Health, Living & Lifestyle

How Much Caffeine is in Green Tea?

Although you might think coffee is the beverage that is most consumed around the world, it’s not. The world’s favorite drink besides water is actually tea. Around 78 percent of the tea that is consumed internationally is black, and only about 20 percent is green tea. All teas, apart from herbal teas, are brewed from the dried leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush. It is, in fact, the amount of oxidation of the leaves that determines the type of tea. Green tea is made from totally unoxidized leaves. This means it is less processed than most other types of [...]

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5 Easy Ways to Add More Flavor to Any Vegetable Dish

Eating vegetables is good for your health. You should be eating more vegetables than anything else in your diet. Vegetables alkalize your system and are loaded with the vitamins and minerals that are essential for your body. If you ever ate boiled cabbage or beetroots as a child, you might be convinced that vegetables don’t taste good. The truth is that we also need to nourish our taste buds and there are several ways of cooking vegetables so that they taste delicious. Vegetables can make a simple, quick and tasty meal. It’s just a question of learning some simple [...]

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The Best Natural Sweeteners (Including Sugar!)

You might be horrified to find out that the average American consumes approximately 66 pounds of added sugar a year! This translates into a whopping 19.5 teaspoons or 82 grams of sugar every day! And it seems that the consumption of refined sugar is increasing every year. But that’s not all that’s on the rise. So is the rate at which we consume artificial sweeteners. They seem to be everywhere, and not just in so-called ‘diet’ products either. Although the safety of some artificial sweeteners has been debated for many years, the FDA technically classifies them as ‘safe’ for [...]

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7 Quick Tips for Vegetarian Health

Being a vegetarian is often a choice people make for a more healthy and ethical lifestyle. Following a vegetarian diet can be nutritionally superior to the other way of eating. It can also be one of the healthiest ways to eat. Plants are full of nutrients, which protect our health. But there are several things to consider in a vegetarian diet and the most important, is the amount of nutrients you are getting from your diet. Of course, a healthy diet has the same basis for everyone. With a well-balanced diet, you can improve your health and your waistline. [...]

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A Diabetic’s Cup of Tea (Or Coffee)

In order to understand the effects of tea and coffee on a person with diabetes, we need to know what Diabetes is. A common misconception that a diabetic person consumes too much sugar, is pure myth, as this is not the case.   What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a disease, where the body is unable to produce, or respond to insulin. Due to this, the ability to metabolize sugar, and carbohydrates, becomes problematic. The purpose of insulin is to lower blood sugar.   When insulin is not being produced, it results in elevated blood sugar/glucose readings.  The most common is Type 1, [...]

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When It’s Okay to Buy Non-Organic

Organic or not, we all know food is just not what it used to be. Our great grandparents used to eat vegetables that had been grown in small farms and came home from the shop in a wicker basket or paper bags. The fruit and vegetables that were available were in season, and the meat didn’t have antibiotics in it. Most of the foods we eat now are full of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and herbicides.  The meat has growth hormones and antibiotics, and none of these foods have the same level of vitamin, minerals, and nutrients that fresh produce [...]

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should we be eating less meat: pbfy blog

Should We Be Eating Less Meat?

For many of us, eating meat is something we do without any thought or consideration. Eating breakfast, grabbing lunch on the go at work and coming home to throwing something together and sticking it in the oven, are all actions we do without really considering the amount of meat that is in those ingredients. Of course we tend to think about whether our food is healthy, we might choose the chicken salad at lunchtime rather than a wrap and we’ll more than likely add vegetables to our evening meals, but the amount of meat we consume tends to usually [...]

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