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Lose Weight with Green Tea, Patricia Rouner, 157pp, Smith House Press: 2005, $14.95
Green tea used to be the world's best kept secret. However, with tea culture gaining a foothold in America and the increased interest in green tea health benefits, the secret is out. 'Lose Weight with Green Tea: A Safe Weight-Loss Method That Works' by Patricia Rouner is much more than just advice on how green tea can facilitate weight loss.
Rouner makes no claims of being an expert or doctor, but her background in editing medical books and articles gives her a unique ability to communicate the extensive nutritional science hidden in our teacups. Rouner explains the chemistry behind tea, especially green, breaking down what makes tea good for the body and why it is beneficial to add to your diet.
Green tea is rich with catechins which are made up of antioxidants. Antioxidants are the body's defense against the "free radicals" that damage cells, causing them to weaken and die. "Free radicals" occur naturally when oxygen interacts with certain molecules in the body or environmentally from things like cigarette smoke, radiation, pesticides. "Catechins have antioxidant powers that are stronger than vitamins A, E, and according to the results of one test, almost 20 times stronger than vitamin C," (Rouner, 55).
"By Western scientific measure, research on green tea is in its infancy," says Rouner (9). Green tea has been recorded for centuries by the Chinese as an aid to losing weight and health benefits, though western scientists hadn't seriously studied green tea until 1990. 'Lose Weight with Green Tea' focuses completely on how the addition of green tea can be beneficial, and does not boast any program to follow. Drinking green tea, with no change to diet or exercise, will on average burn an additional 80 calories per day according to one study.
The book offers a comprehensive guide to green tea, answering all questions that might arise when thinking about trying something new, as each chapter concludes with "Frequently Asked Questions". Rouner includes an insightful summary of the origins of tea, the growing and processing of tea, and how to be an educated consumer when buying, storing and steeping tea. While the focus of the book is weight loss, Rouner also explores the research being done with green tea's disease-prevention and disease-fighting benefits. Rouner's overview on these subjects are informative without being too lengthy, referring the reader to the book's appendix for additional books and research on specific topics.
In short, this work is an excellent reference and provides a wealth of information for anyone interested in the complexities of green tea and how to relate that information to everyday life.