Anonymous asked: Does decaffeinated green tea still have the same effects as regular green tea? My favs are all decaf! And I usually add honey to it. Is that bad?
Green tea contains polyphenols that work as antioxidants in your body. They help protect cells from free radical damage. Decaffeinating the green tea does have some effect on the healthy components, but doesn’t eliminate them. Also It looks like the decaffeinating process may reduce the amount of flavanol, which is a type of polyphenol. According to one study on green tea, the flavanol content varied from 21.2 to 103.2 mg/g (milligram per gram) for regular teas, while the the flavanol content of the decaf green tea ranged from 4.6 to 39.0 mg/g.
Without the caffeine I’m not sure how it speeds up your metabolism as much as regular. I love honey in my tea but I wouldn’t add it every single time because you are probably adding 50 cals in each time. 2 cups a day is an extra 100 cals you may not know you are adding. Try agave.
alexhimmighoefer asked: Can we just add that myfitnesspal can be really bad too? It focuses quite a bit on calorie count, so some people may eat their calories in McDonald's instead of healthier ways. Also, the little feature that says "you'll way ____ in 5 weeks" can be back for anyone with any type of eating disorder (because it encourages people to eat way too little). I also suggest that people find out their BMR, and use that, rather than the calorie suggestions from the app!
YES I can’t believe I didn’t make the connect between “you’ll way___ in 5 weeks” to triggers for people with ED’s. When I binge I don’t calorie count for that day and never check my apps so I didn’t make that connect before. You are so right about focusing too much on calorie count and not whats IN the food. One serving of broccoli compared to one serving of chips is not the same and just because you are eating below your desired calorie count doesn’t mean you are healthy.
Knowing and understanding your BMR is crucial.. thanks so much for your ask!