Is it really healthy?

Today my friend Tara ordered this bottle of Green Tea at lunch. When she took a sip of it and said, “Ew, it’s not really that good,” I automatically reached over for it and decided to read the ingredients and nutrition facts. I’m not sure why it didn’t taste all that good, but surprisingly enough I found a whopping 18 grams of sugar listed in the nutrition facts. All of the copy on this bottle’s label is written to lead the consumer to believe that it’s “good” for them. There’s a whole bunch of babble about green tea and it’s healthy benefits and zen masters and a whole bunch of other misleading information.

Is green tea healthy? Hell yeah it is! I drink at least two cups of home brewed green tea a day. Is this drink healthy? Not really. It’s not terrible for you. It’s much better than most sodas and fruit juices but for someone who is trying to lose weight or simply just make healthier choices, water would have been a much smarter option here simply because of the amount of sugar added.

Also note: Just because something says it’s organic (or whole wheat, or low fat, or sugar free, or low-calorie, or whatever!) doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a healthy choice. Much of the food on the market today is presented to us in such a way to make us think we’re making smart food decisions, when in reality, it’s just over-processed, empty-calorie crap. The most important thing you can do when choosing what to eat is to either go all natural (i.e. fruits & vegetables) or make sure that you read the ingredients and then understand exactly how each one listed will have an effect your body.

Always read ingredients & nutrition facts and always know what you’re putting into your body.