Even a “no-no”—in moderation—can benefit wellness.
Drinking a few cups of tea—and, yes, a little coffee—can help lower your risk of dying from heart disease, Dutch research recently reported. A long-term study of over 37,000 people shows that moderate tea drinkers had a 45% lower mortality risk than those who drank less than one cup a day.
And those who enjoyed several daily cups of “Joe” had a 20% lower risk of death from heart disease than those who drank either a lot of coffee or none at all. “For healthy people, it appears that drinking coffee or tea is not harmful and may even have some benefits,” says Yvonne T. van der Schouw, one of the study authors. In this case, the benefits come from the polyphenols in coffee and tea.
New research in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention also suggest that the compounds, cafestol and kahweol, may be protective against cancer-causing agents, preventing head and neck cancers. Earlier studies link coffee consumption with lower incidence of kidney and ovarian cancers. And Italian research finds coffee combats weight gain and insulin resistance that can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and Type 2 diabetes.
Coffee and tea aren’t all that you can enjoy—in moderation. The “French paradox” has shown that a glass or two of wine offers cardiovascular benefits. Once again, it’s the flavonoids in red wine that protect your heart and longevity, so raise a glass—or a “cuppa” as the Brits call their national beverage—to your health.
Dr. Ann Louise’s Take:
As my longtime readers may know, despite the latest research about the benefits of more than one cup of coffee and regular tea, I am still not sold.
Why? Coffee dramatically impacts blood sugar levels, has been known to raise cortisol, and can chelate calcium out of the system. In addition, coffee tends to be high in pesticides because it such an important cash crop. Tea is a hidden source of copper—a topic I’ve written about in many books (like Why Am I Always So Tired?) because of its link to hyperactivity, insomnia, hair loss, and adrenal burnout.
Of course, I’m certainly planning on splurging a bit Sunday when I celebrate my birthday. “Legal cheats”—like a daily cup of organic coffee—have always been part of my Fat Flush program. And Fat Flush for Life highlights splurges for each season of the year, as well as Fat Flushing Festive Superstar Foods, along with specific menus and recipes for special occasions.
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Who doesn’t deserve a special treat every now and then? Look for flavor hits—luscious local berries, juicy melons, tomatoes right off the vine with fragrant herbs snipped over them. Serve these treats on pretty plates, and use cloth napkins. Get creative and enjoy new seasonings like Seaweed Gomasio, so good for your thyroid and delightful in veggies, salads and dips.
For holiday gatherings and festive occasions, here are some more ways to indulge your taste buds—and why these foods—in moderation—are good for you.
• Up to 1 tablespoon of tahini provides antioxidants like sesamol
• 2 tablespoons of heavy cream or 4 tablespoons of whipped cream provides healthy saturated fat for strong nerves
• 1 cup almond milk, a dairy alternative for vegan and lactose sensitive individuals, provides calcium plus vitamins A, D, and E
• 1 cup coconut milk (unsweetened) provides potassium and heart-healthy fat; it’s antiviral and antimicrobial too.
Celebrate with Me
Join me on my birthday this weekend—or whenever you need a healthy treat—and splurge with one of my favorite recipes. I am serving this to my guests who are dropping by for a B-day toast (with cran-water, of course)!
Fiber High Truffles
½ cup natural peanut butter
1/3 cup unheated natural honey
¾ cup whey (Fat Flush Vanilla Whey Protein)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup coarsely ground macadamia nuts
2 teaspoons milled or ground flaxseeds
3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
1 cup Uncle Sam’s Cereal
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup chopped unsweetened dried apricots
¼ cup crushed toasted sliced almonds
Carob powder for dusting
1. Place the first 10 ingredients in a food processor fitted with a steel knife. Process using on-and-off turns until well combined and the mixture holds together.
2. Let mixture rest for 10 minutes.
3. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
4. Form the mixture into 1-inch balls. Roll each ball in the crushed almonds, pressing gently to adhere.
5. Place the carob powder in a small sieve. Sprinkle the truffles lightly with the carob, rolling the balls to evenly cover the surface.
6. Let the truffles rest on the baking sheet for 10 minutes.
7. Refrigerate in an airtight container.
Tip: This recipe freezes well, so it’s easy to save extra truffles or to make ahead for that special occasion. Kids love it!
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