A bit of milk goes a long way. Green tea is not just plain, clear green tea anymore. People now spice up their favorite tea by adding milk to it. Although it may sound “gross” to avid green tea fans, the taste of this blended tea drink is undeniably terrific.
Green tea has antioxidant properties that combat diseases and boosts our physical, mental, and emotional health. But there are studies that claim adding milk to green tea will make it “less” healthy. In the positive light, some suggests that almond milk, soy milk, and coconut milk are the only exception. They contain minerals essential for the body and help prevent certain health risks such as the following:
• Almond milk – Its healthy monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants inhibit plaque buildup within the artery walls that cause cardiovascular diseases. Plus, it supports blood sugar levels, fighting risk factors of obesity, heart attack, and stroke.
• Soy milk – One of the best health properties of soy milk is that it improves the blood lipid profile and its monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids prevents the passage of cholesterol into the blood stream.
• Coconut milk – It contains 50% of Lauric Acid, a protective type of fatty acid responsible for lowering blood pressure, keeping blood vessels flexible, elastic, and free from plaque buildup.
• Almond milk – Almonds are mostly known as one of the best “brain foods” around. What makes it healthier is that they contain Riboflavin and L-Carnitine, two important nutrients that improve neurological activity and prevent cognitive decline.
• Coconut milk – This plant milk composes of significant minerals to maintain regular heart health and blood volume. It also contains certain types of MCTs (Medium Chain Triglycerides) and healthy calories, which your brain uses for energy.
• Almond milk – When it comes to skin health, almonds are the excellent source of Vitamin E and antioxidants to nourish skin and decrease signs of aging. According to Dr. Josh Axe, a Certified Nutrition Specialist (C.N.S), natural medicine expert, and licensed chiropractor, research finds that almonds contain concentrated nutrient compounds that combat risks of skin cancer. Plus, they keep the skin hydrated and able to heal wounds better and faster.
• Almond milk – It has a great source of MUFAs or monounsaturated fatty acids that slows down the release of glucose (sugar) into the bloodstream, avoiding common risks of diabetes such as high levels of oxidative stress, unhealthy body weight, and inflammation.
• Coconut milk – Just like the almond milk, coconut milk also consists of fat contents that help slow down the transportation of glucose into the bloodstream. That’s why it makes a great alternative sweetener to desserts instead of sugar.
• Coconut milk – The MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides) fatty acids in coconut milk boosts energy, enhances your physical activity, and prevents you from overeating or snacking throughout the day.
• Soy milk – It contains less sugar content than regular milk. Moreover, its monounsaturated fatty acids prevent fat absorption within your intestines, making you feel full for hours and shed some pounds in a healthy way.
• Almond milk – The healthy fats and dietary fibers in almond milk prolong your feeling of satisfaction after eating, keep your blood sugar stable, and prevent you from experiencing a roller-coaster of food cravings.
• Coconut milk – The electrolytes and healthy fats in coconut milk nourish your digestive lining, which is essential for your digestion.
• Almond milk – It contains gamma-tocopherol, a type of Vitamin E that serves as a powerful antioxidant that battle free radicals and oxidative stress that cause cancer.
• Soy milk – Great news to the gents: Soy milk is rich in Phytoestrogen, a unique plant hormone that holds back the production of testosterone that may cause Prostate Cancer.
• Almond milk – It has significant minerals such as Magnesium and Phosphorus, which are responsible for strong bones, thus, reducing the risk of bone fractures or worse, Osteoporosis.
• Soy milk – The Phytoestrogen in soy milk doesn’t only help prevent Prostate Cancer, it also aids the acceleration of calcium absorption to avoid loss of bone mass.
• Soy milk – Women’s natural production of Estrogen starts to drop low during menopausal stage. But with regular drinking of soy milk, the Estrogen will be replaced with Phytoestrogen, which helps alleviate postmenopausal syndromes such as depression, mood swings, insomnia, obesity, and even heart disease.
Joint Inflammation and Arthritis
• Coconut milk – Its MCTs can help lessen inflammation, which is associated to arthritis, joint pains, and muscle aches.
Pairing green tea with milk may not be a tasty idea for some, but with the right selection of milk to add to it, you’re guaranteed to get double nutrition with double flavor to indulge.
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