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Sip Iced Green Tea Instead of Diet Coke to Ward Off Cancer and Whittle Your Waistline
Think diet is a smart sip? Know this: People who drank diet soda had a 70 percent greater increase in waist circumference after 10 years compared to non-cola drinkers, according to a recent study from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Researchers aren’t sure if a compound in cola causes people to overeat or if soda drinkers typically have poorer eating habits than those who down mainly water. What they do know: Abdominal fat is a major risk factor for diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The better choice: Iced green tea. Plant chemicals called flavonoids found in green tea leaves may help ward off cancer by targeting and eliminating cell-damaging compounds called free radicals, says Cheryl Forberg, registered dietitian and author of Flavor First.
Serve It Up: Drinking four cups of green tea a day can kick up your metabolism so you burn an extra 80 calories a day, she says. That could add up to a 6-pound weight loss in a year!