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Last Reviewed: 21/09/2023

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Tea is one of the healthiest drinks, after water, you can drink.

According to Statista Research Department, after water, tea is the next most consumed beverage in the world. 
Did you know that tea originated in China in 2737 BC? Tea drinking was common in China for centuries before it reached the West. Tea is part of the culture in the United Kingdom, is important in Japanese culture, and is also very popular in Middle Eastern cultures. Furthermore, in 2016, Turkey drank the most tea of all countries in the world, according to Statista research.

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.
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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.

Thanks for reading.
The team @ The Food Cruncher.

The Science:

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/healthy-drinks/other-healthy-beverage-options/

https://www.statista.com/statistics/940102/global-tea-consumption/ 

Pang J, Zhang Z, Zheng T, Bassig B, Mao C, Liu X, et.al. Green tea consumption and risk of cardiovascular and ischemic related diseases: A meta-analysis. 2016. International Journal of Cardiology, Vol. 202. pp 967-974.

http://www.teausa.com/index.cfm

Jurgens TM, Whelan AM, Killian L, Doucette S, Kirk S, Foy E. Green tea for weight loss and weight maintenance in overweight or obese adults. 2012. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Vol. 12,p.CD008650.

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