Hot Healthy Beverages

Friday January 30, 2015

We are well into the winter season and the temperatures are not exactly what you would call “enjoyable”. This time of year is a time of new years resolutions and trying to keep the heat bill to a minimum. On a bitter cold day all we want is a hot beverage in our hands to keep us warm and to satisfy our taste buds.  Well, here are a couple examples of hot beverages you can drink to keep you warm and also keep you on track with your new years resolutions!

Tea: It is estimated that half of the U.S population drinks tea every day. Tea has been shown to have some health benefits like reducing cancer and heart disease, aide in weight loss, and improve your dental health. Studies have also shown tea to have a beneficial effect on diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and neurodegenerative diseases. Tea contains antioxidants called Flavonoids. These are in green and black tea and help to oxidate LDL cholesterol, which is “bad” cholesterol, widen the blood vessels and reduce blood clotting. ECGC is the most powerful flavonoid in tea and is most abundant in green tea. Green tea has been shown to be more beneficial than any other type of tea because of the amount of these flavonoids it contains. So, when you go to cozy up by the fire, grab a big hot cup of green tea to keep your body warm and healthy! For a little extra flavor, try adding honey or lemon!

Coffee: In America, coffee is a common part of our morning routine. It has been recently shown that coffee may not be all that bad for you. In fact, it actually might even be good for you! The coffee bean has about 1,000 antioxidants, and more is added during the brewing process. These antioxidants help to reduce the risk of death from heart disease, stroke, diabetes and infections. It may also protect older adults from developing dementia. Now, don’t get carried away here and start drinking coffee all day. Let’s not forget the caffeine that is in the coffee. It is recommended to drink up to six cups of coffee per day and no more. There is 100mg of caffeine in each 8-oz cup. The effects of caffeine on each person is different and it is based on gender, body mass, age, medications, and conditions such as anxiety disorders. It is important to remember to drink lots of water in order to stay hydrated, but it is nice to know that we can relax in the fact that drinking our cup of coffee is keeping us on track to a healthy life!

If you are looking for a drink with a lower amount of caffeine per cup, go with the tea. For each 8 oz cup of coffee there is 85 mg and in an 8 oz cup of tea there is 30 mg of caffeine.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy one of these soothing hot beverages on a cold winter’s day with the comfort of knowing you won’t be taking any steps backward on your mission to a healthy 2015!