Sunday, March 29, 2009

Food News 9

I read some great stuff this weekend - in the few spare moments that weren't spent working on the garden... I found some great tidbits to share with you!

In Woman's Day magazine - they had a list of some metabolism boosters:
  • Tea
    Researchers have discovered that catechins, which are found in green and oolong teas, can really get your metabolism going. In one study, women who had just one large cup of oolong tea a day burned up to 10% more calories. Other studies have shown that drinking 3-4 cups of oolong or green tea daily can help you burn an extra 50-70 calories. (I have a favorite oolong tea - email me if you're interested and I'll hook you up with a link and $5 gift to go toward your order.)
  • Ice-Cold Food and Beverages
    Your body burns more calories while digesting very cold beverages and foods, and research has found that drinking 5 or 6 ice-cold glasses of water can burn off 10 calories a day. That may not seem like much, but over the course of a year it equals about a pound of effortless weight loss.
  • Lean Protein
    Your body uses more energy to digest protein rich foods like skinless chicken, fish, eggs, beans, and lowfat dairy than it does to digest carbohydrates. Protein also helps build and maintain muscle mass. (The more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism)
  • Capsaicin
    Multiple studies have shown that capsaicin, a compound in hot red peppers, can give your metabolism a temporary bump.