tea minimizes heart cell death after a heart attack or stroke and speeds up the heart’s cells recovery from damage, allowing for tissues to recover and prevent damage to organs.
Polyphenols found in green tea halt prostate cancer at multiple levels by mobilizing several molecular pathways that shut down the proliferation and spread of tumor cells while inhibiting the growth of blood vessels.
Consumption of green tea has been linked to enhance survival in women with ovarian cancer.
The tea’s ability to inhibit telomerase may help children with common malignant brain tumors. It may also reduce the increased risk for colon cancer caused by a high fat diet.
If you smoke, or are around someone who smokes, drinking green tea can provide protection against lung cancer.
Population studies suggest that consuming green tea may prevent the formation of type 2 diabetes.
Green tea protects against liver and kidney disease. Research has also shown that drinking green tea may significantly increase bone mineral density and provide bone benefits similar to those you would obtain through exercise and calcium.
Green tea promotes fat loss, specifically the loss of fat that accumulates in the tissues lining the abdominal cavity and surrounding the intestines and internal organs.
Drinking green tea protects against cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. A cup of green tea may also help prevent or lessen the duration of the flu.
The range of benefits green tea covers are astonishing to behold. If you don’t drink green tea now, you may just want to start boiling some water.
Storage: There are two ways that you can purchase green tea – loose leaves or tea bags. When testing loose tea, crumble a few leaves in your hand and smell the aroma. The freshest, most flavorful tea will smell sweet and grassy. Tea bags can be tested for freshness by removing all the tea from the bag and placing it in a cup of hot water. After a few minutes, remove the bag and taste it. If it tastes like plain, hot water, the tea is fresh. If it tastes like tea, the tea is old and the paper has thus absorbed the flavor.
To ensure the freshness of tea, purchase it in small quantities. It should then be stored in a tight container that is just large enough to contain the tea. Tea exposed to air in a half-empty, large container will continue to oxidize.
It is best to store tea in a dark, cool, and dry place. Tea stored in the refrigerator is vulnerable to moisture and odors from other foods and if frozen, the tea will be ruined through water condensation when defrosted.
Fun Fact: Green tea is found in a multitude of cosmetics. The antioxidants it contains fight against aging and disease and is therefore mixed with other natural ingredients such as aloe, honey, or gingko in moisturizers, shampoos, body creams, and other beauty products.
Tags: Add-2, Beef mince, Phaseolus vulgaris, Pound (mass), Sea salt, Seasoning, Turkey, Velveeta
Today’s Menu: Velveeta/Kraft Dinners Chili Cheese Mac Velveeta Cheesy Skillets w/ Whole Grain Bread
With Dad in rehab and Mom staying there the biggest part of the day I’ve been taking over all the daily house work, still looking for an easier way to vacuum while in a wheelchair! I’ve scanned the net but nothing out there. As hey say you gotta do what you have to do! Anyway for dinner I prepared Velveeta/Kraft Cheesy Skillets Dinner Chili Cheese Mac, using Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey and added 1 can of Joan of Arc Light Red Kidney Beans. This is has become one of my favorite comfort foods. 1 pan so easy clean up, has, cheese, pasta, and for a meat it has ground turkey, and you can add a can of kidney beans to make it that much heartier!
As in all the Chessy Skillet Dinners the kit includes: Pasta, Velveeta Cheese Sauce, and Seasoning pack. All I had to do was add the 2 cups of water and 1 lb. of Ground Turkey, and 1 can of Joan of Arc Light Red Kidney Beans. I used Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey. Using the Extra Lean Ground Turkey instead of the Ground Beef you can lower the calorie count by anywhere from 60 – 80 calories! As I browned the Turkey I added Sea Salt, Pepper, and Ground Smoked Cumin for seasoning. It’s ready in about 10 minutes. I then add 2 cups of water, the seasoning and pasta. Simmer for 10 – 12 minutes and add the Velveeta Cheese and your ready for dinner. I’ll leave the instructions at the end of the post. It’s 380 calories and 28 carbs but you can lower the calorie count by using the Ground Turkey as stated above. The Ultimate Cheeseburger Dinner is very good but i think this is my new favorite. I really like the Chili Seasoning! Another one pan quick, easy, and delicious Velveeta/Kraft Dinner! I also had a couple of slices of Aunt Millie’s Light Whole Grain Bread. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Chocolate Swirl Frozen Yogurt.
Kraft Dinners Chili Cheese Mac Velveeta Cheesy Skillets features creamy cheese sauce with pasta and premium seasonings. Make your family smile with ooey gooey Velveeta Cheesy Skillets.
Kraft Dinners Chili Cheese Mac Velveeta Cheesy Skillets:
Made with real cheddar cheese
Just add ground beef
Makes about 5 servings
Ready in about 20 minutes
Velveeta Cheesy Skillets Chili Cheese Mac
* 1 LB. Ground Beef or Ground Turkey (Extra Lean)
* Sea Salt, Pepper, Cilantro, Ground Smoked Cumin to taste; Optional
* 2 Cups Water
* 1 Velveeta Cheesy Skillets Dinner Kit/Chili Cheese Mac
* Brown and season 1 LB. Ground Turkey in large skillet. Drain
* Add 2 cups water, seasoning and pasta. Bring to a boil. Reduce Heat.
* Cover, Simmer and stir often until most of water is gone about 11-13 minutes. Remove from heat.
* Add Cheese from Velveeta Cheese Pouch. Stir in Cheese Sauce and serve
Velveeta – Cheesy Skillets- Chili Cheese Mac W/ 90% Lean Beef
Total Fat 16 g
Saturated 6 g
Polyunsaturated 0 g
Monounsaturated 0 g
Trans 1 g Protein 27 g
Cholesterol 75 mg
Sodium 830 mg
Potassium 0 mg
Total Carbs 28 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugars 5 g
Tags: Canola, cook, Dietary fiber, Dietary Reference Intake, Fish, Gratin, Green Bean, haddock, Idahoan Foods, Potato, Saturated fat, Serving size
Today’s Menu: Fried Haddock w/ Baked Steakhouse Scalloped Red Potatoes, Green Beans, and Whole Grain Bread
Spent the afternoon at the rehab center with my Dad. Yesterday was a rough day for him, he just wasn’t feeling up to par. Today was a much better day for him. He felt good and we were able to get him outside a bit, which always helps! I had some more of the Haddock frozen and I had it thawing in the fridge overnight. So for dinner tonight I prepared; Baked Steakhouse Scalloped Red Potatoes, Green Beans, along with sliced Whole Grain Bread.
I used the Zatarain’s Fish Fri Lemon Pepper Seafood Breading Mix again. I love this breading it’s quickly became my favorite Fish breading. I had the fillet cut into two smaller pieces and rinsed off with water already. I then poured some of the breading mix into a Hefty Zippper Bag and added the Fish shaking it in the bag until it was well covered. I skillet fried it in about a 1/2 inch of Canola Oil until it was golden brown. With this breading the Fish comes out perfect. The crust and the seasoning is meant for Fish!
For side dishes I prepared a new one from Idahoan; Idahoan Steakhouse Scalloped Red Potatoes. I really love using the Idahoan Products, they’re all delicious and so easy to prepare and this new one is no different. Great seasoning and taste and love the added Bacon and Ranch to it. Another great option from Idahoan. I also had a slice of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. For dessert later a bowl of Breyer’s Carb Smart Vanilla Ice cream topped with fresh Mango slices.
The secret of authentic Southern Style fried fish is the crispy combination of corn flour, spices and lemon juice captured in this special Zatarain’s Frying Mix.
Serving Size: 2 Tbsp.
Servings Per Container: Servings per container – 40
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories from Fat: 0
Total Fat: 0g 0%
Saturated Fat: 0g 0%
Cholesterol: 0mg 0%
Sodium: 1140mg 48%
Total Carb: 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%
Idahoan Steakhouse Scalloped Red Potatoes start with world-famous Idaho® red potato slices in a premium cheese sauce, then finish with a topping of crispy onions for an irresistible crunch! These Steakhouse Scalloped potatoes will add premium restaurant quality flavor to any meal.
In 1 1/2 qt casserole dish, combine potatoes, contents of sauce pouch, 2 Tbsp butter, and 2 cups boiling water.
Add 1/2 cup milk and stir to combine.
Bake uncovered at 450°F for 25 minutes.
Sprinkle crunchy onion topping on top of potatoes. Let stand 5 minutes, then serve.
Amount Per Serving Packaged Prepared
Calories 120 170
Calories from fat 30 80
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.5g* 5% 14%
Saturated Fat 1.5g 8% 25%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0% 5%
Sodium 390mg 16% 18%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7% 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8% 8%
Tags: Baking, Canola, Egg Beater, Green Bean, Mashed potato, Meijer, Pork, Pork chop
I’ve used this recipe for Breaded Pork Chops several times now, it came from an issue of Taste of Home/ Simple and Delicious. I love the Taste of Home various magazines and their recipes. To make the Breaded Chops I’ll need 1/4 cup Egg Beater‘s, 1/4 cup 2% milk, 1/2 cup crushed low fat saltines crackers, 2 boneless pork loin chops (1-inch thick and 4 ounces each), and 1 tablespoon Canola Oil. Then to prepare them is quite easy; in a shallow bowl, combine Egg Beater’s and milk. Place cracker crumbs in another shallow bowl. Dip each pork chop in egg mixture, then coat with cracker crumbs, patting to make a thick coating. In a large skillet, cook chops in oil for 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 145°. Let meat stand for 5 minutes before serving. The Chops came out moist and delicious and the saltines made a great crust for the Chops. I’ve left the original recipe, which makes 6 Chops, and the link to the Taste of Home website at the end of the post.
To go with the Chops it was leftovers. Bob Evans Mashed Potatoes and the Green Beans leftover from last night. Just reheat and served. I also baked a loaf of Meijer Bakery Artisan Harvest Grain Bread. Just love the fresh taste of their bread. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt.
Breaded Pork Chops Recipe
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup 2% milk
1-1/2 cups crushed saltine crackers
6 boneless pork loin chops (1-inch thick and 4 ounces each)
1/4 cup canola oil
In a shallow bowl, combine egg and milk. Place cracker crumbs in another shallow bowl. Dip each pork chop in egg mixture, then coat with cracker crumbs, patting to make a thick coating.
In a large skillet, cook chops in oil for 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 145°. Let meat stand for 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 6 servings.
1 serving (1 each) equals 317 calories, 18 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 92 mg cholesterol, 246 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 25 g protein.
Tags: Baking, Bob Evans, cook, Dinner, FOOL PROOF, Green Bean, Home, Jennie-O, Mashed potato, Onion, Turkey
With Mom and Dad both still under the weather I wanted to fix them a hot and hearty dinner. I went to Meijer early this morning and purchased a Jennie – O Oven Ready Boneless Skinless Turkey Breast. They both love Turkey so I knew they would enjoy this meal. I prepared; a Roasted Boneless Skinless Turkey Breast w/ Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and Garlic Knot Rolls.
I love using the Jennie – O Oven Ready Boneless Skinless Turkey Breast. It’s an easy and delicious way to get your Turkey on! Comes in an Oven Ready Bag that you bake at 375 degrees for about 2 to 3 hour until it reads 170 degrees. It also now has a pop up inserted in the breast that pops up when done. The Turkey came out juicy and delicious, excellent flavor!
To go with the Turkey Breast I prepared a side of Bob Evans Mashed Potatoes. My favorite Mashed Potatoes over any other or homemade. Just heat for a total of 6 minutes in the microwave and their ready! I also heated up a can of Del Monte Green Beans along with baking some Walmart Marketside Garlic Knot Rolls. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Double Chocolate Pudding.
Get all the great benefits of Oven Ready™ in a smaller-sized boneless and skinless turkey breast; this delicious home-cooked turkey breast is the perfect dinner to serve year-round.Goes directly from your freezer to your oven with no thawing.
The Biggest Loser® product
Comes sealed in our Fool-Proof® cooking bag
With Gravy Packet (contains gluten)
OVEN COOKING METHOD:
Preheat oven to 375 °F.
Remove frozen turkey from white outer package.
Do not remove turkey from FOOL PROOF. cooking bag.
Place in a roasting pan with at least 2″ high sides.
Note – Do not increase oven temperature, cooking bag may melt at higher temperatures.
Cut three 1/2 inch slits in top of FOOL PROOF. cooking bag.
Place pan in oven, allowing room for bag to expand without touching the oven racks or walls.
Roast the turkey until a meat thermometer reaches 170°F.
Note – Meat temperature increases rapidly during last hour of cooking.
Let turkey rest 10 minutes, cut open top of oven bag.
Watch out for hot steam and juices.
Heat gravy as directed on pouch.
APPROXIMATE OVEN ROASTING TIMES IN 375°F. OVEN TEMPERATURE:
2 – 3 lbs 2-1/2 to 3 hours.
Serving Size 112 g Total Carbohydrates 1 g
Calories 100 Dietary Fiber 0 g
Calories From Fat 10 Sugars 1 g
Total Fat 1.0 g Protein 23 g
Saturated Fat .0 g Vitamin A 0%
Trans Fat .0 g Vitamin C 0%
Cholesterol 40 mg Iron 2%
Sodium 460 mg Calcium 0%
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Tags: Breast cancer, Cancer, Epigallocatechin gallate, Green tea, Health, Health effects of tea, Polyphenol, Tea
A new study says green tea could lower breast cancer risk, because it can change the way we metabolize oestrogen. With about a million other research studies enumerating the health benefits of green tea (and conflicting information about whether coffee is really all that good for you), this is hardly the first report that makes us think green tea might be the better way to caffeinate. But for women, this could be a pretty big “pro” for team green tea.
Dr. Barbara Fuhrman of the National Cancer Instutute led the small-scale study, which was published in Nutrition Journal, and found that daily drinking lowered levels of oestrogen metabolites, both for pre- and post-menopausal women. In past studies, higher levels of oestrogen metabolites have been linked to a higher risk of breast cancer, so the study suggests that regular consumption of green tea could lower risk of breast cancer.
The researchers believe this is a result of green tea’s polyphenols, which include flavonoids and the ECGC found in green tea extracts. According to Nutraingredients.com, the researchers explained:
“Among postmenopausal Japanese American women, we observed that more frequent intake of green tea was associated with reduced urinary concentrations of oestrone. As a rich source of phytochemicals that can interact with and regulate xenobiotic metabolising enzymes, green tea may modify metabolism or conjugation of oestrogens and may thereby impact breast cancer risk.”
Incidentally, polyphenols are behind a long list of other green tea benefits, like:
Incidentally, polyphenols are behind a long list of other green tea benefits, like:
younger looking skin
weight loss, reducing belly fat, protecting your eyes, and even beating superbugs
In conclusion? You should be drinking green tea, already.
Photo: flickr user A Girl With Tea
Tags: Barbecue, Casserole, Crock, Green Bean, Idaho, Jungle Jim, Kroger, Slow cooker
Rain and more rain has started here, for the next 5 days! Started the morning off with some Turkey Goetta, 1 Egg Sunnyside Up, and some lightly buttered Whole Wheat Toast. Then for lunch a Salmon Burger on a Whole grain Bun and for diner Ribs! My Mom purchased the Ribs yesterday at Kroger. She said it had been quite a while since I made any for her so as I always say, “What Mom wants Mom gets!” So I prepared Crock Pot Pork Back Ribs w/ Potatoes Au Gratin, Green Beans, and Whole Grain Bread.
I love fixing these Ribs! The night before I cut the rack in half so they fits in the Crock Pot. I then rub in JB’s Fat Boy Haugwaush BBQ Sauce and place them in Hefty Zip Lock Bag, then into the fridge to marinate all night. JB’s Fat Boy has several sauces and rubs for all meats. I’ve use them all and purchase them at a local Kroger. So back to the ribs. Next day I line my Crock Pot with a Reynolds Crock Pot Bag. Another fantastic invention! No scrubbing the Crock Pot with these after using just throw the bag away and wipe out the Crock Pot of any moisture, clean up done! I spray the bag with Pam Spray and add my ribs to the Crock Pot. I just tighten the lid, turn it on low, and I’m done. I cook them anywhere from 7 – 8 hours, I cooked these for dinner tonight for 8 hours. After about 5 hours I poured about a half bottle of the BBQ Sauce over top the ribs. The aroma through out the day is amazing! The only hard part is trying to get the ribs out whole, they’re so tender they fall apart and no knives needed, the bones just fall or pull out. Fantastic flavor, moist and tender, and very easy to prepare.
For side dishes my Mom prepared some more of the fresh Green Beans, or a Mess of Beans as she says, she had purchased from Jungle Jim’s Market and i prepared some Idahoan Au Gratin Homestyle Casserole,along with Aunt Millie’s Light Whole Grain Bread. I left the Idahoan Product info and instructions at the end of the post. For dessert a slice of baked Pillsbury Nut Quick Bread with 2 scoops of Breyer’s Carb Smart Vanilla Ice Cream.
There’s no better way to start a savory Au Gratin homestyle casserole than with world-famous Idaho® potatoes, which is why you’ll taste only 100% grown-in-Idaho potatoes in this rich & cheesy side. For family meals or for special occasions, this cheesy, delicious dish is sure to please.
Best for Golden Browning
PREHEAT oven to 450°F. COMBINE potatoes and sauce mix in 1 1/2 quart baking dish.
STIR in 1 1/2 cups boiling water, 3/4 cup milk, and 1 1/2 Tbsp. margarine or butter with whisk.
BAKE uncovered for 25 minutes or until top is golden brown and potatoes are tender (sauce will thicken slightly when cooling).
Remove from oven and let stand a few minutes before serving.
BAKING NOTES: To prepare 2 casseroles at once, double all ingredients, increase baking dish size accordingly, and bake about 30 min. To bake potatoes and roast meat at the same time, bake at 375°F for about 45 min; 350°F for about 50 min; or 325°F for about 60 min.
Amount Per Serving Unprepared Prepared
Calories 100 160
Total Fat 1g* 2% 9%
Saturated Fat 0g 0% 8%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0% 2%
Sodium 590mg 25% 28%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7% 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4% 4%
Tags: Brazil, China, Current Opinion, Diabetes mellitus, Diabetes mellitus type 2, Epigallocatechin gallate, Green tea, Green tea extract
Diabetes Helped by Green Tea, New Studies
By Deborah Mitchell on January 25, 2013
Green tea has compounds that help diabetes
Green tea is widely studied for a variety of health issues, and for good reason. Among its many helpful components are potent antioxidants called polyphenols, and a catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is of special interest.
In fact, scientists are so interested in EGCG, there is currently a clinical trial underway that is exploring how the green tea component affects the body’s response to insulin. While that study is underway, others have been completed, and here are some of the findings.
In a new study from Brazil, researchers explored the ability of green tea to protect the retina in diabetic rats. This information is critical because diabetics are prone to developing diabetic retinopathy, an eye condition that can result in blindness.
The researchers administered green tea to rats with diabetes and hypertension for 12 weeks. They discovered how treatment with green tea protected the retina against damage associated with glutamate (an amino acid) toxicity. Based on this finding, they noted they had found “a novel mechanism by which GT [green tea] protects the retina against neurodegeneration in disorders such as diabetic retinopathy.”
In a new study released in the February 2013 issue of Current Opinion in Lipidology, the multinational team of investigators reported on results from studies on plant components called flavonoids and the development of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Based on their analysis, they noted that “the strongest evidence exists for a beneficial effect of green tea” on bad cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, LDL) levels and that “flavan-3-ols from green tea and cocoa may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.” They did stress, however, that more trials need to be conducted to confirm these findings.
Finally, in a new study from China, a research team looked at the effect of green tea polyphenols on fat deposits in rats fed a high-fat diet. Since overweight, obesity, and diet are critical factors in type 2 diabetes, patients and experts alike are always interested in ways to better manage these risk factors.
In the study, the rats were fed a high-fat diet and given three different dosages of green tea polyphenols in their drinking water. Over time, the scientists observed that the green tea polyphenols reduced fat deposit and levels of adiponectin (a protein that has an important role in glucose and lipid metabolism), as well as other benefits important for diabetes.
Can drinking green tea and/or taking green tea supplements improve your ability to prevent or manage diabetes and its complications? So far there is a considerable body of evidence suggesting green tea and its potent polyphenols have the potential to help individuals who have diabetes and diabetes risk factors, and these new studies add to the growing literature.
Tags: Caffeine, Cancer, Green tea, Low-density lipoprotein, Parkinson, Parkinson's disease, Tea, Weight loss
Why is Green Tea Good For You? Here Are 7 Reasons
Author: Kristjan Gunnarsson
Green tea is not just tasty, warm and energizing. It also happens to extremely good for you. In the last few decades, scientists have studied the effects of green tea on various health problems and their results have been nothing short of amazing.
Their findings have been so impressive that green tea is now considered among the healthiest beverages on the planet.
Why is Green Tea Good For You? 7 Proven Reasons
Drinking green tea has been associated with a lower risk of many diseases, some of which are common in the western society.
1. May Reduce Risk of Diabetes
A study in Japanese adults revealed that drinking several cups of green tea per day lowered the risk of diabetes by a whopping 33%.
2. May Make You Smarter, at Least in The Short Term
Green tea has a lot less caffeine than coffee, making it appropriate for those individuals who are sensitive to caffeine.
But tea also has a different combination of stimulants compared to coffee. While coffee has a lot more caffeine, tea also has a unique type of amino acid called L-Theanine which can help with relaxation and focus.
This is the reason green tea provides a more relaxed and focused “buzz” than coffee.
3. May Improve Cholesterol
Green tea has also been associated with improvements in risk factors for heart disease, leading to reductions in triglycerides and LDL (the bad) cholesterol, and increases in HDL (the good) cholesterol.
4. May Lower Your Risk of Cancer
There are many types of cancer that are common in western countries. Consumption of green tea appears to decrease the incidence of several types, including breast, prostate, ovarian and endometrial cancer.
5. May Help Prevent Parkinson’s Disease
6. Green Tea Increases Fat Burning
In two separate studies, green tea has been found to increase metabolism. In the first study, subjects who drank green tea had a 17% increase in fat burning in cells. In the other one, tea drinkers had a 4% increase in total energy expenditure.
A 4% increase would mean that instead of burning, for example, 2,000 calories per day, you would burn 2,080 per day. Not very much, but over the course of months or years that will amount to a whole lot of body fat.
7. Green Tea Can Help You Lose Weight
Given that green tea can enhance the metabolic rate and increase fat burning, it can also help you lose weight. Perhaps this is the reason almost every popular fat burning supplement on the market has green tea in it.
Take Home Message
At the end of the day, green tea is a warm and satisfying beverage. The reason it is so good for health is that it is rich in unique antioxidants and some essential nutrients.
If you’re sensitive to caffeine and don’t tolerate coffee very well, then green tea will probably be your best choice.
Even better would be to drink coffee in the morning, then after lunch switch to green tea. That way, most of the caffeine from the coffee will have left your system before you go to bed, ensuring a restful night’s sleep.
Tags: Baking, Breyer, Carb Smart Vanilla Ice Cream, Christmas, Del Monte Foods, GREEN BEANS, Mashed potato, Potato, Prime Rib, Vanilla Ice
First off Merry Christmas Everyone! Now let’s talk about our Christmas Dinner Feast. I prepared a Prime Rib w/ Mashed Potatoes, Brown Mushroom Gravy, Green Beans, and Baked Rustic French Bread.
We purchased our annual Christmas Prime Rib Roast a couple a weeks ago from the local GFS Store. We always purchase one there and have never had a bad one. I put the Prime Rib in the oven at 1:30 PM at 250 degrees. At 3:30 I checked the temperature and it was spot on at 120 degrees, rare. I pulled it out of the oven and let it sit for 15 minutes before slicing. Letting it sit lets it finish cooking and absorb some of the delicious juices. When I sliced it the juices just flowed! Moist, tender and delicious!
For sides I prepared Bob Evans Mashed potatoes, Heinz Savory Mushroom Brown Gravy, 2 large cans of Del Monte Low Sodium Cut Green Beans, and baked a loaf of Pillsbury Rustic French Bread. For dessert later a bowl of Breyer’s Carb Smart Vanilla Ice Cream topped with Del Monte No Sugar Added Sliced Peaches.