Q: Thank you doc. Please is taking tea bad? I am a mother of 4, I am in my early 40s & over weight. I have since reduced the quantity of my intakes but I love tea & of course bread. Please help me out.
A: Thanks for writing in, dear.
Moderation is really the key.
In Nigeria, when people say tea, they do not necessarily mean tea as it originally known in tea bags or as tea leaves 😀 They could be talking about chocolate/cocoa drinks and really, practically any beverage known to man (non-alcoholic, of course :D). So, is taking any of those beverages bad?
Well, a lot of these beverages have a high level of sugar or corn syrup. Ordinarily, you would have expected that the cocoa would be the main ingredient, right? 😀 The sugar and corn syrup can cause a sugar rush that negatively affects health and weight. These drinks could also contain some quantity of caffeine, which is a stimulant. For more on the effects of caffeine, please click on https://chatwithdrketch.com/2014/01/17/daily-health-tips-coffee-energy-drinks-et-al/
If the tea being referred to means tea as is originally known, then you should also know it contains some level of caffeine! The most common type of green tea I am asked about is green tea because of the health benefits. Lots of people like green tea for different reasons. Some because they like everything herbal. Others, because it is thought to speed up metabolism which in turn can help weight loss. It’s also touted to have beneficial effects on blood pressure, blood sugar levels and Alzheimer’s disease. These health effects are thought to be due to the presence of the anti-oxidants that help fight cell damage as in cancer. However, in excessive amounts, green tea can cause the same symptoms as excessive caffeine in the body and this includes diarrhea, irritability, nervousness, rapid heartbeat etc.
Some claim that green tea helps conception. There’s no evidence to that effect.
So, on the average, just like for coffee, 2 ‘dainty’ 😀 cups are fine per day. More than that, you could be opening up yourself to other health issues. Most green teas contain less caffeine than black tea and coffee. Where in doubt, especially when trying to conceive, please see your doctor.
And for bread…
It is definitely important for your energy fix. Focus on healthier versions of bread like the whole grain variety. Be sure to mind your portions. A slice or two (really thin slices :D) filled with veggies like tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber etc makes a delicious sandwich.
As I noted earlier, the key here is moderation for the drinks and for bread. Also work on weaning yourself off bread too as the salt content is considerable.
For other healthy alternatives to ‘sinful’ 😀 foods, please click on this link: https://chatwithdrketch.com/2015/08/17/daily-health-tips-i-am-addicted-to-sugar/
Have a good night, y’all 😀