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Green tea: Miracle drink to aid your low-carb diet

Published on November 20, 2012,

Anyone with an interest in health or diets will know there are many products promoted as wonder foods. One traditional product that genuinely seems to deserve its ‘miracle’ label is green tea and, as explained in the excellent Low Carb Diets blog, it is ideal for people on a low carb diet…

500 year old green tea fields, Boseong, Jeolla...

500 year old green tea fields, Boseong, Jeollanam-do, South Korea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Green tea has a solid reputation as a healthy drink. Unlike many products that are misrepresented as beneficial (sugar-loaded fruit juices, anyone?), green tea fully deserves its superfood label.

Numerous scientific studies have been conducted to investigate and back up health claims connected with green tea. Several of these properties can be very useful to anyone following a lowcarb diet, such as Atkins, Dukan, Paleo or Keto.

How can green tea benefit a low-carb diet?

Green tea helps to control blood sugar

Recent studies have shown that green tea can inhibit digestion of starchy foods, suppressing the subsequent spike in blood glucose. Anything that can naturally help us to digest less carbs can only be a good thing!

Green tea boosts fat-burning metabolism

Green tea can assist fat burning – but only alongside diet and exercise. It is not a miraculous magic compound to help you shed pounds while sitting on a sofa (nothing works that way!). However, if you already dieting and exercising, green tea can help to speed up the fat burning process.

Green tea contains strong antioxidants

Green tea is considered to be the best food source of catechins – a type of flavanoids that are very powerful antioxidants. Catechins help to prevent oxidative damage to cells more effectively than some other well-known antioxidants. Although there is no solid evidence to suggest that a low-carb diet results in more oxidative damage than a standard diet, taking antioxidants would prevent any potential damage from free radicals.

Green tea improves energy levels

Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee or black tea, but it does contain some (about half the caffeine content of black tea) so it provides a gentle energising effect, that won’t leave in you in a slump later.

Green tea can lower appetite

Regular consumption of green tea can result in feeling satiated longer after meals. This is obviously of benefit to anyone looking to lose weight, whether on a low-carb diet or not.

More, including full references for the claims and advice on how to take your green tea, at:  Green tea: Miracle drink to aid your low-carb diet

Is your low carb diet good for your skin?

Published on July 24, 2012,

Fox News has a report considering the effect of your diet – including low carb diets – on skin condition.

Sure, your diet keeps your body slim and healthy, but its impact doesn’t stop there. The food you eat—from wrinkle-fighting antioxidants in fruits and vegetables to hydrating healthy fats in fish—may matter to your skin almost as much as it does to your waistline. Is your way of noshing helping or hurting your complexion? We asked top docs for their take on the face-friendliness of six popular diets.

High-protein, low-carb
(such as South Beach Diet and Atkins)

The lowdown: First, the good news: Cutting back on white bread, pasta, and refined sugar in order to fight flab can also lower the secretion of the stress hormone cortisol and minimize breakouts, says Manhattan dermatologist Francesca Fusco, MD. Moderate plans that swap in whole grains, fresh produce, and lean meats also up antioxidants, blemish-busting zinc, and collagen-building protein.

But beware of more meat-heavy plans: Getting some cholesterol from red meat will shore up skin cells’ protective lipid layer, but “eating too much animal fat can result in an increased production of free radicals, which are thought to interfere with normal cellular processing,” says New York City–based aesthetic dermatologist Dr. Lisa Airan. “This may cause premature cell death,” which can lead to sagging skin.

Skin Rx: Drink lots of water to keep skin hydrated. Choose fish and other lean proteins—not just saturated fat–laden red meat. Eat antioxidant-rich leafy greens daily.

More, including the assessment of five other popular diets, at: Is your diet good for your skin

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