REDUCE YOUR CONSUMPTION OF ADDED SUGARS
After water, tea is the most popular beverage in the world. There are several basic tea varieties. Black tea is the most common, making up 75% of global consumption. Harvested leaves are fully fermented giving tea it;s characteristic black colour. Black tea tends to be higher in caffeine than other varieties. Oolong tea is semi-fermented, meaning that it undergoes a shorter period of fermentation.
Green tea is non-fermented
Instead the freshly harvested leaves immediately undergo a steaming process to stop fermentation, giving green tea a much more delicate and floral taste. Green tea is naturally much lower in caffeine than coffee, making this drink ideal to those who are sensitive to caffeine’s stimulating effects.
Green tea contains large concentrations of powerful antioxidants
These are called catechins and may play a role in inhibiting carbohydrate-digestive enzymes resulting in lower glucose levels and protecting pancreatic beta cells. Fermentation (black tea) changes the catechins to a variety of theaflavins. Polyphenols in green tea area also believed to boost metabolism which my aid in fat burning.
Many health benefits have been ascribed to green-tea consumption
These include increased fat oxidation during exercise, increased resting energy expenditure and lower risk of various types of cancer. A meta-analysis of studies confirms that green tea helps with ketogenic weight loss although the benefit is rather modest: in the range of 2 -4 pounds (1 -2 kilograms). Studies include the Singapore Chinese Health Study, showed that tea drinking reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes by 14 to 18 percent.
All teas may be enjoyed as hot or cold beverages
There are infinite varieties of tea available to suit any taste. Flavour can be added with the addition of lemon peel, orange peel, cardamom, vanilla pods, mint and ginger.
Herbal teas are infusions of herbs, spices or other plant matter in hot water. They make excellent drinks without added sugars. Some popular varieties include mint, chamomile, ginger, lavender, lemon balm, hibiscus and rose hip teas.
Enjoy tea in all it’s different styles as part of your weight loss diet.
The Obesity Code – Dr Jason Fung
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