Health Benefits of Tea
Tea is the second most consumed beverage, second only to water. Travel almost anywhere in the world and you will find various types of tea available. There are thousands of varieties to satisfy any taste. Served hot, cold or somewhere in between tea can be enjoyed any time of day.
I grew up in the south, where most of the tea you encounter is of the sweet variety. When I say sweet, I mean REALLY sweet. So for most of my life I have never considered tea to be part of a healthy diet.
When tea isn’t laden with sugar it is actually pretty good for you. It contains many immune-boosting antioxidants. Some studies show it can even aid in shedding a few pounds. Over the last few years I have developed quite a taste for tea. It’s a versatile beverage that is relatively inexpensive. I have it warm some mornings in place of coffee. It’s my go to drink when I’m feeling under the weather. Nothing soothes a scratchy and sore throat like a hot tea with a spoonful of honey. On warm summer days nothing quite hit’s the spot like a tall glass of iced tea, set off with a hint of lemon.
Tasty and Healthy
There are four main types of tea, which all come from the same species of plant. They are black, green, white and oolong. All types of tea share one thing in common. They are all good for you!
All varieties contain antioxidants and polyphenols. Studies show both help keep your immune system running in tip-top shape. When cold and flu season is approaching I’m always sure to stock up on a variety of teas. Even more noteworthy, tea is a great for your heart because it can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
If you are sensitive to caffeine, or just want to cut back a bit, tea may be the answer. Black tea has the most caffeine of the four, but even it has half the caffeine of a regular cup of coffee. Even just adding one cup of tea to your diet a day can have dramatic effects on your health. Speaking of substitutions, switching cola for tea is great way to cut back on caffeine and calories.
Consumers all around the globe enjoy tea daily, and for good reason. It’s delicious, nutritious, and versatile. It’s customizable to your own specific tastes. If you love variety, then you will never grow bored with tea. There are more types, and ways to serve tea, than most can ever hope to try. Although prices vary, most teas are quite affordable, especially compared to soft drinks.