Toronto Hong Kong Lions Club 24th Annual Charity Ball

On October 23rd, 2010 UrbanZen Tea was very thankful to be invited and to participate in the annual charity ball as one of many great sponsors.

The evenings events raised funds for two deserving charities.

The Canadian Red Cross and the Canadian Liver Foundation.

Many thanks to the Toronto Hong Kong Lions Club for all their efforts in giving something back to their communities.

CRFA Show (Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association) 2011

Date: March 6, 7, and 8, 2011
Place: Direct Energy Centre
Address: 100 Princes’ Blvd
Toronto, ON Canada M6K 3C3
http://www.crfa.ca/tradeshows/crfashow/

Booth # 1900

CHFA Expo (Canadian Health Food Association) 2010

Date: October 23 & 24, 2010
Place: Metro Convention Centre (North Building)
Address: 222 Bremner Road
Toronto, ON Canada M5V 2W6
http://www.chfa.ca

Booth # 536

Green Tea for Healthy Living

Check the back of the bottle of many popular diet pills and you’ll see green tea or green tea extract listed as one of the ingredients.

Diet pills are often dangerous and packed with other unhealthy ingredients, but there’s a reason they use green tea. Green tea helps you lose weight. Of course it won’t be 20 pounds in one week or other nonsense that marketing companies like to claim, but green tea has been scientifically proven to burn calories and block fat absorption.
Green Tea Burns Fat

Food (including sugar and fat) is synthesized into a substance called triglyceride in the liver and small intestine. It is then carried into the bloodstream to other tissues in the body.

Triglyceride is used as source of energy for life support and physical activities, and is very necessary. The problem comes about when there are excess amounts of triglyceride, because then it’s turned into fat which subsequently causes obesity.

That’s where green tea comes in. It contains high amounts of polyphenols which activate the enzyme that is responsible for dissolving excess triglyceride. In the long run, this means that green tea effectively aids in burning fat.
Green Tea Stimulates the Metabolism & Accelerates Weight Loss

Green tea contains powerful antioxidants called catechin polyphenols that are responsible for many of the health benefits of green tea. One of them in particular, epigallocatechin gallate (or EGCG for short), has been found to stimulate the metabolism and accelerate weight loss.

EGCG, along with the caffeine in green tea, stimulates the central nervous system and causes fat to be released into the blood stream for the body to use as fuel. This process of fat being used for energy is called thermogenesis. It provides extra energy, sheds excess water, and also helps to burn body fat.

Although caffeine alone can stimulate the metabolism this way, it’s important to note that researchers found that the combined ingredients of green tea were much more effective at this process than just caffeine by itself.
Green Tea Helps You Exercise Longer

Everyone knows how important exercise is to losing weight. It burns calories, increases your energy, and builds muscle which in turn boosts your metabolism even higher. The catechin polyphenols in green tea appear to stimulate the use of fatty acids by liver and muscle cells. This subsequently reduces the rate that carbohydrates are used and allows for more endurance and longer exercise times. In fact, a study using green tea extract on lab rats increased the amount of time the animals could swim before becoming exhausted by as much as 24%.

More endurance means more exercise, which means more calories burned, and it all adds up to more pounds lost for you.

The Miracle of Green Tea

Is any other food or drink reported to have as many health benefits as green tea? The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea since ancient times, using it to treat everything from headaches to depression. In her book Green Tea: The Natural Secret for a Healthier Life, Nadine Taylor states that green tea has been used as a medicine in China for at least 4,000 years.

Today, scientific research in both Asia and the west is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea. For example, in 1994 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent. University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.

What makes Green Tea so special

The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter takes on added importance when you consider that thrombosis (the formation of abnormal blood clots) is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.

Links are being made between the effects of drinking green tea and the “French Paradox.” For years, researchers were puzzled by the fact that, despite consuming a diet rich in fat, the French have a lower incidence of heart disease than Americans. The answer was found to lie in red wine, which contains resveratrol, a polyphenol that limits the negative effects of smoking and a fatty diet. In a 1997 study, researchers from the University of Kansas determined that EGCG is twice as powerful as resveratrol, which may explain why the rate of heart disease among Japanese men is quite low, even though approximately seventy-five percent are smokers.

Why don’t other Chinese teas have similar health-giving properties? Green, oolong, and black teas all come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. What sets green tea apart is the way it is processed. Green tea leaves are steamed, which prevents the EGCG compound from being oxidized. By contrast, black and oolong tea leaves are made from fermented leaves, which results in the EGCG being converted into other compounds that are not nearly as effective in preventing and fighting various

CRFA Show (Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association) 2009


Date: March 8, 9, 10, 2010
Place: Direct Energy Centre
Address: 100 Princes’ Blvd
Toronto, ON Canada M6K 3C3
http://www.crfa.ca/tradeshows/crfashow/

Booth # 1900

CHFA Expo ( Canadian Health Food Association) 2009


Date: January 16, 17, and 18, 2009
Place: Place Bonaventure
Address: 800, De La Gauchetière Street, West
Montreal, QC Canada   H5A 1J6
http://www.chfa.ca

CHFA Expo (Canadian Health Food Association) 2008

Date: October 3 & 4, 2008
Place:  Metro Toronto Convention Centre (North Building)
Address: 222 Bremner Road
Toronto, ON Canada  M5V 2W6
http://www.chfa.ca
Booth # 536

CRFA Show (Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association) 2008

Date: March 2, 3, and 4, 2008
Place: Direct Energy Centre
Address: 100 Princes’ Blvd  Toronto, ON Canada M6K 3C3
http://www.crfa.ca/tradeshows/crfashow/
Booth# 1900

CHFA Expo (Canadian Health Food Association) 2007

Date: September 6, 7, 8, and 9, 2007
Place: Metro Toronto Convention Centre (North Building)
Address: 222 Bremner Road
Toronto, ON Canada  M5V 2W6
http://www.chfa.ca
booth # 536

Canadian International Food & Beverage Show 2007

Date: February 18, 19, and 20, 2007
Place: Toronto International Centre
Address: 6900 Airport Road
Toronto, ON Canada L4V 1E8
http://www.crfa.ca/tradeshows/crfashow/
Booth# 1900

CHFA Expo (Canadian Health Food Association) 2006

Date: September 8, 9, and 10, 2006
Place: Metro Toronto Convention Centre (North Building)
Address: 222 Bremner Road
Toronto, ON Canada  M5V 2W6
http://www.chfa.ca
Booth # 536

Canadian International Food & Beverage Show 2006

Date: February 19, 20, and 21, 2006
Place: Toronto International Centre
Address: 6900 Airport Road
Toronto, ON Canada L4V 1E8
http://www.crfa.ca/tradeshows/crfashow/
Booth# 1900

Fancy Food Show 2006

Date: January 22, 23, & 24, 2006
Place: Moscone Center
Address: 747 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA, USA 94103
www.fancyfoodshows.com
Booth#

Grocery Innovations Canada Show 2005

Date: October 24 & 25, 2005
Place: Toronto Congress Centre
Address: 650 Dixon Road  Toronto, ON Canada
www.groceryinnovations.com

CHFA Expo (Canadian Health Food Association) 2005

Date: October 14 – 16, 2005
Place: Metro Toronto Convention Centre (North Building)
Address: 222 Bremner Road
Toronto, Canada M5V 2W6
http://www.chfa.ca
Booth # 536

Canadian Coffee & Tea Expo 2005

Date: June 13 & 14, 2005
Place: Holiday Inn on King
Address: 370 King Street West
Toronto, ON Canada  M5V 1J9
www.coffee-expo.com

Canadian International Food & Beverage Show 2005

Date: February 20, 21, and 22, 2005
Place: Toronto International Centre
Address: 6900 Airport Road
Toronto, ON Canada L4V 1E8
http://www.crfa.ca/tradeshows/crfashow/
Booth# 1900