Drinking tea may slim your waistline? Why don’t I weigh 100 pounds?

Overweight Woman Weighing Herself

I always have to take any new health study with a shovel of salt.  In this article from the Examiner.com they say that a new study found that drinking tea may slim your waistline, but it is not conclusive and a bit misleading. After saying that tea reduces your waistline, they state:

When it comes to coffee and tea drinking, the use of sugar vs. artificial sweeteners seems to play a role in abdominal obesity. And the findings might surprise you. For men, the use of sugar in tea was associated with a nearly 1-inch smaller waist measurement, but the use of artificial sweeteners was linked to a nearly 2-inch larger waistline. Among women, the use of milk in tea was associated with a two-thirds-of-an-inch smaller waistline. But women who used artificial sweeteners had an average of nearly an inch larger waistline.

This seems to be more of a study on the effects of artificial sweeteners than it is of tea. And if it were true, I would not have a nice belly given that I put milk and sugar in my tea.

Yes, tea is good for you, but it is not going to replace exercise and eating right.

Do you think a bracelet can give you the benefits of green tea?

A company has come out with a new hemp-green tea bracelet that they claim will give you the benefits of green tea through your skin. The bracelets are designed as a zen bracelet, or “Zenlet”, made with green tea. They have three designs, Love, Peace, and Compassion, and are shipped with either a drink coaster or bookmark that is tied to that theme.

According to the company, the bracelets were Independently tested and use a patent pending technology that allows the green tea to absorb into your skin. They say that the bracelets should be worn for eight to twelve days before the green tea is completely absorbed. 

“Soaking hemp or cotton bracelets in green tea doesn’t allow optimal transdermal absorption”, explains David Jensen, CEO of SoutherLee, Inc. “So our design team developed a proprietary drying process using green tea grind and green tea powder to improve its absorption into the skin.” Jensen also adds, “The best way to get the health benefits from green tea is still to drink green tea, but our Zenlet Green Tea Bracelets are fun, attractive to wear and provide a continuous dose of green tea.”

Do you think they’re…

A) The next great way to get your daily dose of green tea
B) Just another product jumping on the green tea bandwagon
C) Cute – who cares if they have green tea or not

See Zenlet green tea bracelets

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Britain’s leading nutritionist recommends daily high tea

Tea, little cucumber sandwiches and scones with Devonshire cream! – who wouldn’t want that every afternoon. Of course, if we ate our normal meals plus high tea it might not be too good for you. But Jane Clarke writes in the Daily Mail that we should have it:

So often, when we’re tired and hungry, we overeat; we then sleep badly and can pile on weight. It’s a classic scenario but easily addressed by having afternoon tea (and then a lighter supper, such as fruit, soup and salad).

The key there is a light supper – not a full on roast. I know if I have a little snack and tea late in the afternoon I’m more productive at work and less likely to head home early hungry for supper. And it gives me yet another excuse to try new teas.

Jane Clarke: High tea helps beat the afternoon slump | Mail Online

Fluoride and tea don’t mix – according to new research

According to recent research findings, fluoridation puts tea drinkers at risk of damaged bones, discolored teeth and soft tissue harm. What most tea drinkers probably don’t know is that tea has naturally high fluoride levels. Excess fluoride can weaken bones and discolor children’s un-erupted teeth. And you could be getting more fluoride than you realize if you live in a region that fluoridates its water.

Whenever I see new studies come out, I take them with a grain of salt. We don’t know who sponsored the research or what they were trying to prove that could have influenced the way they conducted their research. But this one gave me a little pause because I drink a lot of tea.

According to 1997 ADA data, you shouldn’t have more than 3 mg (women) or 4 mg (men) of fluoride per liter of water daily. It’s much lower for children. In 2006, the National Research Council reported the basis for those levels should be reduced.

In the study, four cups of tea delivered 0.8 to 1.8 mg of fluoride, reports Cao et al. in Food Chemistry. “Among populations habitually consuming black tea, water fluoridation is not only unnecessary but also possibly harmful…The target organs of chronic fluoride intoxication are not only the teeth and skeleton, but also the liver, kidney, nervous and reproductive systems,” they write.

A March 2008 Food and Chemical Toxicology study found up to 4.5, 1.8, and 0.5 mg/L fluoride in black, green and white teas, respectively, when brewed for 5 minutes (61 teas sampled). Brewed teas could contain up to 6 mg/L fluoride depending on the amount of dry tea used, the water fluoride concentration and the brewing time, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

The examples of what too much fluoride combined with tea at not good. Case Reports by Cao and Yi in the Journal of Fluorine Chemistry (February 2008) “Fluoride and Tea” showed:

  • A 57-year-old Englishman’s misdiagnosed Paget’s disease (weakened bones) with osteoarthritis was finally correctly diagnosed as skeletal fluorosis caused by his long-term heavy tea-drinking habit.
  • A Pakistani woman’s dental fluorosis resulted solely from tea which she consumed from age two.
  • A 36-year-old Chinese woman’s ten-years of joint pain disappeared when she stopped drinking tea.
  • French doctors identified 5 patients who developed bone softening (osteomalacia) from drinking tea.
  • An American woman’s fluoride-caused debilitating joint pains disappeared when her two-gallon-a-day iced-tea habit stopped.

While there are definite benefits of fluorinated water, if you’re a heavy tea drinker you might want to make your tea with filtered water…just in case.

USDA: Fluoride in Food

Hairdressers Take More Tea Breaks

Ever wondered why your hair stylist seems so happy? It could be the tea breaks. Sky.com reported that a Nutri-Grain study showed that British hairdressers and beauty therapists are tops for taking tea breaks during their work day.

Research showed two-thirds of hairdressers and beauty therapists made sure they had time for three tea breaks of up to 15 minutes every day. Most builders had only two breaks for a drink, taking less than half an hour a day. But the study of 1400 workers by snack firm Nutri-Grain found that one in five workers said they never took a break for a cup of tea or a snack.

And it sounds like more workers should be encouraged to take their tea breaks.

Professor Cary Cooper, workplace health expert from Lancaster University, said the culture of not taking breaks could be hitting workers’ well-being as well as their productivity.

So what do you think? In this downturn economy, do you think employers should make sure their employees take tea breaks to help increase productivity?

Hairdressers And Beauty Therapists Take More Tea Breaks Than Builders | Business | Sky News