what in green tea_628x363Green tea has generally been considered a healthy beverage. Research has linked its potent antioxidant — epigallocatechin gallate, aka EGCG — to health benefits such as reduced risk of stroke, heart disease, cancer and diabetes.  But as this article on the Prevention website points out, not all green tea is the same,  especially when comparing brewed tea with the bottled varieties.

In an independent test, ConsumerLab.com closely examined green tea products and found that some bottle varieties are just little more than flavored water and the leaves may be contaminated with lead. The lab tests also focused on how accurately the product labeling reflected the amount of antioxidants actually in the teas, whether there were contaminants in the tea and also tested the amount of caffeine.

None of the four green teas selected by ConsumerLab listed the amount of the antioxidant EGCG and that’s no surprise because this antioxidant is lacking in these products. The one brand to list an amount of any kind of antioxidant, Honest Tea Green Tea with Honey, only contained 62.7% of the 190 mg of catechins the 16.9-oz bottle touted. It also had the second highest amount of EGCG of the four bottled green teas tested by the lab with 27.2 mg per 8 oz. Harney & Sons Organic Green had the most EGCG with 46.8 mg and Diet Snapple Green Tea had the least amount at 3.5 mg. All of the bottled teas contained some type of sweetener.

When it comes to brewed teas, green tea brewed from loose leaves had the best and most potent concentration of EGCG. However, some green tea bag brands —   including Bigelow and Lipton Celestial Seasoning’s K-Cup  — also contained concentrations of lead. The study also found that decaffeinated green tea bags, including tea from Salada and Bigelow, did not contain measurable amounts of lead.

So while green tea can be a healthy beverage, it’s important to make an informed choice by knowing what’s in the product. You can read the entire Prevention.com article here.

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To maintain optimal health it’s always a good idea to avoid processed foods whenever possible, because many of the additives in these foods can have negative or even toxic effects on the body. MSG (monosodium glutamate) is an additive that has been implicated in food allergies and other maladies. Although tolerance for MSG varies from person to person, reports of adverse reactions such as skin rashes, headaches, moodiness, irritability, IBS, heart palpitations, depression and more have been documented.

MSG is found in many processed foods, so be sure to read labels carefully. MSG is often “hidden” behind phrases like natural ingredients, natural seasonings, natural flavors or is listed specifically as maltodextrin, gelatin, glutamic acid, citric acid, hydrolyzed yeast, protein isolate, textured protein, hydrolyzed protein, hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), soy protein extract, autolyzed plant protein, autolyzed yeast, yeast extract, sodium caseinate and modified corn starch.

Syfo Original Seltzer is absolutely free of all additives. The all-natural flavorings in our Naturally-Flavored Sparkling Waters are made from the oils selectively extracted from the peels of fruit. They are extracts and not straight compounds or emulsions. Depending on the flavor, the process uses only vegetable glycerin/and or ethyl alcohol which are both GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA.

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Hydration for Good Health

Drink Healthy Beverages for Hydration

WATER IS ESSENTIAL FOR GOOD HEALTH

Beyond our survival, water is also critically important to our daily health. Many of us routinely feel the effects of too little water. Mild dehydration for instance is one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue. A very small drop in body water can cause problems with short-term memory or the ability to learn in school.

Age-related changes make older adults even more vulnerable to shifts in water balance and can also result in dehydration. Because seniors often have a reduced sense of thirst, dehydration is one of the most frequent causes of hospitalization after age 65.

For everyone, water is essential for both your metabolism (the way your body converts food into energy) and detoxification (eliminating the waste in your body).

Water Facts

  • In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism
    is so weak that it is mistakenfor hunger.
  • Even mild dehydration can slow down a
    person’s metabolism by as much as 3%.
  • One glass of water shut down midnight
    hunger almost 100% of dieters
    in a University of Washingtonstudy.
  • Lack of water is the #1 trigger of
    daytime fatigue.
  • Preliminary research indicates that 8-10
    glasses of water can significantly ease back
    and joint pain for up to 80 %of sufferers.
  • Just a small 2% drop in body water can
    trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble
    with basic math and difficulty focusing on
    the computer screen or on a printed page.
  • Drinking five glasses of water daily
    decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%,
    plus it can cut the risk of breast cancer
    by 79% and bladder cancer by 50%.
  • Obesity can reduce the amount of water in the body to as low as 45%.

WHAT BEVERAGES ARE HEALTHY TO DRINK

The best kinds of beverages to drink are those made with purified water and contain no additives. That’s because things like sugar and caffeine can actually dehydrate you no matter how much you drink. Healthy beverages include purified bottle water as well as seltzers and sparkling waters that can contain no sugars, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, sodium or preservatives.

How much water should I drink?

The amount of water you should drink varies by your weight and level of physical activity, but this formula is a good rule of thumb:

Your weight in pounds ÷ 2 = the ounces of water you need

OTHER HYDRATING FOODS

You can also stay hydrated through the food that you eat. Other hydrating foods include asparagus, carrots, watermelon, cantaloupe, blueberries, grape, cabbage, cauliflower, oranges, apples, bananas, grapefruit and tomatoes.

DRINK AND STAY HEALTHY

Drinking water and healthy beverages can make a big difference in your life. For more health tips, visit our health section.

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No Phosphoric Acid in Syfo Beverages

You can be assured that there is absolutely no phosphoric acid in any Syfo carbonated beverage.Phosphoric acid is deliberately added in some carbonated soft drinks to give them a sharper flavor and keep the bubbles from going flat.
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When buying any beverage or food product, it’s important to read the nutritional label that appears on the bottle or packaging to understand what’s in the product and also what’s not. This way, you can decide if the product is good for you and also see if you’re getting what you expected when it comes to ingredients.All of our Syfo products start with a 100% purified water base. They are gluten-free, caffeine-free and have no preservatives, sugars or artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors or sodium.  The flavors in our all-natural Lemon-Lime, Tangerine-Orange and Wild Cherry are derived from the oils selectively extracted from the peel of the fruit. The flavoring is then added to the purified water base.  All Syfo products are PG (propylene glycol) free.You can see the nutritional label information for our products here. To read more on what you can learn from a nutrition label, check out nutritiondata.self.com.

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