Are you looking to add in a new beverage to your on-plan approved list? Then read on to learn more about why you should add green to tea to your diet!
Benefits of Green Tea
- Helps Brain Function
- Green tea does contain caffeine, BUT much less than a cup of coffee with added benefits for your brain! Caffeine can improve mood, reaction time, and memory. These are great benefits but you will not get overstimulated or jittery because of the smaller amount of caffeine.
- Green tea also contains an amino acid (building blocks of protein), L-theanine, which works along with caffeine to help improve brain function.
- Can Increase Fat Burning
- Green tea is thought to increase the metabolic rate and give a short term boost to fat burning. This has not been exclusively proven because effects may differ depending on the individual, but there is still a chance that it helps with metabolism.
- It’s loaded with Antioxidants
- Green tea appears to help reduce the risk of cancer. Oxidative damage aids in the development of cancer and antioxidants can counteract the negative effects. This does not mean green tea prevents cancer, but studies have shown those who consistently drink green tea have a lower risk of getting certain types of cancer.
- Can reduce risk of type 2 Diabetes
- Green tea has been shown in some studies to have a mild control in reducing blood sugar levels, therefore, decreasing the risk of type 2 Diabetes by helping improve insulin sensitivity.
Drink More Tea
There are many different varieties of herbal green teas that can help keep you hydrated and keep you from craving off plan beverages while following the Ideal Protein protocol. You can drink it hot or cold! You still have to manage your caffeine consumption and compensate with water, but it will not be near enough the amount of caffeine consumed in a cup of coffee! This will make a great warm weather beverage when you are craving an ice cold drink on a hot day!
Do you have a favorite brand or flavor of green tea and how do you make it; hot or cold?!
for more reading: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-green-tea#section9