Hi Miz, I am just starting to think about switching my coffee for green tea. Do you drink green tea? What are your thoughts on it? How might giving up my Starbucks coffee benefit anything other than my wallet? 🙂 Thanks!
Ahhh, my morning cup of coffee.
Im not ashamed to say, while I bound out of bed at the asscrack of dawn, I probably *wouldnt* if I didnt know a hot cup of coffee waited for me in the kitchen.
I’m aware green tea might (ok, would) provide more health benefits—yet Im a firm believer we all need a few vices (please to cross reference under penchant for Poptarts) & am wholly unwilling to give up my morning joe.
Translation? All I know is what I’ve been told.
Further translation? This is where I look to you, oh Bumbling Band, to jump in & proffer your tea tips in the comments.
Green Tea 101. By MizFit, who mightcould have talked her own damn self into the tea after compiling the information below.
- For 4000+ years the Chinese have used green tea to treat everything from headaches to depression. (MizFit note: Depression? who knew.)
- Research indicates that drinking of the green can lower cholesterol levels & improve the ratio of HDL (good) to LDL (bad).
- Research is beginning to indicate that there may be a compound in green tea which inhibits the growth of cancer cells.
- Research is also beginning to indicate that drinking o’the green helps prevent tooth decay (!) as the bacteria-killing properties in the tea knock out bacteria which cause dental plaque (MizFit note: see what I mean? There should be some fear struck in the heart of my MizTer Coffee machine right about now).
- Green tea contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). This is a POWERFUL antioxident thought to be the reason behind why the rate of heart disease in Japanese men remains low even though almost SEVENTY FIVE% are smokers (MizFit note: FRICK. see? I told you all this research made me thisclose to surrendering the java).
Bottom line (or “What in the heck does this mean for us?”):
What are the negatives to green tea?
There’s seemingly only one: too much caffeine can trigger insomnia in some or cause them to become jittery/nervous.
That said, green tea does typically contain less caffeine than coffee (30-60mg per 6-8oz versus 100+mg in an 8 oz cup of coffee) which to some people (the nameless faceless masses who would *never* be me at 4a) might be a drawback.
What benefits we might reap from partaking of the green?
one word: myriad
more words: here’s where you chime in, Oh readers of mine. (Especially this guy)
save calories: If you are a fancy coffee drinker & tend toward the whipped topped ‘Bucks treats plain green tea can knock hundreds of calories out of your day.
Even if you replace those calories (as Id suggest) with good clean food you *still* end up on the winning side of the daily intake equation.
potentially lessen risk of heart disease & cancers.
increase alertness: Theanine (an amino acid in green tea) is purported to keep one alert while NOT cause the shakes as can occur after too much coffee. (Anyone wanna chime in with real life experience?)
burn fat: studies have shown that EGCG increases fat burning during exercise especially in abdominal area. (Now this sounds tempting! Anyone drink the green & find this to be true?)
strengthen your bones: (MizFit note: this one has me intrigued yet simultaneously skeptical. Skeptitrigued.) Green tea’s mix of caffeine, fluoride, and phytoestrogen has been shown to increase bone mineral density in people who consumed it for 10 yrs +.
That’s what I’ve learned, People, from friends, family & reading.
I know many of you have some real life green tea experience to share—please fumigate your wisdom in the comments (movie? anyone?).
Miz, remember those booty shorts you wrote about once? What was the brand?? I can not find them on your site.
OK. I seriously LAUGHED OUT LOUD at this email. Booty shorts?! Me??
*and then I remembered*
Not so much the booty part—-but the comfort, the wicking, & the fact I finally had a place in which to put my money, key & drivers license.
And the charity. Gracie’s Gear is one of the most philanthropic apparel companies I know.
Through GRACIE GIVES they support foundations that focus on improving health & enriching lives.
Gracie Gives sponsors local races that raise money for charity, donates time (which I think is more of a challenge than money) & products to homeless shelters for women *and* 30% of the proceeds from their black with pink tops go toward raising funds for the treatment & prevention of breast cancer.
Very, very cool huh?
In need of a gift for yourself or a running-friend check out Gracie’s site and throw some support her way.
And not just because she has been generous enough to throw some shorts ours.
- So lay it on me.
Gimmie your tea-tips. Share with me your unrelenting java-love. Chat me up about the booty shorts (*snort*).
One lucky USA commenter shall win her OWN pair of Gracie’s Gear shorts (sizes m-XL available).
Winner announced Friday.