Month 5, Free
Last Reviewed: 21/09/2023
Time To Read: 3mins
According to Statista Research Department, after water, tea is the next most consumed beverage in the world.
Other research suggests drinking at least three cups of either black or green tea per day may have some health benefits in reducing the risk of stroke and cancer.
Polyphenols are possibly the key element to what makes tea so healthy. Polyphenols act as antioxidants and have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Green tea may have a positive effect on reducing the risk of breast, prostate and endometrial cancers although more research is needed to confirm this.
For optimal health, try and avoid teas in coffee shops that may contain added sweeteners. Consider brewing your tea at home.
Tea for weight loss – there is no evidence to support this claim so don’t believe the hype!
In general, tea can be included within a heart healthy diet. The only potential downside is you may get the 'jitters' if you drink too much of the caffeinated stuff!
There are a vast range of herbal teas you can choose from as well. Everything from chamomile, peppermint, vanilla, turmeric and ginger. At the end of the day it's all down to personal taste. Just try and avoid adding sugar or cream as this can reduce the potential benefits. Try adding a splash of vanilla or cinnamon if you need some sweetener.
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The team @ The Food Cruncher.
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