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…
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