There is a lot of information and debate on the healthful or unhealthful effects of drinking tea and coffee. Research has been done and continues to be done, even comparing the two against each other. Neither have been found to completely prevent or cure blood glucose problems such as Type 1 and 2 diabetes. However, tea and coffee can be a beneficial addition to glucose management and weight loss programs as long as the caffeine does not interact poorly with other medications or illnesses you might have.
Addition Not Substitution
A nutrient rich, reduced carb diet and exercise program is still the #1 method for managing blood sugar and weight loss. Including tea or coffee in your diet is beneficial as long as you drink them straight; no added sugar or creamers. Both coffee and tea have known health advantages but most of the time people compromise these benefits with flavors, sugars and dairy products, which all cause inflammation. So skipping lunch in favor of a large cappuccino or sweet tea drink is not a healthy way to manage your weight or blood sugar.
Benefits of Tea and Coffee
Green tea, Oolong tea and Black tea are known to be rich in polyphenols, the same compounds that give fruits and vegetables their color. Green tea contains the most polyphenols because it is less processed, but Chinese Oolong tea showed promising results related to blood sugar management in some studies. You can get plenty of polyphenols by eating a colorful nutrient rich diet, so if you are not a tea drinker you don’t need to become one.
The caffeine in coffee is known for improving both mental and physical performance, and this is good as long you don’t suffer from anxiety or are taking medicine that interacts poorly with caffeine. Many weight loss diets include coffee consumption because the caffeine also boosts metabolic rate which helps in the fat burning process. Coffee is also known to have these essential nutrients: Manganese and Potassium, Magnesium and Niacin (B3), Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2).
If you are not a coffee drinker don’t worry, because you can get these same health benefits from exercising more (increased metabolism) and eating a nutrient rich diet or taking supplements. The conclusion is that being a coffee or tea drinker is not a bad thing and can even contribute to your health. On the other hand, avoiding coffee and tea is not going to cause any health problems because there are plenty of other ways to get the same health benefits.
A More Direct Approach
Reducing the amount of carbs in your diet and increasing nutrients through low-glycemic whole foods is the most direct approach to blood sugar management and weight loss. Adding exercise or more movement to your lifestyle will also help. For help in transitioning to a lower-carb diet use SUGARDOWN® to reduce the impact of high carb foods, reduce cravings and improve digestion. For more information on how SUGARDOWN® works go to sugardown.com