reasons to switch to tea
from pa nurses association enewsletter 1/5/07:
finally, a new year's resolution you can drink to: tea
millions of americans look forward to the new year with a list of good intentions to improve their quality of life. of the millions of resolutions to lose weight and eat healthier, most will not last much past january 2. but one tasty vow of self-improvement can easily last a lifetime: drink more tea.
adding to the substantial body of evidence that tea may confer a wide array of potential health benefits, more than 100 research articles were published in 2006. these studies provide further support to the notion that tea can support a healthy cardiovascular system, may help the body fight certain types of cancer, and may be helpful to combat the rising epidemic of type-2 diabetes.
several studies also showed that calorie-free green tea may play an important role in helping maintain a healthy weight and body shape through its unique effects on energy metabolism. "while losing weight is among the most common new year's resolutions, few individuals are able to stick with their new year's 'diets' for any significant amount of time, making lasting weight loss a losing proposition," said joe simrany, president of the tea council of the usa.
"adding tea as part of a healthy diet may be one of the healthiest choices to start this year to help manage weight and maintain a healthy heart." tea boosts metabolism, aids in weight loss. there are many reasons why new year's resolution diets fail, including the fact that losing weight often requires eating or drinking foods and beverages that dieters do not like or that do not fit their lifestyles. unlike many "diet" foods, tea is great-tasting and doesn't make consumers feel that they have to sacrifice taste or enjoyment in order to win at losing weight. recent studies suggest that drinking tea is a great choice as part of a diet and lifestyle to manage weight.
studies suggest that the catechins in tea may help improve body composition by reducing abdominal fat. recent findings include:
- a study that found that individuals who drink tea were more likely to eat healthier diets that contained less fatty foods and more fruits and vegetables.
- a human pilot study with green and black tea where researchers showed that as tea is metabolized, it accelerates the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats and the effects are different than what you would find with caffeine alone.
- an animal model study where green tea was shown to increase the metabolic rate and to boost fatty acid oxidation and increase endurance, possibly by aiding the body to burn more fat while sparing carbohydrate. this is especially important when losing weight because as one gets thinner, their metabolic rate naturally declines. however, if drinking tea results in a boost to the metabolic rate, this could support healthy weight loss and maintenance.
for more information about the role of tea in a healthy diet or to see a graphic representation of the healthy beverage guidelines, please visit [color=#336699]www.teausa.org
come on....take the plunge....it's what you need to cure your woes!