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Choosing the Correct Tea for You [01 Jul 2008|04:07pm]

When you're ready to journey into the fine world of healthy tea, you should be aware there are three predominant types of tea at the markets: green, oolong, and black. Today, the three important groups of tea are joined by a fourth, which has the potential for a plentitude of healthy aid white tea. The divergence between all of the types of tea is how each is harvested and processed. As a general rule, the less the leaf is proceessed, the greater the accumulation of antioxidants (as revealed with the white tea variety).

Black Tea

With more than 75% of the tea produced in the entire world, the black type is often named pekoe or orange pekoe. Since the leaves are fermented before drying, black tea possesses the lowest accumulation of the antioxidants that can cause an improvement in health. Out of all the teas, black tea has the highest quantity of theaflavin, which is thought to reduce the threat of cancer and cardiovascular disease. According to a long-term research project conducted by the Netherlands National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, parallels were uncovered between daily usage of black tea and a lower chance of having a stroke. A study in Saudi Arabia also found the chances of devoloping coronary heart disease had been lowered by 50%.

Oolong Tea

Since oolong tea sustains a partial fermentation, there is still a good volume of antioxidants to cure and prevent an array of medical problems. A large level of polyphenol is related to the consumption of oolong tea, which has a connection to the hindrance and handling of heart-related diseases. When drinking a cup of oolong tea per day may arise in a lowered risk of high blood pressure (or hypertension) by almost 50%. This type of tea also helps against embarassing skin conditions and tooth decay.

Green Tea

Green tea does not begin a conversion of fermentation, which leads to a higher concentration in healthful qualities than the black and oolong type. A high quantity of catechin is held inside a cup of green tea and it is due to this ingredient that you get the multitude of anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Drinking green tea may also help various patients fight rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol levels, cardiovascular disease, infection, and a weakened immune system.

White Tea

The youngest leaves and buds are left untouched when harvesting the ingredients for white tea. Because of this the highest accumulation of antioxidants is available inside a cup of white tea. White tea has the potential to fight against bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The white type of tea also increases the anti-bacterial and anti-viral fighting strength of some of the most used toothpastes available to the consumer. Research done on the polyphenols in white tea have revealed the ability to eliminate cancer causing cells.

You can find it very difficult to select the right tea when they all have innumerable potential healthful benefits. I would advise that you should regularly consume the one that you think tastes the best. Tea is a drink that should be savored not just considered a medicine. I would also advise you to pick a couple days each week to try a different tea. This way you might get several of the potential benefits of all the teas and you might even discover a new preferred tea.

About the Author: To read more about the benefits of tea, come over to Dennis Brown's site .lifestea.com

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Health Cause Swap! x-posted [05 Aug 2007|06:39pm]

Please Join this Health Cause swap,
to spread awareness for a health cause important to you
such as Cancer, PCOS, AIDS, Autism, etc...

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LOOK! [07 Dec 2006|01:31am]

[ mood | awake ]

Hey Sugar Free Kids!

I have 4 blocks of Yummy (sugar-free) Peanut Butter Fudge for sale!
They came from http://www.auntmahalias.com/ (In Gatlinburg) as a gift,
but I 'm allergic to peanuts.
It is made with Maltitol (to sweeten), which tastes just like sugar.
Marketed safe for diabetics also.

You can't buy the sugar-free fudge online, only in stores.

I am taking offers on this candy lot Now!
Don't miss this!

Sugar-free fudge prices are crazy!

<3 ya'all
Stay sugar free, it's the way to be!

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Recipe!!! [18 Sep 2006|11:46am]

[ mood | chipper ]

Hi I just joined this community. Im a young mother and try to eat as healthy as possible... I do pretty well, but want to get totally 100% strict with sugar and was looking for a group like this one to keep me going strong and inspire me with recipe and cooking ideas. I was happy to see this group and hope to see more recipes posted in the future.

I thought I would share one of our favorites:
YUM! YUM!Collapse )

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new and breaking free [19 Jun 2006|02:58am]

Hey, I'm Aviva. I'm 19 years old and have found myself... very addicted to things like chocolate, candybars, gummy candies, cookies, etc. I seem to get out of control when I eat them. I am good, for example, all day, then night falls and I'll have a few cookies and a fudgesicle and three candy bars and suck on chocolate or licorice all night.

So... I'm trying to get myself off it. Cold turkey doesn't seem to be working. Does anyone have any tips for clearing myself of this addiction?

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day:23 [23 Mar 2006|05:09pm]

I swore off sugar for the duration of lent, which is the season in the christian calendar before the big spluge at easter, and other than two times where i was tricked or forced (I`m not embellishing, i was force fed birthday cake) I`ve been able to stick to it.
I am drinking though, and i know there is a lot of sugar in alcohol. after easter i know i`ll stay sugar free, but not to the extent that i am at now. i`m eating fruits and drinking fruit juices and that will continue in addition to using pure maple syrup and possibly unrefined organic sugar.
the question is where to draw the line before its just not fun to eat anymore?
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i want all my honey! [11 Mar 2006|10:04pm]

im the little honey sticks, that you use for ,(snack)teas, cereal, ect. that come in a little plastic tube. how do i get all the honey out? when im eating it as a snack, i mean. any tips?
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Bonjour! [02 Mar 2006|08:02am]

[ mood | lazy ]

Hi there!
I'm french , 23, and a happy sugar free vegan. Anorexia and Bulimia disappeared when I stopped sugar / animal lipids and I'm a fan of brown rice and apple :)

Nice to meet you all!

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New? [18 Feb 2006|09:32am]

I joined awhile ago but I guess I never introduced myself. I'm 21 years old and in college, and I have a history of depression, bulimia, and a slew of other problems that I now partially attribute to sugar, refined carbs and other artificial ingredients. I am also a pescetarian which is like a pseudo-vegetarian (I don't eat red or white meat) but I am thinking of giving it up. I'm just happy there is a community that promotes being sugar-free.
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OKF Aloe Vera Drink, Agave Nectar [17 Feb 2006|11:25pm]

Hi y'all~ I've just joined, because I have a question that I thought maybe someone here could help me with.

I recently found a drink that I love called OKF Aloe Vera Drink. It is very sweet, and has fructose and honey in it, but the label says that it contains only .9 g of sugar in 8 fl oz of juice. To me, that seems unbelievably low considering that fresh aloe is very bitter, but this juice is really mild and very tasty!

The ingredients are: Mineral Water, Fructose, Aloe Vera Powder, Aloe Vera Pulp, Honey, Citric Acid, Artificial Grape Flavor.

Now, I don't know what "artificial grape flavor" is, but is there a chance it might be something like Splenda, or another chemical sweetener, in your fine opinions? I definitely don't want to continue to drink it if that is the case, but I am not sure.

Another chance is that the nutrition info is incorrect. Has anyone seen that happening before?

Thanks in advance for any input!

Also, here is a tip for everyone. I saw a lot of sugar alternatives in the community info, but I did not see Agave Nectar. Here is some info I copied from http://www.shakeoffthesugar.net/article1042.html. Before I post the info, I just want to mention that I did use that site to find agave nectar info, but I can not advocate general use of the site as their main page mentions fad diets such as atkins and south beach diets. Those are diets I believe to be detrimental to your health on a long term scale.

"Agave syrup (or nectar) is about 90% fructose. Only recently has it come in use as a sweetener. It has a low glycemic level and is a delicious and safe alternative to table sugar. Unlike the crystalline form of fructose, which is refined primarily from corn, agave syrup is fructose in its natural form. This nectar does not contain processing chemicals. Even better, because fructose is sweeter than table sugar, less is needed in your recipes. It can be most useful for people who are diabetic, have insulin resistance (Syndrome X), or are simply watching their carbohydrate intake.

Fructose has a low glycemic value. However, according to some experts, if fructose is consumed after eating a large meal that overly raises the blood sugar or with high glycemic foods, it no longer has a low glycemic value. Strangely enough, it will take on the value of the higher glycemic food. So exercise restraint, even with this wonderful sweetener. It is a good policy to eat fructose-based desserts on an empty stomach, in between meals or with other low-glycemic foods. Use it for an occasional treat or for a light touch of sweetness in your dishes."
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making due [16 Feb 2006|01:09am]

[ mood | curious ]

Hi all!
I`m a 20 year old canadian vegetarian. i tried doing veganism, but it didn`t work for me, i still plan to try again, but right now i`m living in Katimavik, which is a youth volunteer service program, and i live with nine other people, and i am the only vegetarian. there is cheese in everything, practically. they respect my vegetarianism, but its too much to ask of them to prepare balanced vegan meals, because each week we take turns doing all the cooking. considering four months ago, they didn`t know how to cook beans, they`ve come leaps and bounds.
the problem is, i would love to go sugar free but its really difficult.
i come from a family with a genetic predisposition to alcoholism, which is very similar to sugar dependency and I crave sugar constantly.
how did you guys wean yourselves off of sugar dependency?
and how am i supposed ot do it in a group setting where there is sugar and sweets everywhere???

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hi I'm new [02 Feb 2006|10:36pm]

Hi my name is amanda and I'm 18. I've been going back between a raw food diet and a normal cooked food diet (all the while being vegitarian). I've been mostly raw lately but what interested me is when I would cheat with maybe a tiny piece of cake I didn't feel so good afterwards. Basically i noticed that I'm much happier and have much more enery when I'm stay away from refined/processed sugars. I'm here to learn about things I can substite into my diet when I may cheat from my raw diet and I'd also like any suggestions to make getting over my addiction a little more easier. Any thoughts??

thanks - amanda
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New Member [20 Jan 2006|08:32am]

I've just joined and thought I might ask a quick question.
I'm looking for a sugar free Pumpkin Bread recipe and the ones I've come across call for all-purpose flour. Is the only all-purpose flour white flour?

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[25 Dec 2005|02:27am]

What do you know about xylitol?

I've only had it in a few things, but I've heard rave reviews.
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Let me introduce myself too... [21 Jun 2005|05:59pm]

Another newbie for this community....

I'm Sonia, a 17 year old girl from Europe, The Netherlands. (so I'm really sorry for big blunders in English) I was having a lot of trouble with my intestines. After a lot of testing, my doctor told me i had the Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). But that there's nothing he could do. There were days I couldn't walk because of it, so I wasn't satisfied with the advise 'you have to live with it..'

I went to a homeopathic doctor, with is great help to me. I'm taking homeopathic medicine for it now and he found out I mustn't eat any milk and product made of it, like cheese (but also no horse, or goat milk) and no sugar!! I can only have sugar from fruits, also no chemical sugars!

Right no, I'm almost off-stomachache and I find out my diet has such a great reflection on me! When I'm eating unhealthy for a while, I feel a lot worse than when I'm eating healthy! And when I'm eating sugar or milk, the stomachache will come back!!

I'm very glad I found this community, I think it's wonderful to support each other, exchange recipe's and answer each others questions!!

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HI! [17 May 2005|12:17am]

I just wanted to introduce myself. I am a mother of a 5 year old type 1 diabetic. When he was first diagnosed the doctors told me he could eat anything as long as we dosed him for it. His body did not respond well to this and eventually we have had to remove as much processed sugar/carbs and fat from his diet as possible. I am not going to treat him differently from the rest of the family so I switched us all over to this type of eating. It is GREAT! We all feel better. We are all healthier. I just started the kids on juice plus too as an added benefit to their diets. I was overjoyed to see this community. I just wanted to say HELLO!
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snacks [07 May 2005|01:07pm]

I'm trying to come up with a huge list of snacks so that I have it when I'm on autopilot and not in the mood to be creative.

What kind of snacks do you all feed your kids?

likely xposted.
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no soda! and limit fruit juice (my family doesn't get it sometimes) [22 Apr 2005|10:14am]

anyone else have trouble with family giving your kids not just candy sweets but things that they just don't know is too sweet.
like too much juice. Dole juice. arugh. My aunt picks up my kids from school a lot, because they like her to. And they stop at the gas station and always get juice.

I can't get the point across that they do not need juice everyday all day long. How much juice do you let your kids drink?
I even think my kids and I drink too much natural (not from concentrate) OJ. We will go through a thing a day sometimes! (but we have a family of 6!)

What drinks do you and your kids drink?
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[21 Apr 2005|10:16am]

Has Cookie Monster given up sweets?
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[07 Mar 2005|09:50am]

[ mood | frustrated ]

It was one of those crazy shopping trips. Kids, baby needing changed...good and tired after a nice day picnic day at the park. I just wanted to get what I needed and get out of there. Charlotte (8) says she wants some drink I passed up. I didn't really care and just said no. She teared up and so I stopped and I said "explain to me what it is." She pointed but there was a 300lb lady in front of the display. No offense to anyone with weight problems, this lady was just obese seriously. So I try and look around the women and her friend. I say, "No Charlotte that's water with sugar in it (flavored water) , you are NOT drinking water with sugar in it."
Admittedly I was stressed and I had a stressed tone in my voice. I wasn't being nice at all.
Charlotte says she's been reading labels and didn't see sugar it before. The very large lady looking at me like I'm just freaking insane says, "It says no sugar on it right there."
I am just pissed now. I walk over behind the lady look at the back and holler, "I'm telling you it's not good for... .... see Aspartame!" I totally yelled. LOL.
"Artificial sugar Charlotte, you know that's even worse than sugar. I'll buy you Gatorade if you want built I'm not buying that."
This women thought I was insane.
I was being loud, obnoxious and firm with Charlotte (because she has needed it lately).
But I still made a hilarious fool out of myself at the busy grocery store.

It's so hard to keep sugar out of children's diets. I'm also so sick of them getting it at school, every DAY! One more reason to homeschool. Which we will be doing soon.

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