I’ve got to tell you, I LOVE COFFEE!! Okay so it’s probably more like I love cream and sugar….
At the beginning of my get fit kick I decided to reduce my sugary addiction and switch to green tea. Now I LOVE GREEN TEA!!
I wanted to share with you some of the good and bad of both so you can decide which one to include in your diet or if you need to reduce your intake.
Studies at Columbia health suggest that including caffeine in your diet may result in 1 lb. weight loss per month.
8 oz of Green tea has 24-45mg of caffeine and 0 calories.
Green tea tons of antioxidants, one kind is a cancer killer. It has more cancer fighting plyphenols than any other tea or coffee. The antioxidants called catechins are most effective at weight loss with caffeine.
Australian researchers also linked regular consumption of green tea to an increase in bone mineral density in older women.
8 oz of Brewed Coffee has 95-200mg of caffeine and 5 calories. (If you drink yours like mine there are over 100 calories, sometimes near 1,000).
Coffee according to Harvard researchers show that 4 cups a day can reduce a woman’s chance of depression by 20%.
It also helps aid in helping keep Alzheimer’s at bay, 3 cups a day. Older adults that had Mild Cognitive Impairment(start of Alzheimer’s) that had higher levels of caffeine were able to delay full blown Alzheimer’s by several years. (Maybe I’ll toughen up and drink it black, my memory now makes me worry).
Mine is to stick with the Green tea for now just because I’m making awesome progress with my current diet and workout regimen I’d rather save my coffee calories for a Margarita on Saturday or maybe a brownie…yum...
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends adolescents have no more than 100mg of caffeine a day, younger kids shouldn’t have it on a regular basis. 12 oz of Pepsi contains 32-49mg and Mt Dew has 42-55mg of caffeine, fyi.