Green Tea and Oatmeal
It is widely known that drinking green tea provides many health benefits that include:
• Improved brain function
• Control of diabetes
• Lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease
• Reduced risk of stroke
• Weight loss and control
To get the health benefits of typical green tea it would be necessary to drink 4 to 5 cups of traditionally brewed green tea. With I.E. Green Tea, one green tea packet yields the benefits of more than 14 cups of regular green tea without the time and hassle of having to brew the tea!
Oatmeal is a nutritionally rich, low-calorie food that benefits:
• Gut health
• Lower cholesterol
• Heart health
• Blood sugar control
• Weight control
Why not combine the two and really pack your morning routine with health benefits?
Add one I. E. Green Tea packet (either lemon green tea, peach green tea, or raspberry green tea) to ½ cup of unflavored, prepared oatmeal and reap all the health benefits of oatmeal and green tea while adding a calorie-free, slightly sweet fruit flavor to your morning oatmeal. We recommend steel cut oats because they are among the least processed of the oatmeal types.
Improved Brain Function
While I.E. Green Tea contains less caffeine than a standard cup of coffee, our green tea does provide 45 mg of caffeine for a gentle boost. More importantly, every serving of I.E. Green Tea provides L-theanine which can cross the blood-brain barrier and has anti-anxiety effects as well as increasing dopamine and alpha waves in the brain. Therefore, our green tea combines a gentle caffeine boost with soothing and calming effects to improve brain function and avoid the caffeine jitters.
Control of Diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes has been increasing in the United States for decades and now affects about 10% of the US population. Studies have shown that green tea may improve insulin sensitivity and help control blood sugar levels. Adding I.E. Green Tea to your morning oatmeal not only adds some sweetness and flavor, it also may help to control blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Lower Risk of Death from Cardiovascular Disease
Studies have shown that drinking green tea every day is associated with lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease. This is tied to the high levels of antioxidants found in green tea but requires a minimum of 5 cups of tea daily. Adding one I.E. Green Tea packet (lemon green tea, peach green tea, or raspberry green tea) to oatmeal provides the antioxidant benefits of more than 14 cups of brewed green tea while slightly sweetening the oatmeal and adding fruit flavor.
Reduced Risk of Stroke
A study with over 82,000 participants found that drinking at least 4 cups of green tea per day was associated with reduced stroke risk. As noted above, one I.E. Green Tea packet provides the benefits of more than 14 cups of brewed green tea without the time and hassle.
Weight Loss and Control
While it’s not exactly clear why, research definitely suggests that caffeine and micro-nutrients (catechins) found in green tea help with weight loss and weight control. These effects only last a few hours so it is best to enjoy I.E. Green Tea several times per day. This is especially easy since I.E. Green Tea easily disperses in hot, cold, or sparkling water as well as in oatmeal. Enjoy one slightly sweet, fruit flavored packet (lemon green tea, peach green tea, or raspberry green tea), with oatmeal in the morning and add one packet to any liquid as the day progresses to gain all the benefits throughout the day.
The soluble fiber found in oatmeal aids in motility through the bowels and supports good, healthy bacteria. This, of course, helps reduce the likelihood of constipation and may reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other intestinal maladies, thereby improving gut health.
While not fully understood, the soluble fiber in oatmeal is associated with lower cholesterol, as much a 23% lower based on one study. The exact mechanisms are being studied and researchers believe several interrelated mechanisms are involved.
Oats contain antioxidants not found in other cereal grains. These are called avenanthramides and, combined with the catechins found in I.E. Green Tea, antioxidants help reduce inflammation and relax arteries, thereby improving heart health.
Blood Sugar Control
The less-processed oats, such as steel cut oats, have a low-to-medium glycemic load and the high soluble fibers found in these oats may help keep blood sugar from rising after a meal. Because instant oatmeal has a high glycemic load, those who have diabetes should avoid instant oatmeal and stick with steel cut oats.
Eating high-fiber foods results in feeling satisfied which may reduce the tendency to overeat. Additionally, fiber found in oatmeal increases the viscosity of the intestines’ contents which may lengthen the time of the “full” feeling and prevent the between-meal snacking.
Lemon green tea
Peach green tea
Raspberry green tea