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Teeccino's Nutritional Benefits

Teeccino is highly nutritious because all of the herbs in its proprietary formula are high in essential vitamins, minerals and phyto-nutrients that have been consumed for thousands of years. Some of the herbs in Teeccino are bitter which help promote good digestion. Additionally, chicory root contains inulin, a soluble fibre that nourishes a healthy population of beneficial digestive flora. Teeccino tastes mildly sweet from the addition of dates and figs and most people don't need to sweeten Teeccino even if they normally sweeten coffee. Thus, Teeccino helps people reduce their sugar intake. Unlike coffee, which has no nutritional value, Teeccino has 15 calories per 240 ml cup and 1 gram of fibre. Perhaps of most importance to coffee drinkers, Teeccino contains 65 mg of potassium to give your body a natural energy lift.

About Potassium

Potassium is an electrolyte mineral that stimulates nerve impulses, helps oxygenate the brain, and enhances athletic performance. Potassium is added to sports drinks to help athletes recover their energy after workouts. Teeccino has twice the potassium as sports drinks and the potassium comes naturally from the ingredients rather than being artificially added. Drinking herbal coffee allows the rapid absorption of potassium that gives the body a natural energy lift produced by the body's own energy systems.

Potassium naturally lowers the blood pressure and helps reduce the risk for strokes. A recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that men who had high intakes of potassium had a 38% lower risk of stroke than men with low potassium consumption. Potassium is abundant in fruits and vegetables. If you want to have plenty of potassium, eat 6 to 8 servings per day of fruits and vegetables and drink lots of Teeccino!Teeccino's Nutritional Benefits

About Inulin

Teeccino is rich in inulin, a soluble fibre that enhances digestion and promotes regularity by increasing the quantity of beneficial digestive flora in the intestines and colon. Inulin is a natural component of chicory root and it is particularly beneficial for colon health. A healthy population of intestinal microflora inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria and fungus like candida. They also boost the immune system, increase the production of B vitamins and help the body absorb minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium and trace minerals.

A Nutritional Comparison to Coffee

It's one thing to realize that there is no nutritional value to coffee, so, you think great, no calories. But when you realize that caffeine actually makes you excrete essential vitamins and minerals through your urine and interferes with the absorption of the nutrients you eat, it gives you a pause for thought.

We've all heard the facts about escalating osteoporosis and women's health. What you don't see mentioned is the body's effort to rid itself of caffeine causes a loss of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and trace minerals, all essential elements necessary for good health. One study even found that postmenopausal women who consumed caffeine had low bone density even though they took calcium supplements.

The news is just as bad about iron. Depending on the strength of your cup of coffee, you may reduce your iron absorption from a meal by 50%. In light of the fact that most women suffer from low iron reserves, and iron deficiency can contribute to fatigue, depression, memory and learning disorders, drinking an after meal cup of coffee could adversely affect a woman's long term health.

Acid vs. Alkaline

The acid issue is also significant. The pH of our body is slightly alkaline and although we have a number of chemical and physiological buffering systems to keep our body's ph balanced, a steady diet of highly acidic foods and beverages can strain the acid buffering system of our biochemistry. Eventually, acidic waste is stored in our connective tissue, which leads to a host of degenerative diseases such as arthritis. Along with meat and shellfish, coffee and tea are at the top of the acid forming food chart.

In order to neutralize dietary acids, our bodies use calcium as a buffering agent. Coffee thus creates an additional danger by causing the body to rebalance over-acidic diets with calcium and at the same time causing increased excretion of dietary calcium in the urine. The only place the body can go for an adequate calcium supply is the bones and teeth.

Teeccino has an alkaline effect on the body due to its high content of potassium. Switching from coffee to Teeccino allows the body to start recovering its alkaline balance and eliminating excess acid. The inulin in Teeccino also helps create conditions in your intestines to enhance the absorption of your dietary minerals like calcium.

The Caffeine Rollercoaster and Weight-Loss Diets

It's also important to look at the havoc caffeine causes to your blood sugar. Caffeine forces the liver to release glucose into the blood stream. This produces a temporary blood sugar high that is often followed by a blood sugar low. In reaction to the blood sugar surge, the pancreas produces insulin to store the excess sugar as fat. Suddenly, you feel an energy drop and the first impulse is to have another cup of coffee. This blood sugar rollercoaster with its increased insulin production and stimulated appetite is why many diet experts recommend that people on weight loss diets quit drinking caffeinated beverages.

So many people accompany their morning cup of coffee with toast, a biscuit or muffin made from refined flour and sugar. Refined carbohydrates join with the caffeine to produce an even greater blood sugar rush. It's no wonder that people can't get through the morning without experiencing energy lows that can even feel like depression. With herbal coffee, you can avoid this metabolic stress and enjoy a steady energy state produced by complex carbohydrates and potassium.


Herbs Used in Herbal Coffee

INGREDIENTS:

Roasted Carob Pods: Valued since biblical times as a nutritious, naturally sweet food, carob pods are often used today as a healthy substitute for chocolate. Carob's anti-diarrhea properties were discovered by a Spanish physician who observed that children of the poorer class ate large quantities of carob pods and had less digestive problems than children of the wealthy, even though their living conditions were less hygienic. Studies since have confirmed carob's effectiveness in resolving infantile diarrhea safely. Carob is high in calcium and Vitamin A and is rich in dietary fibre (26%) and polyphenols (21%) - those same anti-oxidant compounds found in tea that are receiving so much media attention.

Roasted Chicory Root: Used for more than 20 centuries, chicory was first roasted and drunk as a coffee substitute during Napoleon's Continental Blockade in 1806. Chicory is naturally high in potassium, calcium, and inulin, sometimes also called FOS, the fructooligosaccharde that helps to restore the optimal ecology of the gastrointestinal tract by feeding the beneficial bacteria. Chicory has a stimulating effect on digestion, elimination and helps the body metabolize milk by breaking the butter fat into smaller particles that are easier to digest. Chicory is popular in France combined with coffee to reduce caffeine and coffee's acidity.

Roasted Barley: The nutritious grain of the Egyptians and Romans, barley is reputed to help build strength and vitality. Barley gruel, the staple of the Tibetan diet, keeps Tibetans thriving in the highest altitudes. Barley is naturally high in potassium that has an alkaline effect in the body. Barley contains tocotrienol, a nutrient that helps lower cholesterol. Roasted barley contributes a full-bodied, nutty flavour to herbal coffee.

Figs: This sweet fruit has been enjoyed for over 5,000 years for its nutritious and slightly laxative properties. Figs have anti-carcinogenic activity and they are high in potassium. Figs yield a sweet, caramel note to herbal coffee. Figs are used in Turkey to impart their rich flavour to coffee.

Dates: The fruit of the desert, dates develop their sweet, plump and shiny flesh in the hot dry sun while thriving on deep hidden reserves of water. Deliciously sweet, dates are gently laxative and contain digestive enzymes, which help promote good digestion. Dates contribute their honey-like flavour to herbal coffee.

Almonds: Almonds are nutritiously dense. They contain a full range of B vitamins and significant amounts of Vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, copper, zinc, potassium, and iron. Almonds have been shown in studies to help reduce cholesterol when eaten daily. A number of factors probably influence this effect including the almond's fatty acid profile, the fibre content, the vitamin and mineral content and its plant sterols that may help limit cholesterol absorption. Teeccino's almonds are roasted to a deep golden brown.

 

Here is an article on how Teeccino helps us better absorb Essential Minerals

Here is a link to more articles on how Caffeine effects our bodies

Review of Teeccino Herbal Coffee by the Sydney Cafes website

Here is a link to some great recipes for Teeccino

About Teeccino – the company
Teeccino Caffé is a woman-owned company that is powered by an innovative and dedicated team with a big helping of entrepreneurial flair. Since 1995, when the brand was first launched in the natural products marketplace, Teeccino has grown to be the top selling coffee alternative – or coffee substitute as the category was formerly called – in the USA. Teeccino can be bought in specialty grocery and natural products markets throughout the US. Teeccino is exported to Canada, Australia, Japan and the UK.
Teeccino is imported into Australia by NTP Health Products, a company with more than 22 years experience in the natural and organic health and beauty industry.
For more information about Teeccino (the company) please visit http://teeccino.com/about_teeccino.html
For more information about NTP Health Products please visit http://www.ntphealthproducts.com


Teeccino’s Ethical and Environmental Commitments

By drinking Teeccino, you join us in supporting families devoted to organic, fair trade values in both first world and developing countries.
Teeccino is devoted to socially responsible values and sustainable agriculture. We measure our success using the triple bottom line evaluation.

• How have we impacted people, both our customers and our suppliers?
• How have we impacted the health of the planet through our actions?
• How have we impacted our profits via fair pricing, reinvestment and sharing.

Our adherence to our values guides our everyday decisions as well as our long term ones.

People

Teeccino is committed to supporting the health of its customers by providing delicious and nutritious beverages, supplements, and foods that contribute to healthy lifestyle habits. 

Our Company mission is to inspire and educate our customers to achieve optimal health. We publish educational newsletters and website content that leads to greater understanding about making healthy choices for oneself and ones’ family.
 
As a corporation, we follow socially responsible business practices with our employees, our vendors, and our customers. We adhere to fair trade principles with all our suppliers whether they reside in Europe and the USA or in the developing countries where we work: India and Guatemala.

Teeccino works in developing countries to create new trade that brings more economic opportunity to disadvantaged people living in rural villages with limited sources of income. Creating new trade contributes to the relief of poverty in developing nations while delivering unique products with greater value for the Western World.

Planet

Teeccino is committed to organic agriculture for the health of our bodies as well as the planet. The majority of our ingredients are certified organic. Buying certified organic herbal crops has many challenges including adequate supply from limited sources and impact on cash flow. We are proud of our achievements and continue to work hard to improve our organic status.

Most of Teeccino’s ingredients are tree crops that are both wild harvested and cultivated in orchards. Tree crops sequester carbon in greater amounts than ground crops because there is no disturbance to the soil  from harvesting or tilling and their leaves convert CO2 via photosynthesis. 

The creation of Teeccino was originally inspired by Caroline MacDougall’s work with communities in Central American rainforests to develop markets for sustainably harvested ingredients that would provide income compatible with rainforest preservation. Our Company commitment to the planet extends to our work with trees and with forest preservation.

Profit

Like many companies, we have had to face hard choices between greater profitability versus our organic values. Our commitment to organic wins out despite short-term problems of supply and price increases.  We are committed to
thinking out the impact of our actions for seven generations and to working hard to make our vision work practically and profitably.

We share a percentage of our sales with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that conduct nutritional and educational programs to benefit women and children in Central America. 

Beyond Fair Trade, Creating New Trade

The majority of Teeccino’s ingredients are organically grown in Europe and the USA by first world farmers. In 2004, we began developing new sources for organic chicory in India and wild-crafted ramon seeds in Guatemala, from small scale family farmers and rainforest villagers. 

These ingredients create new trade that provides more economic opportunities in regions where income is scarce. Fair trade is very important for commodity-driven products where exploitation is common. Creating new trade provides more ways to relieve poverty and raise the quality of life for rural communities in developing nations. 

Ramon Seeds: Teeccino Caffé is pioneering the introduction of ramon seeds, a traditional food of the Maya civilization that are wild-harvested in the Maya Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala. We work in partnership with several local organizations to harvest ramon seeds including Alimentos Nutri-Naturales, a women-owned company that also teaches workshops for women in rural communities to learn about preparing ramon seeds for their family. We have promoted the use of ramon seeds in products made by North American companies, including Nutiva's Hempshakes and Mary's Gone Crackers' Love Cookies, whose new line of vegan, gluten-free cookies uses ramon nut flour as an ingredient.

Once called the “corn tree” by the Maya, this nutrient rich, fibre dense nut is the seed of the fruit of the Brosimum Alicastrum tree, a member of the fig family, which also includes mulberry trees.

Ramon seeds are fat-free, gluten free, and very high in potassium along with other vitamins and minerals. They contain a complete protein that has high amounts of tryptophan, the feel-good amino acid that the body converts into serotonin. Ramon trees grow wild throughout Central American forests where they can comprise up to 20% of the tree population. They are the only wind-pollinated tree species and are frequently the lead species to reestablish forests in areas that have been clear-cut.

Despite being a free and nutritious food, ramon seeds were going to waste on the forest floor before Teeccino in partnerships with a US based company, ForesTrade Guatemala, began the work to develop this crop in 2000.

By giving value to ramon seeds and financial support to workshops that educate women on harvesting and preparing ramon seeds for their families, Teeccino has helped to improve the nutrition of impoverished families in Guatemala. Our work captured the attention of the Guatemalan government, and the head of a Presidential Commission, that provided the funds to establish ramon seeds as a safe and recognized food (GRAS) in the US.

The development of new trade in ramon seeds has helped establish  Alimentos Nutri-Naturales’  processing facility that provides jobs for rural women and produces baked goods for distribution to Guatemalan schoolchildren.

Chicory Root, a traditional ingredient in French coffee and coffee alternatives, is grown throughout Northern Europe, India, S. Africa and the USA. However, organically grown chicory roots are difficult to develop due to their high phosphate soil requirements and their necessity for costly labour-intensive weed control.

Since 2005, Teeccino has worked to develop organically grown chicory roots with rural Indian farmers in partnership with Organic India, a company committed to cultivating thousands of acres of organic farmland in India that is owned by smallholder farmers.

By 2009, Teeccino met its first goal of increasing the supply of organic chicory so that all of our requirements for chicory have been converted to organic. By creating new trade for certified organic chicory, Teeccino has led the conversion to organic cultivation of a significant portion of farmland devoted to chicory in India.  Our second goal, still in the future, is to build a processing facility to bring value-added work requiring skilled labour to India.

 

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