Nutrition Q&A: Green tea can help you lose weight

Nutrition and Dietetics expert, Parvathy Radhakrishnan answers readers’ questions on nutrition. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Wednesday.

This week’s answers:

1. Is is safe to give my son orange juice all days of the week? He is not fond of the fruit as it is.
Yes it is. Especially it is a refreshing drink after sports or playing as it replenishes the minerals lost during the physical activity. It should be unsugared.

2. Dear Madam, please suggest some breakfast recipe for my diabetic mother-in-law who is tired of eating broken wheat porridge
Why is your mother in law eating only wheat porridge? Let her have a variety of Indian breakfast made with less oil and in controlled portions.

3. Hi, I am 48 years old, weigh 89 kgs and height is 5 feet 9. Please suggest suitable diet plan.
You could start by eating lesser portions of carbohydrates, reduce oil in cooking, avoiding fried foods, sweets and dessert, cutting down on sugar and eating more salads. After a check up with your physician you can start exercising, preferably walking. Start with 20 minutes a day increasing to 45 minutes daily.
It is beyond the scope of this column to actually give you a diet plan as it is individualised and needs more communication with you.

4. I am drinking green tea for last one month. What are its benefits? Can I lose weight by drinking green tea?
Green tea is made from the leaf of Camellia Sinsensis and is packed with antioxidants like polyphenols and flavanoids. Regularly drinking green tea reduces risk for heart attacks, lessens memory loss and possibly protects against arthritis and cancer. There are several studies indicating how green tea may help in weight loss, but no definite evidence.
Possibly how it helps is by containing hunger when green tea or any other tea is taken frequently throughout the day. The ingredient responsible for this is caffeine and green tea advocates recommend drinking up to 5 cups a day for weight loss.
Along with a healthy diet and exercise program green tea may help in weight loss.

5. Please tell me what foods to avoid prevent hypothyroidism.

There are no foods that will prevent hypothyroidism. Though if you have an under active thyroid, you could avoid cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, raw peanuts, walnuts and soybean.

Parvathy is a trained Nutrition & Dietetics expert and a member the Research Society for the Study of Diabetes in India.

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