He Reminded Us Of How We Turned Ignorant To The Alternatives Of Beverages.
First, many people suggest to be healthy, you should drink protein shakes after workouts, fruit shakes, and some people get as lazy as just drinking soda to feel good.
This brings us to our biggest question, why are people in the health industry forgetting about tea?
Before we explain this, recap quickly with us why soda and even sometimes too many juices are bad for us.
Health Benefits & Concerns Of Soda
Soda can cause a number of health concerns, we all heard the dangers of drinking too much soda or carbonated water can lead to an upset internal system. However it can lead to both benefits and dangers.
Sugar – The amount of sugar in a can of soda contains the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar. (Yummy!) This amount of sugar comes in liquid form inside your soda, and can dramatically increase your blood sugar and cause an insulin reaction from your body.
Soft drink companies are now realizing their sales can be effected by this and are introducing product lines that have real sugar in them with (with less of it too).
Phosphoric Acid – Soda contains this acid, which disrupts with the body’s ability to absorb calcium and can lead to osteoporosis, cavities, and bone softening. Phosphoric acids also interacts with stomach acid, slowing digestion and blocking nutrient absorption.
Artificial Sweeteners – In diet soda, aspartame is used as a substitute for sugar, can actually ironically be more harmful (goodness). This links itself to people being attributed to seizures, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, diabetes, and emotional disorders. It converts to methanol at warm temperatures and methanol to result as formic acid. Diet sodas also increase the risk of metabolic syndrome, which causes high blood sugar and raised cholesterol.
Caffeine – Most sodas have a plethora of caffeine which has been linked to certain cancers, breast lumps, irregular heart beat, high blood pressure, and other problems.
The Water – The water used in soda is regular tap water and can contain chemicals like chlorine, and traces of heavy metals (yuck!).
Too Much Fructose – Sodas contain high fructose corn syrup, which derives itself from corn. This corn has been genetically modified (most of the time) and there are no long term studies showing the safety of genetically modified crops, as genetic modification of crops has only been around since the 90’s. Sometimes the process of making high fructose corn syrup involves itself by leaving traces of mercury, which can cause a variety of long term health problems.
Dehydration – From the high blood sugar, sodium and caffeine that is contained in soda, eventually dehydrates itself in the body over a long period of time, that can cause extreme dehydration.
Bad for the teeth – Lots of soda can build up plaque on your teeth over time.
What About Fruit Juice?
Sorry to say, all those fruit juice blenders that have been hyped up, or those people telling you to make kale shakes with those sugary fruits.
They can be great, and definitely drink them in moderation.
But lots of fruit juice lead people to health issues as well (that goes for all you people that do yoga or go to the gym).
Why? Well, just imagine ALL that sugar that goes into your body, regardless of how long you workout.
Here are a few big things we noticed with excessive fruit juice.
Fruit Juice Can Be Misleading
Food and beverage manufacturers aren’t always honest about whats included in their products.
Fruit juice that we find at supermarkets may not be what we believe it to be, even if it is labeled as 100% pure and not from concentrate.
After the juice has been squeezed from the fruit itself, the juice is usually stored in a big oxygen depleted holding tank for about a year (at times) before it is packaged.
The problem with this method is that it tends to remove most of the flavor so the manufacturers need to add the flavor packs to the juice to bring back the taste when it was lost during processing.
In retrospect, even if you do spend your time buying high quality juices at the supermarket they are still far from their original state from how they were processed in the beginning.
Fruit Juice Has Vitamins & Minerals (But Lacks Fiber and Is Packed With Sugar)
Fruit juice can miss many of the key ingredients that makes the whole fruit healthy.
Orange juice for one instance, does contain lots of Vitamin C and is a good source of folate, potassium and Vitamin B1.
Aside from also antioxidants which can increase the antioxidant value of the blood, the calorie for calorie (or sugar for sugar grams) is nutritionally poor compared to whole oranges and other plants.
The source of the problem is that fruit juice contains no fiber and is extremely high in sugar. (like REALLY high, unlike Mr.Tea!)
Here’s an example of Coca Cola compared to Apple juice:
Coca Cola has 140 calories and 40 grams of sugar (10 teaspoons)
Apple juice is 165 calories and 39 grams of sugar (9.8 teaspoons)
While we like to eat lots of whole fruit, it does take time to chew it down to pieces while eating it through.
The sugar in them also includes the structures to break down slowly during digestion.
For this nature based reason, the whole fruit along with its sugar gets broken down in your system with time, but nobody ever thinks about drinking multiple fruits at once. (in equivalent to eating)
That large class of fruit juice is the equivalent of eating many many piece sof fruit in a short amount of time, including without that fiber.
The large amount of sugar gets absorbed and sent into the liver very quickly, like when you drink a full sugar beverage.
A large part of the sugar found in fruit juice is also fructose, and the liver is the only organ that can metabolize the fructose in responsible amounts.
So How Does Tea or Mr.Tea Fit In?
Small amounts of fruit juice (or even soda) can be an unlikely cause of big problems for your health (and in your active lifestyle). However this can be a huge hit to people that are overweight, have related metabolic problems, or have body sugar related symptoms.
The verdict is drinking a glass of juice or several glasses of juice can be easily equivalent to a soda or more.
Tea however, has been highly ignored (or more so) than it should be in the health industry.
Let’s look at the benefit’s of tea first.
1. Tea has antioxidants (and a lot)
Antioxidants help your body from damage from pollution and they are the equivalent of keeping your bodying from “rusting”.
2. Tea has less caffeine than coffee
Herbal teas have no caffeine, however traditional teas have less than fifty percent (less than 50%!) of what is usually found in coffee. This means you can drink tea without those overwhelming effects it has on your nervous system.
3. Tea can reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke
The health effect of tea’s can have an impact on a healthier heart.
4. Tea can help with weight loss
Some recent research is suggesting this.
5. Tea may help protect your bones
Data found from recent animal studies has shown that green tea can prevent bone loss.
It’s Also Great For The Gym
Tea can also boost exercise endurance, which means scientists have found that catechins (antioxidants) in green tea extract increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel, which can be accounted for improved muscle endurance.
Drinking tea also helps fight free radicals, that tea is high in oxygen and radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) which is a cool way to say that it helps destroy free radicals (which have the ability to destroy your DNA).
Tea also hydrates the body (unlike drinking those extremely sugary drinks, you know who you are!!)
And one of the most interesting facts we found is, drinking tea is linked with lowering the risk of Parkinson’s disease. When mixed in with other factors like smoking, physical activity, body mass, and your age, drinking tea was actually associated with lowering Parkinson’s disease itself.
Tea can also keep your waist circumference in check, which in one study, a group of people who regularly consumed hot tea had lower waist circumference and lower BMI that non-tea drinking groups. Some scientists are coming to the conclusion that drinking regular tea lowers the risk of metabolic syndrome.
So Back To The Point, Whats Mr.Tea?
Mr.Tea is one of the hottest trending tea products for this year.
Here’s how you use Mr.Tea below:
Benefits of using Mr.Tea
Mr.Tea is cool. He is a tea infuser constructed from silicone, which is soft, food safe, and tasteless. It won’t affect your taste of tea.
This tea infuser hangs out on the top rim of your tea cup, so you don’t have to worry about fishsing it out.
It’s 100% BPA free silicone and is easy to clean.
Mr.Tea is also dishwasher and microwave safe.
Some of our favorite tea’s are these below.
Our Verdict On Tea
Tea has been a “diamond in the hole”, where people in western culture (especially the US) has been overlooking the value of what tea can bring.
Drinking too many fruit juices can be the equivalent of soda and can be completely negate the point of your workout.
Even though it’s might not be as sweet or a refreshing experience, tea has definitely been a drink in history where it has been much long appreciated in the east (and parts of the west).
So why not drink your tea with someone who enjoys it with you?
To be with Mr.Tea, you can get one here: Mr.Tea