Is This Surprise Ingredient In Your Favorite Tea?

Herbs and flowers. Juices and berries. You may think you’re drinking the best nature has to offer when you sit down with a hot cup of tea, but now you need to think twice. Surprisingly, many popular tea blends and brands contain an unlikely ingredient: SOY.

Before you put your pinky in the air and drink up, here’s what you need to know about the soy creeping and steeping in your tea.

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Soy Lecithin

The soy used in many teas is soy lecithin, a byproduct of the soy plant. Soy lecithin is one of the top 10 most used ingredients in processed foods. According to the FAQs found on the website for Stash tea, “Soy lecithin is used in foods and beverages as an emulsifier, a stabilizer, a dispersing aid or other similar uses.”

Basically, soy lecithin is used to hold foods together, keeping the flavors from separating (like with a chocolate bar). Hain Celestial, the makers of Celestial Seasonings brand tea states that, “The soy lecithin in our tea keeps the ingredients smoothly blended together and prevents clumping.”

Soy lecithin is consumed on a regular basis if you read the ingredients label of most packaged and processed foods, so the soy found in tea may not cause much of a “stir” for the average person. However, even small amounts of soy can be problematic if you have a severe soy allergy or are avoiding soy for other health reasons.

In her book, The Beauty Detox, nutritionist Kimberly Snyder cites that a majority of soy is genetically modified (GMOs) and heavily contaminated with toxic pesticides. Snyder also writes that soy is filled with phytoestrogens, substances that mimic estrogen in the body and may cause hormonal imbalances.

You Don’t Have to Give Up Tea

If you have a severe soy allergy or want to avoid soy for other reasons, soy-free teas DO exist. As a good rule, choose brands that state they are organic and non-GMO certified (e.g., Numi, Traditional Medicinals, Rishi Tea).

3 Bean Recipes For Healthy Hair Growth

Beans

“Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart; the more you eat them the more you…”. I think you may know the rest, but did you know that this “magical little fruit” is good for plenty of other things like diabetes, cancer, obesity and HAIR GROWTH!?

If you are on the lookout for a simple and natural boost for your hair, try incorporating more beans into your diet. They are a great source of vitamin B6 and folic acid, magnesium, sulfur, zinc and biotin. All of these nutrients promote shiny, strong, moisturized hair that grows. Biotin, specifically, is known to boost the hair growth rate if regularly added into your daily diet. In fact, the American Diabetes Association recommends a serving of three cups of beans per week!

Try these three  delicious recipes to get beans in your diet IMMEDIATELY!

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Chocolate, Black Bean, Banana Smoothie

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups unsweetened chocolate almond milk (or soy, coconut, or rice milk)
1/4 cup cooked black beans, rinsed under water
1 banana, peeled
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon instant coffee (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup ice cubes
1/2 cup loosely-packed baby spinach

Directions

  1. Pour the almond milk into a blender jar.
  2. Add the black beans, banana and honey and blend on high for 15 seconds.
  3. Add the cocoa powder, instant coffee (if using) and vanilla, then the ice cubes and then the spinach.
  4. Blend on high until smooth, about 45 seconds.
  5. Drink immediately.

Black Bean and Corn Salad

Prep/Cook Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 3

Ingredients

1 (7 1/2 ounce) can black beans, drained
1 (5 ounce) can corn, drained
1/2 tomato, chopped
1/8 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1/16 cup red onion, chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt
Pepper

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Bean Soup With Kale

Prep/Cook Time: 22 Min.

Serves: 8

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
8 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
4 cups raw kale, chopped (be sure to remove the spiny sections; there won’t be many, but those that remain will be tough)
4 cups chicken broth or 4 cups vegetable broth
2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans or 2 (15 ounce) cans navy beans, undrained, split
2 (15 ounce) cans sliced carrots, undrained
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 teaspoons Italian herb seasoning
1 cup chopped parsley
Salt
Pepper
Shredded parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in large pot.
  2. Add in the garlic and onion, sautéing them until they are slightly transparent.
  3. After washing the kale, saute for about 15 min. until it’s a bright emerald green.
  4. Add 3 cups of the broth, 2 cups of the beans, all of the carrots, tomatoes, herbs, salt and pepper (to taste).
  5. Simmer 5 minutes.
  6. In a blender or food processor, mix the remaining beans and broth until smooth.
  7. Stir into the soup to thicken it nicely.
  8. Simmer 15 more minutes.
  9. When ready to serve, place in bowls and sprinkle chopped parsley and shredded parmesan on top.
  10. Best served with a slice of bread.

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