By Pallavi Sharma
All you coffee lovers out there, you may not like what I say, but let me be a little at your face. Coffee is bad for you! The only positive attribute to it is its high caffeine content. Yes, I understand that it keeps most of us awake and alert throughout the day and also helps in alleviating asthma by helping relax the airways in the lungs. But little do we realize that in return we are getting back way more deteriorated health than what we had bargained for. Coffee beans naturally contain nitrosamines, which are substances that increase the risk of developing colon cancer as well as other cancers. Now someone can come up with, “Then why not drink “decaf” coffee?”. Well, it may sound surprizing but that’s even worse as according to http://www.farmtreemed.com, “Drinking decaffeinated coffee can cause more harm than good because most “decaf” processes use large quantities of toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. The latter substance is a close relative of the plastic chemical vinyl chloride, which has been linked to certain types of liver cancer. Trichloroethylene is used mainly as a degreasing agent in the metal industry and as a solvent & dry cleaning agent in the clothing industry.”
Naturally, I have hardly ever been a coffee lover. So making that switch to green tea was not very difficult. Initially, it took me a while to get used to it’s weirdly bitter taste, but when I weighed it’s never-ending list of positive effects against the tiny one of that of coffee, it did not take me too long in becoming an ardent fan of it. As I take the first few sips of green tea early in the morning, and as it gradually trickles down my throat, it sends a new wave of freshness through my body and makes me feel rejuvenated and charged for the day.
So what makes it so ideal in terms of good health? Many things! To start off with, it contains polyphenol, a class of flavonoids. These compounds function as powerful antioxidants that can protect your body from free radical stress. The most popular among these is quercetin, well known for its ability to temper allergic reactions and interrupt the oxidation of LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol. Quercetin is also very useful in fighting and preventing cancer. It also plays a huge role in providing pain relief during arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
And for all you “dieters” out there, it may seem like high intake of coffee or caffeine helps one in losing weight, but the diuretic effect of caffeine only results in loss of water from your body and not fat. In fact, intake of coffee perpetuates many of the factors of weight loss through increased stress which results in elevated levels of stress hormone and deposition of fat in the abdomen resulting in continued obesity. On the other hand the presence of ECEG (epigallocatechin gallate), the major catechin found in green tea, helps in raising the metabolism rate, resulting in increased calorie burn and weight loss.
ECEG is also known to be more powerful than resveratrol, a polyphenol that limits the negative effects of smoking and a fatty diet, found in red wine. Hence that’s another reason why the incidence of heart disease in Japan is so much lower than in USA and why one should choose green tea over red wine.
So throw away that coffee and start the day with a cup of soothing and calming green tea. Let it’s enormous number of positive effects fill you with a new energy and take you towards better health and well-being because YOU DESERVE IT!