Green tea and sugar

Tea is one of the nation’s favourite drinks and research suggests it’s also a healthy drink. Tea brings a number of health benefits including improving insulin sensitivity.

However, research notes that some the benefits are best experienced if you drink your tea without milk.

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Benefits of tea

Research suggests the following benefits may be enjoyed from tea:

  • Improving insulin sensitivity
  • Maintaining healthy blood pressure
  • Preventing blood clots
  • Reducing risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reducing risks of developing type 2 diabetes
  • Reducing risks of developing cancer

How does tea help diabetes?

Teas such as black tea, green tea and oolong tea contain polyphenols which researchers believe may increase insulin activity.

An American study of 2002 found, however, that addition of milk in tea decreased the insulin-sensitising effects of tea.

Can tea prevent diabetes?

Polyphenols are known to have anti-oxidative properties which can help protect against inflammation and carcinogens.

In other words, the properties in tea can help to prevent type 2 diabetes as well as cancer

A Dutch study from 2009 indicates that drinking three cups of tea (or coffee) could reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 40%.

Other factors for preventing type 2 diabetes include:

  • Eating minimal amounts of processed foods
  • Eating fresh vegetables regularly through the day
  • Including physical activity into each day
  • Not smoking
  • Keeping alcohol intake low

Tea and stress relief

Tea also contains tiny micronutrients called flavonoids which can help parts of the body to function better.

There are many different types of flavonoid and each have different health properties.

One flavonoid of interest that is found in tea is theanine which can help to control blood pressure and lower stress.

Which type of tea is best to drink?

The latest research indicates that green and black teas are as effective as each other in providing health benefits.

Other type of tea which have been found to have benefits include:

  • Oolong tea
  • Chamomile tea
  • Rooibos tea
  • Ginger tea

How it works- Lowering Blood Sugar Levels

High blood levels of glucose and insulin predispose people to diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and are associated with accelerated aging. For many people, sugar is the primary culprit in the accumulation of body fat. One animal study showed a significant reduction in body fat in response to green tea catechin supplementation.

Diabetes, or “sugar diabetes,” as it is most commonly referred to, is broken down into two main classes.

Type One: Insulin Dependent Diabetes (IDDM)

Type Two: Non-Insulin-Dependent Diabetes (NIDDM)

Other forms of diabetes include gestational diabetes (during pregnancy), water diabetes, and several other rare types of diabetes. Diabetes is a disease characterized by the insufficient secretion or improper functioning of insulin. Insulin regulates the amount of blood sugar in our tissue. Improper absorption of blood sugar leads to excess concentrations that must be released through urine. If this continues for long periods of time, it can lead to a number of more serious illnesses.

Green Tea Lowers the Blood Sugar Level

Green tea polyphenols and polysaccharides are effective in lowering blood sugar. Another study showed that green tea extract reduced the normal elevation of glucose and insulin when 50 grams of starch were ingested. The polyphenol group of green tea catechins has been shown to lower blood sugars, as well as the polysaccharides in green tea.

In fact, researchers have found that EGCG (also known as epigallocatechin gallete, one of the catechin polyphenols) influences the primary way that glucose is absorbed. EGCG may also help diabetics by mimicking the actions of insulin and inhibiting the liver’s production of glucose, thus lowering blood sugar. The liver produces some glucose, but the most common sugar spikes occur from the food we eat. Recent studies suggest that green tea catechins may reduce the amount of glucose that passes through the intestine and into the bloodstream. This will benefit diabetics by preventing blood-sugar spikes when tea is taken with meals.

When starch is consumed, it requires the enzyme amylase to break it down into simple sugars that can be absorbed in the blood stream. Green tea polyphenols inhibit amylase. One study showed that just one cup of green tea inhibited amylase activity by 87%. Another study showed that green tea extract reduced the normal elevation of glucose and insulin when 50 grams of starch were ingested.

How They Are Related: Tea and Diabetes

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, common tea can be an effective weapon in the fight against diabetes because it boosts insulin activity in the body by more than 15-fold. Both black and green teas were shown to increase insulin activity.

The sugars and carbohydrates in our food are digested mainly in the duodenum, where they are converted to glucose and then absorbed into the blood. The agent that regulates the intake of blood sugar into the tissues is insulin, a chemical secreted from Langerhans, which are islets on the pancreas. Diabetes is a disease characterized by the insufficient secretion or improper functioning of insulin, which hinders the proper absorption of glucose into the tissues and leads to a high concentration of blood sugar that must eventually be excreted into the urine. If this high concentration of blood sugar should continue for a long period, it will affect the vascular system and cause a number of quite serious diseases, including atherosclerosis and retinal hemorrhages.

It has been shown that the polysaccharides in green tea possess the same ability to regulate blood sugar as insulin. Although these results come from animal tests, the evidence that green tea catechin and polysaccharides can lower blood sugar in mice may also, in light of Dr. Minowada’s old report, apply to humans.

Research has provided hard-core evidence of the health benefits of green tea. Green tea is loaded with catechin polyphenols, especially epigallocatechin gallate, which is commonly referred to as EGCG. In addition to being a wonderful anti-oxidant, it also destroys malignant cancer cells, leaving healthy tissue untouched. Black tea, oolong tea, and green tea have the same origin- the camellia sinenisi plant, but green tea earns its reputation because the EGCG in it remains unoxidized and unfermented. In the other two kinds of tea, EGCG is changed into different compounds and the medicinal effect is diluted.

Green tea also helps to burn those extra calories, and when combined with caffeine, it augments the calorie burning. It increases the energy that is expended and helps to oxidize fats.

Diabetes, which is even more common than high blood pressure, can actually be kept under control by consuming green tea. Starch in any form is converted into sugar, and this is done with the help of an enzyme called amylase. The polyphenols present in green tea extract reduce the amount of amylase produced; thus, the levels of sugar in the blood also decrease.

Historical Uses

  • Used primarily for its free radical fighting capabilities
  • EGCG protects against digestive and respiratory infections
  • Helps block the cancer-promoting actions of carcinogens, ultraviolet light, and metastasis
  • High total and LDL-cholesterol levels
  • High blood pressure (suppresses angiotensin 1 converting enzyme)
  • Reduces platelet aggregation
  • Inhibiting pathogenic bacteria that causes food poisoning
  • Blocks the attachment of the bacteria associated with dental caries of the teeth.

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Call it the superstar drink or simply refer to it as the second most popular drink in the world (after water); tea is one good old diabetes-friendly drink. We Indians in particular, kick-start our day with a perfectly brewed cuppa, making tea an integral part of our lives. Our ritual of sipping on piping hot chai transcends all boundaries and cultures. But with roadside vendors dotted with chai wallahs who serve black tea boiled up with spices, sugar and milk; one really wonders which types of tea (and its preparation) are best suited for diabetics.

Because when living with diabetes, deciding which variety of tea to consume and how much of it is best suited for us becomes a matter of in-depth conversation.

Dr. AK Jhingan, Consultant Diabetologist at the Diabetes Education Research, New Delhi says, “People with diabetes tend to have problems with metabolising their sugar levels. Insulin tends to decrease sugar levels further. With type 2 diabetes, the body is not that sensitive to insulin or is at times deficient in it, leading to the spiralling of blood sugar levels. It is here that tea can be extra beneficial for diabetics as it aids with metabolic system functioning while sensitising cells.”

Green Tea and Management of Diabetes

Dr. Jhingan points out these benefits of drinking green tea for diabetics:

  • It contains high amounts of polyphenols (antioxidants), which have anti-oxidative properties that further help against carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) and inflammation.
  • Polyphenols also assist in reducing oxidative stress and vasodilation, i.e. widening of the arteries.
  • In fact, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a principal polyphenol in green tea, is the critical component that helps in sensitising cells for both types of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics to metabolise their sugar better. It reduces sharp peaks in blood sugar levels, which can overload your system with insulin.
  • Along with diabetes, green tea also helps in keeping cholesterol and obesity at bay. Maintaining blood sugar levels also maintains the blood pressure and cholesterol, which can keep the health of your heart in check too.
  • Green tea helps in preventing blood clotting, thus reducing cholesterol and obesity. Green tea inhibits fat from being accumulated in the body. Therefore, helping your body with processing the food you consume more efficiently.
  • By consuming 2-4 small cups of green tea after every meal, the insulin production can be given a boost, thus keeping your diabetes in check.

Make sure not to add any processed sugar or artificial sweetener in tea to extract full benefits out of it. Best way to consume green tea is to dip the green tea sachet in water and sip it gradually.

Green Tea or Black Tea for Diabetes Management?

While green tea contains unfermented leaves, which is more effective than black tea, and is always considered the real hero of the tea world; black tea, too, is packed with diabetes-friendly properties. “Black tea is also extracted from the same plant as green tea, but unlike green tea, it is oxidised using heat and humidity to alter its texture, flavour and colour,” suggests Dr. Jhingan. He further adds, “Black tea holds its own glory as it contains higher levels of polysaccharides when compared to green tea, thus directly stabilising blood sugar levels. But the biggest trick with black tea is to drink it stand alone, not more than two times in a day, without adding any milk or sugar to it.”

In fact, according to Dr. Jhingan, you could add the following ingredients to your black or green tea to make it more effective:

  • A small bark of cinnamon stick: Cinnamon is packed with excellent anti-bacterial properties. It is an excellent source of antioxidant that helps diabetics to increase their insulin sensitivity.
  • A pinch of crushed cardamom: Cardamom is packed with manganese that helps regulate blood sugar levels and calcium absorption. Cardamom is also useful in reducing fasting blood glucose levels.
  • A few specs of grated ginger: This Indian digestive ingredient is not only anti-inflammatory, but it also helps in improvising the production of sensitivity in the body. It reduces oxidation by managing cholesterol levels.

Irrespective of the fact you choose green, black, or any other type of herbal tea, the key lies in avoiding sweeteners and milk.For a refreshing taste, make your own homemade iced tea version using different varieties of tea such as green tea mixed with basil, green tea mixed with jasmine, Oolong tea or Earl Grey tea. And yes, adding a few slices of lemon always helps in boosting the tea’s advantages and flavour!

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The Health Benefits and Risks of Green Tea for People With Type 2 Diabetes

By now, you’ve probably heard about the wonders that green tea can do for a body. Researchers have studied this nutritional powerhouse’s potential role in boosting heart health, fighting infection, and even improving brain function, a review published in Chinese Medicine suggests. But does the beverage also have a place in a type 2 diabetes diet? Turns out, it can.

The Importance of Choosing Good Drinks for Diabetes

When you have type 2 diabetes, your body’s cells can no longer efficiently absorb blood sugar (glucose), the body’s main energy source, due to a condition called insulin resistance. Insulin resistance leads to an elevated blood glucose level (called hyperglycemia), which increases the risk for diabetes complications, including heart disease, kidney failure, and nerve damage (neuropathy).

What you choose to eat and drink can affect your blood sugar level dramatically, the Mayo Clinic points out. The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health notes that one of the main drivers behind the obesity and diabetes epidemic is added sugar — namely, the added sugar in popular sips like sports drinks, soda, and fruit juice. It’s this very aspect of your diet where green tea can be helpful in stabilizing blood sugar.

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The Science-Backed Health Benefits of Green Tea for Diabetes

There’s a wealth of research on how green tea may help with weight loss and thus help people with type 2 diabetes get their blood sugar under control. It depends on the variety, but a plain cup of green tea from a steeped bag contains 0 calories, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition data. That means it’s a great alternative to sugary and caloric sodas and energy drinks.

“When you lose weight, you increase your insulin sensitivity and will have a lower blood sugar level,” says Sandra Arevalo, MPH, RDN, a certified diabetes educator based in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and spokesperson for the American Association of Diabetes Educators. A study published in the Journal of Research in Medical Sciences looked at different doses of green tea in 63 people with type 2 diabetes. Researchers found that drinking 4 cups per day was linked to weight loss and lower blood pressure.

Toby Smithson, RDN, CDE, author of Diabetes Meal Planning and Nutrition for Dummies, explains that the catechins in green tea help reduce the effects of insulin resistance by decreasing the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates. (Catechins are a type of antioxidant.) A study published in September 2014 in the Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences suggests that drinking green tea regularly — participants drank a 150-milliliter infusion three times per day for four weeks — had a positive effect on insulin resistance in people with diabetes and increased their HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels. An infusion of 3 grams (g) of tea leaves in 5 ounces of water is stronger than a regular cup of green tea (2 g of tea leaves brewed in 8 ounces of water), but Smithson, who is also based in Hilton Head, South Carolina, says it’s possible to get the same benefits listed in the study by drinking several cups of regular green tea per day. But, she points out, green tea alone is unlikely to control blood sugar and cholesterol levels — you’ll need to eat a balanced diet that’s low in added sugars, simple carbohydrates, and saturated fat and monitor your numbers regularly.

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Drinking green tea may also decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, some scientific literature suggests. Research in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that people in Japan who drank 6 or more cups of green tea per day were 33 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared with people who drank less than 1 cup per week when adjusting for confounding factors like age and body mass index.

Green tea has a powerful antioxidant called polyphenol, which may give it anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and cholesterol-lowering benefits, according to a review published in November 2014 in the Journal of Food Processing and Technology. Polyphenols come from plants and help protect our cells from damage. Green tea has a few different types that make up around 40 percent of its dry weight.

In addition, green tea may have a calming effect on the mind and body. It contains the amino acid L-theanine, which Smithson says has a calming effect. According to a study published in October 2012 in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology, L-theanine may help reduce anxiety and prevent stress-related increases in blood pressure. “Having a chronic condition like diabetes can add stress and anxiety, so drinking a cup of green tea can offer a benefit of calmness,” she adds.

How Much Green Tea Should You Drink If You Have Diabetes?

Research suggests that there aren’t negative effects to drinking green tea, as long as you’re not adding sugar, says Winonah Hoffman, RN, nursing manager at Austin Regional Clinic in Austin, Texas. When treating people with diabetes, Hoffman recommends never adding sugar to drinks; instead, she advises drinking unsweetened tea or tea with sugar alternatives, like stevia.

Stevia is a sugar substitute that comes from the leaves of the stevia plant. Hoffman likes it as an option for people with diabetes because it has less than 1 calorie and no carbs per packet. A study published in the journal Appetite suggests that of the low-calorie sweeteners commonly used by people with diabetes (including aspartame and sucrose), stevia was the only one shown to lower blood sugar and insulin levels after a meal.

RELATED: 5 Sugar Substitutes for Type 2 Diabetes

If you find green tea to be too bitter, forgo using honey or table sugar (brown or white) and instead opt for a sweetener such as stevia.

When drinking green tea, the other thing to keep in mind is caffeine, which can affect blood sugar and blood pressure. The latter is of particular concern for people with type 2 diabetes, who are 2 to 4 times as likely to die of heart disease compared with people without type 2 diabetes, according to the American Heart Association.

A good way to see how you respond to the amount of caffeine in green tea is to check your blood sugar before drinking the tea and then one to two hours afterward, says Smithson. If you’re still in your target range before and after, you haven’t hit your limit. Smithson also recommends using a home blood pressure cuff to monitor blood pressure.

The good news is that green tea has much less caffeine than coffee or black tea. According to the Mayo Clinic, there’s about 25 to 29 milligrams (mg) per 8 ounces of brewed green tea compared with 95 to 165 mg for the same amount of brewed coffee and 25 to 48 mg for brewed black tea.

But if your body is sensitive to caffeine, it could still be a problem. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to your individual reaction.

Other Teas to Try to Better Manage Type 2 Diabetes

The difference between green, oolong, and black tea is how they’re processed. Green tea is made from fresh leaves, which are steamed to prevent fermentation. The tea keeps its green color and antioxidant compounds. Oolong tea is slightly fermented, and black tea is fully fermented.

Some people prefer black or oolong teas because they’re milder in taste (green tea can be a bit more bitter), says Hoffman. Compared with green tea, black and oolong teas don’t have the same antioxidant levels and have slightly more caffeine, but that doesn’t mean they’re a bad choice.

If you are sensitive to caffeine, herbal teas can be a great substitute. They don’t contain caffeine and can be rich with flavor. On this note, Arevalo recommends cinnamon tea for people with type 2 diabetes — for both taste and possible health benefits (cinnamon is packed with antioxidants). There’s also some evidence that cinnamon might help control blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes in larger amounts.

20 Benefits of Green Tea That Will Make You Rethink Your Morning Coffee

Green tea comes from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant, which is a small shrub that is native to East Asia and India (Tea Revolution, n.d.). While the drink has been enjoyed for centuries, even today, scientists continue to uncover new and exciting benefits of the beverage. Enjoying one or more cups of green tea per day could help you unlock some of these benefits.

Green Teas & More

1. Green Tea Is a Natural Stimulant

Green tea is a natural source of caffeine, making it a great way to perk yourself up when you’re feeling tired. The good news is that green tea contains less caffeine than coffee, meaning that you can sip this beverage throughout the afternoon without significantly disturbing your sleep or suffering through the jittery side effects of a caffeine overdose (Mayo Clinic, 2014).

2. Green Tea Might Help Fight Off Cancer

Your cells naturally accumulate oxidative damage during regular cell metabolism. A class of molecules called antioxidants can prevent or even reverse that damage. One of the most powerful antioxidants is called epigallocatechin gallate, and it is found in high levels in green tea. Epigallocatechin gallate has been shown to reduce the growth of breast and prostate tumors (Liao et al., 1995).

3. Minimal Processing Leaves Nutrients Intact

Unlike soda, another common source of caffeine, tea is relatively unprocessed. After picking the leaves, they are allowed to soften before being rolled to wring out their juices (Tea Class, n.d.). After heat is applied to the leaves, they are dried and ready to use. This minimal amount of processing means that green tea retains many of the phytonutrients that are available in the actual tea plant.

4. Green Tea is Associated with Lower Heart Disease Risk

Green tea may also be good for your heart. In a study of 40,530 Japanese individuals followed over seven years, drinking three to four cups of green tea per day was associated with a 31% lower risk of dying of cardiovascular disease (Kuriyama, 2006).

5. It May Rev Up Your Metabolism, Helping You Lose Weight

The phytonutrients in green tea may also help you lose weight and keep it off. A 2009 meta-analysis of studies in this area found that drinking catechin-rich green tea significantly reduced body weight (Hursel et al., 2009). Furthermore, people who drank green tea were more likely to maintain a healthy weight after significant weight loss.

6. Green Tea Balances Your Ratio of Good and Bad Cholesterol

Not all cholesterol is bad for you. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is associated with cardiovascular risk, while high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol could actually protect you against heart disease. Although the exact mechanisms of this effect are unknown, the phytonutrients in green tea appear to be connected to balanced LDL and HDL cholesterol levels, helping to keep them in a healthy range (Maron et al., 2003).

7. Green Tea May Help You Chill Out

Green tea contains the amino acid L-theanine, which is found almost exclusively in tea plants (Raj Juneja et al., 1999). L-theanine acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain, meaning that it sends signals to neurons. Several studies have shown that L-theanine appears to increase alpha-wave generation in the human brain, signalling a state of relaxation (Raj Juneja et al., 1999).

8. It May Protect Your Brain Against Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by profound changes in memory and thinking abilities. This neurodegenerative disease currently has no cure. However, the antioxidants in green tea appear to reduce the likelihood that you will develop Alzheimer’s disease (Weinreb et al., 2004).

9. It May Also Provide Protection Against Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition that affects movement and fine motor control. Like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease is progressive and has no cure. The polyphenols in green tea may protect against cell injury caused by neurotoxins while promoting the survival of healthy cells (Pan, Jankovic, & Weidong, 2003).

10. Drinking Green Tea Keeps Your Mouth Healthy

Your mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria. Green tea has natural antibiotic and antifungal properties. In fact, growing evidence suggests that drinking green tea could protect against cavities and bad breath (Narotzkia, 2012).

11. Green Tea Compounds Could Fight Against MRSA

Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is a strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that is often transmitted in health care settings. Unlike regular staph infections, MRSA is not easily treated with antibiotics. Thus, new avenues for treatment are needed. Some preliminary evidence indicates that green tea may be helpful in the fight against MRSA (Zhao et al., 2001).

12. Drinking Green Tea May Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels

The flavonoids in green tea, including epigallocatechin gallate, have been shown to decrease the liver’s glucose production. This means that your body regulates blood sugar more effectively, keeping your glucose levels within a healthy range (Waltner-Law, 2002).

13. Green Tea Can Lower Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is becoming an epidemic in the United States, with nearly 10% of the population having this condition (American Diabetes Association, 2016). Drinking green tea could lower your risk. Compared to those who drank one cup per week, participants who drank more than six cups of tea per day had an astonishing 33% lower risk of type 2 diabetes (Iso et al., 2006). This effect remained even after researchers controlled for factors such as age, sex, and body mass index.

14. The Fluoride in Green Tea Promotes Healthy Teeth

Green tea contains fluoride, the mineral that is added to the water supply to support stronger dental health (Fung et al., 1999). Small increases in the amount of fluoride can prevent bacteria from attacking teeth.

15. Green Tea Keeps Bones Strong

Loss of bone strength is a major public health problem, particularly for postmenopausal women, who are at high risk for osteoporosis. The polyphenols in green tea may increase bone mass, protecting bone tissue from damage (Shen et al., 2008).

16. Antioxidants in Green Tea Boost the Immune System

Drinking green tea might fend of the sniffles this winter. In a randomized controlled trial, 32% fewer participants taking green tea extract developed cold or flu symptoms compared to a placebo control group (Rowe et al., 2006). The exact mechanisms behind this effect are unknown, but they could be related to the vitamin C content in green tea.

17. Green Tea Keeps You Looking Youthful

Not only is green tea good for your physical health, but it could also keep you looking great! Beauty experts commonly use green tea products for their anti-inflammatory effects. For instance, a combined regimen of 10% green tea cream and green tea supplements improves the elasticity of skin, which keeps your skin looking more youthful as you age (Chiu et al., 2005).

18. Green Tea Can Help You Reduce Your Sugar Intake

Green tea is a healthy choice for those worried about added sugars, because it naturally contains zero grams of sugar. Compared to soda and fruit juice, which both contain a lot of sugar, green tea is the healthier choice. If you are accustomed to sugary beverages, it may take some time to adjust to the more astringent flavor of green tea. One good way to reap the benefits of green tea is to mix a tablespoon or two of matcha green tea powder into your smoothies until you get used to drinking green tea on its own.

19. Green Tea Can Boost Your Productivity

As a mild stimulant, green tea can help you concentrate better. If you are feeling a mid-afternoon slump, brew yourself a cup of green tea to perk yourself up and enhance your productivity.

20. Green Tea is Connected to Longer Life

The accumulated health benefits of green tea mean that it may help you live longer. Indeed, one large study that followed participants over 11 years found that drinking three or four cups of tea each day lowered risk of mortality by 5% for men and 18% for women (Kuriyama, 2006).

Green Tea Recipes

Looking for a more creative way to enjoy the benefits of green tea than a standard cup of herbal tea? These recipes incorporate the plant into treats that complement its unique natural flavor with complementary tastes and textures.

Matcha Green Tea Muffins Recipe {gluten-free}

You don’t have to limit your green tea consumption to a beverage, and these mouthwatering muffins make it easy to add more of the herb and its beneficial phytonutrients to your diet. Enjoy a muffin in the morning or add sweet toppings for a scrumptious dessert!
Ingredients: Almond flour, coconut flour, gluten-free rolled oats, egg, olive oil, vanilla extract, almond milk, unrefined sugar, matcha green tea powder, baking powder, baking soda, dark chocolate chips, coconut oil, pistachios.
Total Time: 1 hour | Yield: 10 muffins

Matcha Green Tea Pancakes Recipe {gluten-free}

Another matcha-based morning meal, these green tea pancakes serve up a scrumptious source of the plant and its particular palate. Similar to the muffins listed above, these pancakes pair perfectly with sweeter toppings to create a meal that can be enjoyed anytime!
Ingredients: Almond milk, brown rice flour, egg, sugar, coconut oil, matcha green tea powder, hemp protein powder, butter, greek yogurt, walnuts, almonds, banana chips, cranberries, golden raisins, maple syrup, cacao powder, baking powder.
Total Time: 15 minutes | Yield: 9-10 pancakes

Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Recipe {gluten-free, vegan}

Searching for a smoothie that serves as a meal replacement or a satiating treat? This superb recipe combines the natural savor of the herb with other healthful ingredients like flaxseed, hemp protein powder, and mulberries for a treat to help meet your nutritional needs.
Ingredients: Almond milk, matcha green tea powder, hemp protein powder, almond flour, dried mulberries, pitted dates, flaxseed meal, ice cubes, stevia powder.
Total Time: 5 minutes | Yield: 4 smoothies

Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe {Vegan}

If you’re a fan of the sweet drink that has everyone enjoying more of that distinctive green tea taste then this recipe is sure to please your palate. Indulge with this sugary latte to enjoy the benefits of the herb with a flavor that is sure to sate even the most demanding sweet tooth.
Ingredients: Matcha green tea powder, sugar, vanilla extract, almond milk, coconut milk, coconut cream.
Total Time: 5 minutes | Yield: 4 servings

Green Tea Products

Searching for the right tea leaves to meet your particular needs? We have different types of green tea to accommodate different tastes, as well as bottled tea to accommodate busy schedules.

Green Tea

$2.99

If you find that your tea bags and loose leaf tea sits in the pantry, but you still long for that perfect serving of the beverage to start your day then our prepackaged ice tea may be exactly what you’re looking for. Try this bottle of unsweetened green tea today!

Jasmine Tea

For those that prefer Jasmine green tea to the typical variety, this bottle offers the same convenience of our standard bottled green tea with a more potent taste. Enjoy the full fragrance of green tea in all its glory with a bottle of this Jasmine green tea.

100% Matcha Green Tea Powder

$18.99

If you’re hoping for a premium tea then our 100% matcha powder is the choice for you. Not only is this tea ideal for brewing, but it can also easily be used for baked goods, smoothies, and other recipes.

Green Tea Powder

$7.99/lb

Unlike our matcha powder, this selection utilizes the more typical type of the herb to offer a more affordable option that can still be used for smoothies, baked goods and typical hot or cold beverages.

Matcha Green Tea Powder Mix

$7.99

If you know you enjoy your tea on the sweeter side then our matcha green tea powder can reduce the time it takes to supplement your drink with sugar or other sweeteners. The mixture is ideal for those that love milk tea beverages but who still seek the benefits of this potent tea.

Japanese Sencha Green Tea

$4.99

The prototypical green tea, sencha actually means “common tea,” ensuring that you know exactly what you’re getting when you choose to brew this type of leaf: a classic flavor with low caffeine and plenty of antioxidant action.

Citrus Green Tea

$5.99

Not a fan of the typical tastes associated with green tea? No problem! Our citrus green tea couples the benefits of the herb with a uniquely tart taste that is reminiscent of orange and lemon peels.

Pan-fired Green Tea Sachet

$9.99

Another choice for those that feel the traditional taste of the tea is too strong, this pan-fired tea has been prepared in such a way as to reduce the strong sensations of the herb. The tea also comes ready in sachets to make it easy to make.

Jasmine Green Tea

A loose leaf option that is more aromatic than other types of green tea, this Jasmine tea couples the sweet scent of flowers with the sharp savor of green tea to create a balanced beverage that is sure to please.

Gunpowder Tea

On the other end of the spectrum is this loose leaf variety that packs even more potency into every cup. Gunpowder tea is rolled into pellets to retain its taste and aroma until the second it is brewed!

Young Hyson Tea

Hyson tea is a Chinese variety that provides a characteristically fresh expression of the standard green tea flavor and aroma. Give this unique leaf a chance and you may just find you have a new favorite green tea!

Five best teas that can help you lose weight, manage diabetes

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New Delhi: Living with diabetes doesn’t mean you’ll have to stop enjoying a relaxing tea time with your friends and family. You many not know but tea actually offers specific benefits for people living with diabetes – provided you ditch the sugar, and of course that milky brew too.

Tea is full of healthy substances that can help improve and protect your health in a number of ways. Read: Weight loss – Five food items you should avoid for breakfast Some of the health beenfits of tea are –

  • It improves insulin sensitivity
  • It helps maintain healthy blood pressure
  • It prevents blood clots
  • It reduces risk of developing type 2 diabetes
  • It lowers risk for cardiovascular disease
  • It helps with weight loss
  • It lowers risk of cancer

Read: Diabetic diet – The five best foods that control blood sugar

In fact, research has shown that the health benefits of tea are best experienced if you drink it without milk. Try these five healthful teas that are easy to prepare and great for lowering blood sugar levels as well as reducing body fat:

Green tea

A number of studies suggested green tea can actually benefit people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Green tea contains a number of beneficial polyphenols, including one called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which improves insulin sensitivity and combats obesity. Green tea is considered as one of the healthiest foods that helps with weight loss.

Black tea

Like green tea, black tea harbors a number of substances that can help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Black tea also contains a special polysaccharide compound that acts almost exactly like the diabetes drugs Precose and Glyset – prescribed for type 2 diabetes. Read: Seven good reasons to drink black tea every day

Also, a 2008 study carried out by the University of Dundee reported that black tea contains factors called theaflavins and thearubigins, which are flund to act like insulin.

According to a study conducted by the University of California, black tea may help in losing weight by changing bacteria in the gut.

Ginger tea

Ginger contains several compounds, including the ones that can help reduce blood sugar levels and regulate insulin response in people with diabetes. It has been proven that ginger acts as a natural appetite suppressant, which is the best way to lose weight. Read: How to lose weight and burn belly fat with ginger

This wonder spice has been used for thousands of years for treating various ailments, such as indigestion, nausea, vomiting, cough and colds.

Chamomile tea

Chamomile tea can help lower blood sugar levels and prevent complications arising from diabetes, including kidney disease, blindness, etc. Drinking chamomile tea can also help you lose weight, lower stress levels, regulate sleep, and soothe menstrual symptoms, among others.

Hibiscus tea

Rich rich in vitamin C, minerals, and various antioxidants, hibiscus tea can help control blood sugar in types 2 diabetes. The health benefits of drinking hibiscus tea also include lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, reducing the risk of cancer. It can also speed up metabolism, and thus aids in gradual weight loss.

KEY POINTS

  • Type 2 diabetes patients must ensure that they have low blood sugar levels
  • Certain foods must be avoided, but there are also foods and drinks that are helpful
  • One of the helpful beverages is black tea

Type 2 diabetes is characterized by the inability of the pancreas to function or produce enough amount of insulin properly. This hormone plays a vital role in regulating the blood sugar in the body. Insufficiency of insulin may result in uncontrolled sugar levels, which may keep on rising in the case of type 2 diabetes.

If left unchecked, this could cause the development of life-threatening complications like stroke or heart disease. Fortunately, making healthy lifestyle choices can help regulate blood sugar levels, and in blood sugar management, diet plays a central role.

Dietary Items To Control Blood Sugar Level

Some dietary items, like certain teas, have blood sugar-lowering properties. There are tea varieties that have been proved to contain chemicals called polyphenols. Scientists believe these chemicals help increase insulin activity.

Black tea, for instance, has been proven to enhance insulin use in the body. Derived from camellia sinensis leaves, it is among the tea types widely consumed in the UK. black tea to lower blood sugar Photo: pompi –

In one study, researchers examined the insulin-enhancing properties of black tea. Their findings show that black tea was able to increase insulin activity by more than 15 times.

The results of the study led researchers to conclude that aside from polyphenols, many other compounds in tea, particularly catechin called epigallocatechin gallate, are proven to enhance insulin levels.

Lowers Blood Sugar Spikes

Additionally, results of research published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition also found that tea considerably lowered the spikes in blood glucose levels. The research examined both pre-diabetic and healthy adults who were asked to consume a sugary drink.

According to the authors of the study, black tea significantly lowered incremental blood glucose after consumption of sucrose at 60, 90, and 120 minutes as compared to placebo.

The researchers also said that polyphenols reduce glycemic response and may also be the reason why tea and coffee drinkers are at the lowest risk for diabetes. This is the position of Peter Clifton, M.D., PhD., a professor of nutrition at the University of South Australia in Adelaide.

He conducted a review recently of the role of dietary polyphenols in managing insulin sensitivity and glucose homeostasis. His findings were published in Nutrients.

July 30, 2009 — Black tea contains a substance that mimics type 2 diabetes drugs Precose and Glyset.

Black tea contains more of the substance, a polysaccharide compound, than either green or oolong tea, report Haixia Chen and colleagues of Tianjin University, China.

Coarse tea has been used as a diabetes treatment in China and Japan. It’s known that tea polysaccharides reduce blood sugar.

Now Chen and colleagues show that tea polysaccharides inhibit an enzyme called alpha-glucosidase, which turns starch into glucose. The diabetes drugs Precose and Glyset work by inhibiting this enzyme.

“Many efforts have been made to search for effective glucose inhibitors from natural materials,” Chen says in a news release. “There is a potential for exploitation of black tea polysaccharide in managing diabetes.”

It’s not clear whether simply drinking black tea would help. Chen’s team used chemical extraction methods — not simple brewing — to derive the polysaccharides from tea they purchased at local markets.

Chen and colleagues report their findings in the current issue of the Journal of Food Science.

Why Drinking Tea May Help Prevent and Manage Type 2 Diabetes

The fountain of youth still remains elusive, but there’s something that seems close: green tea. People have been drinking tea for centuries, and today it’s the second most popular drink in the world (after water). Some of that popularity may stem from the many widely recognized benefits of tea, including its reported power to prevent cancer and to sharpen mental health. But tea may offer health benefits related to diabetes, too.

“We know people with diabetes have problems metabolizing sugar,” says Suzanne Steinbaum, DO, a cardiologist, director of women’s heart health at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. “Insulin comes along to decrease sugar, but with type 2 diabetes, the body isn’t so sensitive to insulin, so blood sugar levels go up. Through a complex biochemical reaction, tea — especially green tea — helps sensitize cells so they are better able to metabolize sugar. Green tea is good for people with diabetes because it helps the metabolic system function better.”

A 2013 research review published in the Diabetes and Metabolism Journal outlined the potential benefits of tea when it comes to diabetes as well as obesity, which is a risk factor for diabetes. It highlighted a Japanese study that found that people who drank 6 or more cups of green tea a day were 33 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than were people who drank less than a cup of green tea a week. It also reported on Taiwanese research that found that people who drank green tea regularly for more than a decade had smaller waists and a lower body fat composition than those who weren’t regular consumers of green tea.

Drinking tea for diabetes is such a good idea because tea contains substances called polyphenols, which are antioxidants found in every plant. “Polyphenols help reduce oxidative stress and cause vasodilation (widening of the arteries), which decreases blood pressure, prevents clotting, and reduces cholesterol,” Dr. Steinbaum says. All of these activities reduce the risk for heart disease, which is elevated in people with diabetes. Polyphenols in green tea can also help regulate glucose in the body, helping to prevent or control diabetes.

Drinking Tea for Diabetes: Green Tea or Black Tea?

When it comes to drinking tea for diabetes, Steinbaum says benefits are tied to all teas, but that green tea is the clear winner. “For one, when you drink green tea for diabetes, you will get a higher level of polyphenols than you would get in black,” she explains. It’s the polyphenols in fruits and vegetables that give them their bright colors. So, having more color means that green tea is richer in polyphenols. “Of the black teas, the more orange the color, the higher the polyphenols,” she adds.

Besides its color, green tea also contains higher polyphenol levels because it’s prepared from unfermented leaves, “so it is really pure,” Steinbaum says. Black tea, on the other hand, is made from leaves that are fully fermented, which robs it of some nutrients. “Plus, some black tea varieties can have two to three times more caffeine than green, which isn’t good in excess,” she says.

Polyphenols: Beyond Drinking Tea for Diabetes

The benefits of tea are clear. But besides tea, a number of foods high in polyphenols also can help prevent and manage type 2 diabetes. “The fruits highest in polyphenols are berries, grapes, apples, and pomegranates — because of their rich color,” Steinbaum says. Broccoli, onions, garlic, tomatoes, eggplant, and spinach are also good sources, as are cranberries, blood oranges, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb, lemons, limes, and kiwis. “We know red wine contains resveratrol, which is a polyphenol — the highest concentration is in Bordeaux,” Steinbaum says.

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Cocoa is also a good source — a reason to eat a piece of dark chocolate now and then. “And for those following a vegetarian diet, there are also a number of foods high in polyphenols that also provide protein, such as red beans, black beans, pinto beans, pistachios, walnuts, chickpeas, and all the nut butters,” she says.

Overall, in addition to drinking tea for diabetes, eating a diet that’s good for your blood sugar isn’t complicated. “Type 2 diabetes tends to be driven by dietary lifestyle choices,” Steinbaum says. “When we talk about prevention, having a diet filled with polyphenols will help the body better metabolize sugar.” Hands down, eating foods rich in polyphenols — such as garlic and brightly colored fruits and vegetables — and drinking tea for diabetes, especially green tea, are great ideas for anyone trying to manage or prevent diabetes.

“When you say, ‘What is the best diet for diabetes?,’ people are hoping for this amazing plan,” Steinbaum says. “But it really comes down to eating colorful fruits and veggies, nuts, drinking green tea, eating fish with omega-3 fatty acids, and getting a little cocoa and red wine — and you’re done.”

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For those people who are diabetic, I’m going to tell herbal tea for diabetes. After knowing which you can reduce your high blood sugar significantly.

People have this problem mostly due to three reasons –

  • First – obesity,
  • Second – physical inactivity and
  • Third – drinking tea

Here I am not talking about herbal tea, I am talking about tea which you are already drinking, like red tea, sugar tea or milk tea.

In which the amount of sugar is high and its nutrition value is reduced, which helps in increasing your obesity.

Because of which you are facing this disease.

If you read a regular article on Fitnesswood, then I have already told you how much tea can be dangerous for you.

Because there is an element called caffeine, which tells your brain repeatedly to drink tea and you drink it too.

Due to which your habit of drinking tea does not leave.

But when it comes to herbal tea, there is no such substance in it, which can harm you, if you use it correctly.

If you drink sugar in herbal tea then definitely will harm you, so you do not do this.

Now we come directly to the topic –

3 Best Herbal Tea for Diabetes with Benefits

1. Cinnamon tea –

It is quite popular in the health and fitness lifestyle and its demand is also quite high.

Since the awareness of people has increased towards fitness, the demand for cinnamon tea has increased.

And Cinnamon tea has tremendous advantages that every doctor advises to drink it because it is the best home remedy for a diabetic.

  • Your blood sugar level drops significantly after drinking it.
  • The problem of your insulin resistance starts shivering.
  • If there is any type of inflammation in the stomach, it decreases by drinking it.

How to make Cinnamon tea for a diabetic –

Ingredients –

  1. Cinnamon powder – half teaspoon,
  2. Water – half cup

Recipe –

  • First, you pour water into a vessel. After that, add cinnamon powder to boil it for 7 to 8 minutes.
  • And have fun.

Extra tips – Here you can use cinnamon stick or powder, but when you use a cinnamon stick, put the cinnamon stick on the heating of water, which is best for diabetic patients.

2. Green tea –

Green tea was first used less often but since the number of diabetics has increased, Since then, it began to feel like everyone needed it.

The excessive consumption of green tea is occurring in America because in the United States about 10% of people are diabetic, and people here are now paying more attention to medicines than on their diet and physical activity.

For this reason, there is a great demand for green tea in the USA.

So you can understand how green tea can be beneficial for you.

How to make green tea to lower blood sugar –

Ingredients –

  1. Green tea bag – a piece,
  2. Water – a cup,

Recipe –

  • First of all, heat the water on the stove. Then put a green tea bag in a cup. And pour hot water over it and keep the green tea bag in the cup for at least 2 to 3 minutes.
  • After that, you can enjoy it.

Extra tips – If you are using green tea leaves, then put it in hot water and leave it for 2 to 3 minutes.

After that, you filter it with a sieve.

3. Peppermint tea –

This tea was used to cure insomnia of very old time and is done even today.

But since diabetes has increased considerably, it is used to reduce sugar.

Apart from this, it helps in reducing the stress caused by the disease, in eliminating the problems associated with the stomach, increasing your concentration power.

That’s why this is also the best herbal tea for diabetes.

How to Make Peppermint Herbal Tea for Diabetes-

Ingredients –

  1. Peppermint tea powder/leaves/ bag – A spoon or bag,
  2. Water – a cup.

Recipe –

  • If you are using peppermint bag, first heat the water.
  • After that, add water to the cup and leave the bag on top and leave it for 8 minutes.
  • If you are using leaf or powder, after heating the water, when you start taking it off, apply peppermint leaf or powder in hot water 2 minutes before it.
  • Then, after taking it off the stove, filter it with a sieve and drink it.

Bonus tips –

Do not use sugar-free products sold in the market, since all of them are indirectly the amount of sugar that spike your blood sugar level.

That is why you can use natural sweeteners instead.

The above-mentioned tea can also be used for Prediabetic, Type 1 diabetic, Type 2 diabetic, and gestational diabetic.

Best Herbal or Green Tea Brand for Diabetes –
  • Bigelow,
  • Dilmah,
  • Lipton Herbal Tea,
  • Twinings Herbal Tea (48 counts),
  • Tazo Herbal Tea, etc.

Some Useful Topics for You –

  1. Top Ayurvedic Herbs for High Blood Sugar.
  2. 6 Foods You Should Never Ever Eat with Diabetes.
  3. 5 Healthy Protein for Diabetics.
  4. Diabetic Diet for Beginners.
  5. Type 2 Diabetic Breakfast Recipes with Nutritional Value.

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When living with diabetes, every food and drink choice becomes a conversation. Deciding what you put in your body can be a daunting task when the consequences of choosing poorly are more extreme than what a person living without diabetes might face. It’s also true that food and drink choices can be some of the simplest, and most empowering, ways for people living with diabetes to manage their condition and its symptoms.
There has been some evidence in recent years that drinking certain teas, in certain quantities, can have a beneficial effect on your health whether you have diabetes or not. For those living with diabetes, tea actually has the potential to do a lot of good. Depending on what type you drink, tea can chemically assist your body with processing and managing sugar and insulin levels, and can also help people manage some of the symptoms of diabetes, including circulation problems, energy levels, blood pressure and more.

A Little Background on Tea

Tea is a hot or cold beverage consumed by billions of people across the globe daily, with 3 billion tons of tea produced every year for human consumption. There are many varieties of tea; green, white, black, oolong, rooibos, herbal… the list can be long and a bit intimidating, especially when you take into account that many “teas” don’t actually contain the leaves of the tea plant, or camellia sinensis, which is an evergreen shrub native to Asia. Rooibos is made from a bush native to Southern Africa. Herbal teas can contain flowers, leaves, or other parts of a number of different plant varieties, and all of these plants can and do have a different effect on your body.

Given that so many people drink tea of one sort or another on such a regular basis, science has been studying the effect that tea and it’s various chemical compounds has on the human body for decades. Some varieties of tea contain caffeine, which can stimulate your mind but has been linked in certain cases to high blood pressure and other less beneficial effects, which can be especially dangerous when combined with the symptoms of diabetes.

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As with any dietary or other change, using tea to manage diabetes may not work for everyone. Here are all the facts you’ll need to decide if adding tea to your diet can help you live a longer, healthier life.

Types of Tea and their Properties

Green Tea

Green tea is consumed on a daily basis in dozens of countries worldwide. Unlike black tea, green tea varieties are only minimally processed, and are usually not oxidized at all, which preserves the various chemical compounds and allows them to be processed by the body much easier. Green tea is particularly high in polylphenols, chemical compounds characterized by their antioxidant properties, and their ability to bind with and affect many other compounds.

Medical Properties of Green Tea

What this all means for diabetics has to do with the way the body processes fat. Polyphenols in green tea have been shown to affect the way the body metabolizes food by inhibiting the enzyme amylase, which is primarily responsible for turning carbohydrates into simple sugars (glucose). Green tea has also been shown to inhibit fat from being deposited in your body. Both these factors can help to slow weight gain, and assist your body with processing the food you consume more efficiently. For those with Type II diabetes, green tea can help reduce the sharp peaks in blood sugar that can overload your system with insulin after you eat.

Black Tea

Despite appearances, black tea comes from the same plant as green tea. Unlike green teas, black tea has been oxidized using heat and humidity to change its color, texture, and flavor. Black tea has many of the same properties as green tea, although it contains less caffeine, since the heat involved in its processing serves to break down some of the caffeine molecules (much like darker roasted coffee beans).

Medical Properties of Black Tea

Drinking black tea will help to slow weight gain in the same way as green tea, and contains many of the same polyphenols. Black tea stands apart from green tea in the higher levels of polysaccharides it contains, which is a type of carbohydrate which serves to retard the absorption of glucose, thus directly stabilizing blood sugar levels.

Oolong Tea

Oolong tea is a variety of tea that falls between green and black in terms of processing, color, and properties. It has been oxidized to some degree, more than green tea but less than black. Oolong teas therefore fall in between black and green tea in most other ways, including in its levels of polysaccharides, polyphenols, and caffeine.

Medical Properties of Oolong Tea

Oolong tea specifically has been shown to lower plasma glucose levels, but it’s important to note that the area that a tea is sourced from can have a dramatic effect on its chemical composition, because of variations in strain and processing methods from country to country, or even region to region.

Rooibos Tea

Rooibos is often labeled tea by sellers because it is brewed using hot water in much the same way as “real” tea. However, rooibos comes from a different plant entirely, the Aspalathus linearis bush native to southern Africa. Sometimes called bush tea, rooibos makes a very mild tasting drink with little to no bitterness, owing to its lack of tannins, and contains no caffeine.

Medical Properties of Rooibos Tea

The health properties of rooibos are owed mainly to similar antioxidants as those found in black and green tea. Several tests on rats using rooibos found that the rodents which consumed the beverage showed improvement in eye and vascular health, two areas which can be adversely affected by the side effects of type II diabetes.

Herbal Tisanes

Any beverage which has been brewed with hot water from plant materials, and which does not contain tea, is more properly called a tisane, but like rooibos, many herbal tisanes are marketed as teas for ease of identification. There are dozens if not hundreds of herbal teas sold, especially with the rise in holistic and food-based medical practice in the last few decades, and each can contain any number of different plant materials, and are touted to have a variety of effects on the health of the drinker.

Medical Properties of Herbal Tisanes

For those living with type II diabetes, bilberry (or huckleberry) tea, can reduce glucose levels naturally, and coriander tea (or a blend containing coriander) will help boost liver and kidney function. Additionally, both these teas can reduce LDL cholesterol, which promotes healthier circulatory function.

However, it is especially important to consult your doctor before adding herbal tisanes to your diet, as a number of plants used in herbal teas can have interactions or negative side effects, depending on your overall health. Sage tea has been shown to trigger epileptic episodes in those with seizure disorders, for instance. Always consult a medical professional even when using supporting or alternative medicine.

So What About Tea and Diabetes?

There has been some evidence in recent years that drinking certain teas, in certain quantities, can have a beneficial effect on your health whether you have diabetes or not. However, for those living with diabetes here are a list of things to consider when it comes to adding tea to your diet.

  • Drinking the right amount

Depending on what type of tea you are consuming, your personal health factors, and other concerns such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, the amount of tea you might choose to add to your diet can vary greatly. Green, black, and oolong teas all contain caffeine, with green having the most and black having the least. In order to see the health effects of tea in your life, studies suggest you should consume as much as 4.5 8-oz. cups of black or green tea a day, which can introduce a large amount of caffeine into your diet, in addition to the sugar busting and circulation boosting properties you may be looking for. As always, it is smart to consult your doctor before making any major changes to your diet.

  • Tea and Caffeine

As stated, black, oolong, and green teas all contain caffeine. There are many studies which have shown inconclusive or contradictory results on the subject of caffeine and diabetes. Some studies show that individuals who consume large amounts of coffee are far less likely to develop diabetes, but studies also show that for those who have been diagnosed with diabetes, the consumption of caffeine can introduce a short-term but dramatic increase in insulin resistance, which would make it difficult to accurately manage blood sugar levels. However, a longitudinal review of these studies suggests that the carbohydrates are an equal if not greater culprit in these findings, and that a low-carb diet could help mitigate the negative effects of caffeine while preserving its beneficial effect on blood glucose levels.

  • Tea and Sweeteners

Of course when consuming all this tea, it is important to realize that it’s best to avoid overly sweet teas, whether hot or iced. Many commercially sold bottled teas will contain sugar, even if they claim to be unsweetened, and given the large volume of tea you may need to consume to see health benefits, this can add a huge amount of sugar to your diet, which any diabetic will tell you is a bad idea. In order to properly monitor your sugar intake, it’s a good idea to avoid buying pre-brewed teas and instead make your own.

In Conclusion

Tea has the potential to assist you in your efforts to manage your diabetes, especially for those with type 2 diabetes. However, tea has many properties that can affect how it affects you, depending on other factors which can vary widely from person to person. For any decision you make concerning your health, involve your doctor in the conversation, and with some guidance and a little trial and error, you may discover that tea can and does improve quality of life for those living with diabetes. Hopefully this article has given you the information you need to figure out if adding tea to your diet will help you live a longer, happier life!

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