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The Right Way to Drink Green Tea To Lose Weight

Green tea is one of the most popular drinks in the world, and one of the reasons for this is because it contains some nutrients that supposedly help melt away pounds. Some research has shown that green tea can increase fat burning and help you lose weight. It contains catechins which is an active ingredient linked to weight loss.

Catechins might prevent the accumulation of body fat and also increase body temperature so you burn more calories. Besides catechins, green tea is also a good source of caffeine. Yet caffeine helps your body burn calories and fat although, there’s proof that green tea help decrease fat production and increase fat and calorie-burning, according to a 2010 review article published in The Journal of Nutrition there’s no enough evidence to proof it’s weight loss benefits.

How much green tea do you need to lose weight?

To get the amount of caffeine and catechins you need to help you lose weight from green tea, you have to drink about 2 to 3 cups of green tea a day, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Depending on how you brew it, a cup of green tea has about 120 to 320 milligrams of catechins and 10 to 60 milligrams of caffeine.

Drinking green tea regularly may help you lose weight, but not much.

The only way you can use green tea to lose weight is by using it to give yourself an extra boost while watching what you eat. If for example if you take three cups of green tea a day (let’s say you burned about 2 calories) yet you consumed sugary foods, took soft drinks and ice-cream, and topped it with chocolates, at the end of the month, you would have added double the calories you burned through green tea consumption.

If you want to consume your green tea, consume it warm and without adding sugar or cream for better effect.

Additional Benefits and Warnings

Besides aiding weight loss green tea has other benefits such as

  • decreasing risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer.
  • Used to help reduce inflammation for those with inflammatory bowel disease
  • Helps blood sugar control in diabetics patients.

If you have a history of heart problems, high blood pressure or anxiety, talk to your doctor before drinking green tea. The tea may also interact with medications, including chemotherapy, antibiotics, blood thinners and blood pressure medication.

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Your Baby Should Eat Nuts

Introducing complementary foods to your baby can be easy if you try out different food options. One of which is nuts- peanuts ( groundnut), cashew nuts, walnut and others.

Nuts are highly nutritious and known to be a rich source of beneficial fatty acids, vitamin E, and protein which very good for babies that require lots of good nutrition for proper growth and development.

If there is no history of allergies, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recommends you can introduce your baby to nuts as early as six months. Waiting until your baby is older to introduce nuts is not necessary.

Some parents delay giving their babies nuts and other highly allergenic foods like soy, fish, seafood, dairy, eggs, and wheat. This does not help to prevent allergies in the future rather when these foods are introduced early since it reduces the chances of children from becoming allergic to them later in life.

In spite of loads of benefits found in giving your baby different types of nuts, parents need to take caution on the following.

  • Do not give a child less than five a whole nut to eat and giving peanut butter in a spoon to a baby. This could cause a choking hazard.
  • If you are introducing nuts to your child’s meals ensure that it is ground or crushed into smaller piece.
  • If you have a family history of allergies such as Eczema and other food allergies, you need to see the doctor before giving nuts to your baby as a weaning food.

Here are simple ways to infuse your child’s meal with peanut

  • Mix a teaspoon or two of ground peanut into a plate with your baby’s cereal, yoghurt. Ensure that it is not too thick; stir it well before giving it to your baby.
  • You can also use spread peanut, cashew nut butter on bread to serve as a finger food. Toddlers would enjoy this better. Though your baby may not be able to bite off, she can suck on it and lick up the nutritious butter too.

Peanut butter is great for vegetarians and vegan babies. You can either make your peanut butter or get a store bought one. In getting a store-bought peanut butter, look out for the ones that do not contain added salt or sugar.

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