4 Amazing Benefits of Green Tea

For quite some time now I’m sure you’ve heard of the wonderful effects that green tea has on your body. It’s a soothing treat that can be served either hot or cold, but have you sat down and tasted some? There are people that I know who are hooked and there are people that stay far away from it. But why not appreciate some of the great healthy benefits that is has to offer?

 

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Let’s look at some of them:

  1. Properties that Help with Anti-Aging

Green tea is known for its great effects regarding anti-aging and even anti-inflammation. The compound plays a significant role in preventing wrinkles, fine lines and even damage from the sun. With regard to the anti-inflammation components, it helps with preventing damage that may have been caused by lipid formation. Keep in mind however that drinking green tea religiously will not make you look 20 years younger automatically. It is simply a preventative treat that is great for your health.

  1.  Antioxidants

Green tea is an excellent source of antioxidants which is great for skin and heart health. In green tea, you will find powerful antioxidants by the name of polyphenols which are stronger than vitamin C! If you’re unsure about what an antioxidant is- keep in mind that it is a substance that helps to get rid of waste which causes damage to your body. That waste is known as a free radical.

Also, the antioxidants in green tea protect your cells against foreign bodies that may enter your system. As long as you maintain a healthy diet, the nutrients found in green tea can benefit you greatly and it can prevent from damage in the future.

  1. Healthy Weight Loss

If your goal is to lose weight and you are striving to eat a healthy diet, adding green tea can make a huge difference. This substance is known to help speed up your metabolism and burn that stubborn fat in the process. It has been found that the substances known as catechins which are found in green tea have that effect which helps you to burn fat the most. Do use green tea as a meal supplement though. You will be missing out on quality nutrients that wholesome meals have to offer.

  1. Helps to Improve Your Lifestyle

When you drink green tea on a daily basis, it can really lower your susceptibility to conditions of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and even mental health. There was a Japanese study that was done which showed individuals over the age of 65 thst had improved function simply by drinking green tea about 3-5 times a day.

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Overall, the benefits of this wonderful tea are endless. When you are drinking green tea, be careful with that sugar intake. Use organic honey if you can. Even if you can’t consume it on a daily basis, opt for a cup a week and you’ll be on your way to a healthier lifestyle!

Anita Haridat, Ph.D

 

 

 

 

Pasta Myths!

For many health conscious individuals, I’m sure they’ve heard that they should stay away from pasta and those other carbohydrates because they are terrible for health. While it may be true that too much may be bad for you, there’s no need to deprive yourself totally. Pasta is a delicious meal that anyone can conquer- even those who are picky, healthy eaters.

Many people that stay away from pasta simply do so because they may be living a low-carb lifestyle. However what if you want to continue eating healthy, but you still want to eat carbs? Keep in mind that you can still do this! That whole no-carb lifestyle really isn’t for everyone out there.

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Let’s take a look at those pasta myths:

  1. There are no Nutrients in Pasta

Face the facts- when was the last time you heard someone say that a bowl of pasta is filled with all types of vitamins and minerals? Probably never. The truth is that there are types of pasta that are actually loaded with nutrients! Read those labels carefully and look for boxes that contain folic acid as well as B vitamins. Also, be sure to opt for whole grain. Sometimes they have a lot more fiber than the regular pasta that you buy.

  1. I will get fat from Eating Pasta

Here’s the thing- you won’t get fat from solely eat that pasta. You will get fat from eating too many calories with unsaturated fats, sugar etc. If you look at just a 2 ounce serving, there are about 200 calories, which isn’t too bad. Add some greens and olive oil and you’re good to go.

  1. If I want to Eat Healthy, I can’t Have Pasta

Again, not true. You need carbohydrates for energy and for proper muscle function. Unless you want to go on a crazed carbohydrate free-diet, pasta will not harm you. The USDA even says that carbs should be in about 45-65 percent of your total calories for the day. Try adding fresh tomatoes, kale and even lean meat for a healthy meal. Your taste buds will definitely thank you!

  1. There’s No Fiber in Pasta

 

This is something that drives me nuts! Most people think that the only places you can get fiber is prunes. Keep in mind that there is a world of food out there! Regular pasta can provide you with about 2 grams of fiber in every serving. That’s more than you thought, isn’t it. That number increases if you opt for whole grain pasta. Have a nice salad on the side and maybe a piece of grilled chicken and you have a balanced dinner.

  1. I’ll Be Able to Get Energy But I Will be Burned Out Later

Since pasta is a carbohydrate, it is true that it will give you mounds of energy for your body to function throughout the day. But for the carbs that burn you out later, it’s usually those products that have a high glycemic index. Keep in mind that pasta is a product with a low glycemic index so it can break down the substances slowly instead of a rapid rate.

If you’re looking for healthy options to eat with your pasta, try vegetables. Zucchini, squash and even broccoli are excellent dishes to whip up. Happy eating!

 

Anita Haridat, Ph.D