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Living Well In Yalobusha County

January Is Hot Tea Month

By Pamela Redwine

What’s happening at the Extension Office this week:
The Crochet Group meets twice a month. Their next meeting will be on Thursday, January 23, at 10 a.m. at the Extension Office. The class is free, please bring a crochet hook and yarn.
The Yalobusha Buddies and the Cloverbuds will also meet on Thursday, January 23 at 4 p.m. Please call the Extension office at 675-2730 to let us know that you will be attending.
Our exercise classes are going great, but several people have mentioned that they would like to learn more about what to eat, how to cook etc. to aid in their healthy living lifestyle. We will have a nutrition interest meeting on Wednesday, January 29, at 9:45 (right after exercise class). During this meeting we will discuss how often and when we will meet and the topics that we want to discuss. Anyone interested is invited to attend.
The Healthy You Exercise Classes meet each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. at the Extension office in Coffeeville.
There will be a one day Servsafe Certification Class for food service personnel on Thursday, February 20 at the Yalobusha Extension Office. The cost is $135. If you need this training, this is a great time to get it. We haven’t had this class in Yalobusha County in a while and one day classes are rare. Call me at the Extension Service 675-2730 for more information or to sign up.
There will be a Tummy Safe Certification class for daycare workers on Thurs-day, February 13 in Grenada County. The class will begin at 8 a.m. and be over around 4 p.m. The cost is $100 and you will receive 6 contact hours for attending the class. The certification exam will be at the end of the class. Call me at Extension office for more information or to sign up.

January is Hot Tea Month

There is no better time to experiment with tea for your beverage choice. Here are three reasons to drink more tea or to switch from coffee to tea more often: Tea is more reasonable on your pocketbook, easier on your waist, and beneficial for your health .
Pocketbook benefits: Tea is often an inexpensive substitute for coffee or soda. Consider the costs:
* One ounce of coffee (makes about a 16 ounce cup) = .39 to .75
* One can of soda: .48 to $1.50
* One tea bag = four to 12 cents. We often brew “refrigerator iced tea” using 2-3 bags of tea for two quarts, so our cost is about eight cents per half gallon, which is very inexpensive (compare to soda which can cost about $1.60 for the same amount on average).
Low in calories: of course, unsweetened tea contains a lot less sugar and calories as compared to soda, which often rings in at about 39 mg per can. Even if you add a teaspoon of sugar to your tea you will only add about five mg as compared to the eight teaspoons that are often found in a can of soda. And tea doesn’t seem to need as much cream, flavor, or sugar as some “barista-inspired” coffee drinks that can yield over 300 calories per cup.
Full of health benefits : Tea has many health benefits and “phytochemicals” or beneficial plant chemicals.
Tea is good for your bones. An epidemiological study, published May 13th in the Archives of Internal Medicine (2002;162:1001-6) by C-H Wu, et al, compared tea drinkers with those who don’t drink tea. They found that those who drank tea for 10 or more years had the strongest bones.
Tea is good for your heart. A 5.6 year longitudinal analysis of data from the Rotterdam Study found a 70% lower risk of a fatal heart attack in those who consumed at least 2-3 cups of black tea daily compared to those who were not tea drinkers. The authors concluded, “An increased intake of tea and flavonoids may contribute to the primary prevention of ischemic heart disease.”
Tea is good for your teeth. It is a great natural source of fluoride and the tannins in tea may suppress the growth of plaque bacteria. Stronger teeth and less plaque are the key to keeping your teeth into old age.
Many studies in animals have found that black and green teas contain phytochemicals that seem to help prevent a variety of cancers. More research is needed but epidemiological studies do suggest that it is likely to prove beneficial.
Tea also contains less caffeine, on average:
* 1 cup coffee = 95 to 200 mg
* 1 cup tea (black) = 20 to 60 mg
* 1 cup tea (green) = 25 to 40 mg

Source: Retrieved:1-17-14 http://foodandhealth

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