Friday, June 29, 2012

Reasons why Green Tea is better than Coffee in the morning

Here's an interesting run down by Livestrong about some of the strengths of both Green Tea and Coffee. Each have benefits, but Green Tea definitely edges out. You'll see why in a sec: American adults consume an estimated 146 billion cups of coffee each year, almost three times more than tea, according to the CNN Health website. Tea has a reputation for conferring more health benefits than coffee, but in recent years more information has supported the health benefits of coffee, which may be good news for coffee-addicted Americans. Antioxidants Green tea contains higher levels of antioxidants than coffee, but since Americans drink more coffee than tea, they are consuming more antioxidants from coffee. In fact, coffee is the No. 1 source of antioxidants for Americans, according to professor Joe A. Vinson of the chemistry department at the University of Scranton, who has studied coffee in depth. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals that result from the body's normal metabolism and the consumption of toxins that damage cells. Free radicals contribute to the aging process and numerous health problems, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Transportation Solutions Commuting to work is taking less work: Siemens Mobility Solutions. Caffeine Many people drink coffee and tea to benefit from the increased alertness that caffeine provides. While coffee provides three times more caffeine than green tea, according to the Mayo Clinic website, the type of stimulation is much more extreme and has side effects including a sharper crash when the caffeine wears off. Green tea has a milder stimulation effect, and the dissipation of the chemical is hardly noticeable. Disease Prevention Green tea consumption is associated with the lowered risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Coffee consumption is associated with decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease and liver disease. However, it is premature to recommend coffee consumption for disease prevention based on this evidence, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. Demographics Comparing health benefits of coffee and tea is not as simple as comparing the two beverages. The effect of the beverages on people is most accurately studied by analyzing human trials. However, according to Vinson, "the problem with a human study is everybody's different." Isolating coffee's effects from other habits or lifestyle choices linked with coffee drinking may be impossible. For example, in Scotland, coffee drinkers make more money and have better general health than tea drinkers. According to market researchers at Experian Simmons, in the U.S., 70 percent of households with an income of $150,000 or higher are coffee drinkers, while only 54 percent of households earning less than $25,000 annually drink coffee. Read more: Source: Livestrong

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Whats New About Green Tea Health Benefits

Understanding green tea health benefits can help you to begin and maintain a healthier lifestyle. If you’re the type of person who finds it challenging to maintain healthy eating and living, a great way to start is by making green tea a part of your daily diet. In today’s hurry up age, it is very possible to spend much of our days rushing to and fro, only taking time to grab a bite to eat on the run. We don’t blame you for being on the go, but at some point you have to stop and take care of your health and body to make sure they both last you for the long run. There are many green tea health benefits that have been discovered by scientists and researchers over the years. While not all of the claims to health benefits have been verified, there are those which have. It has been reported that some of the major health benefits of drinking green tea include resistance or reduction of cancer, impaired immune function, infection, high cholesterol levels, cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Deciding to incorporate green tea health benefits into your diet doesn’t have to be an ordeal but careful planning and consideration should be given to selecting the type green tea product you want to use. There are many different forms of green tea on the market, many of which are not the genuine article. Don’t fall for imposters that claim to be green tea but actually only have a small percentage of green tea extract listed as a fourth or fifth ingredient on the list. Some green tea health products can be purchased over the Internet. This is a great way to not only research the various green tea products that are available, but it eliminates the need to travel to the store to buy them. As a rule, however, you should avoid trying products just because they offer a free sample. The something for nothing concept is usually an auto ship program that subtlely invites you to pay regular charges for automatic refills of a product that may or may not work for you. When you do find a green tea product that you’re interested in taking, it is the best practice to check with your physician, particularly if you are taking any other medications that may react to the addition of green tea to your diet. Once you’re cleared by your doctor, you’re ready to begin experiencing some of the great green tea health benefits that are said to have helped make green tea the rage that currently is in many countries around the world. Remember, not all green tea products are created equal. When the truth is told, there are many lookalike products and even some pseudo green tea items that make the claim but substantiate nothing. So whether you are searching for green tea health benefits for the short or long term, make sure you are selecting authentic green tea items.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Pho Ga and Green Tea Smoothie

This is what I had for lunch yesterday. A big bowl of Pho Ga (basically, Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup) and I washed it down with an incredibly tasty Green Tea Smoothie. Nothing to report about Health Benefits, it was just damn good ;). Woot!