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So Sip on This – Unsweetened Tea is a Tasty, Healthy Beverage Choice!

 

Tea

Are you a tea or coffee drinker?

I am a coffee drinker, but I also enjoy a great cup of tea.

I grew up drinking tea. My mom and grandparents came from Wales, U.K., and drinking tea is a common, every day thing for them. I didn’t get into coffee until I started at college.

I still enjoy tea. I prefer it plain with a splash of lemon juice. Growing up I always added milk and sugar. As I grew older I preferred my tea to be less sweet.

Did you know that tea could be good for you? According to Tea Council of the USA, it can be. Check out the information (below).

We know the dilemma – water doesn’t always quench your flavor crave. No worries…there’s a tastier, healthier beverage alternative for those seeking a sensible sugar-free drink option that aligns with the new U.S. Dietary Guidelines. The goal of the Dietary Guidelines is for individuals throughout all stages of the lifespan to have eating patterns that promote overall health and help prevent chronic disease. Tea, with its numerous health benefits, soothing qualities and diverse flavors and forms, is the perfect beverage choice, meeting the key recommendations of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guideline

  • Follow a healthy eating pattern across the lifespan.
  • Focus on variety, nutrient density, and amount.
  • Limit calories from added sugars and saturated fats and reduce sodium intake.
  • Shift to healthier food and beverage choices.
  • Support healthy eating patterns for all.

And, there are more varieties of tea than one might think—so there’s sure to be an option for every taste palate. Peter Goggi, President of the Tea Council of the USA says, “There are many intriguing forms and flavors of this healthy beverage to satisfy each taste preference, whether it be black, green, oolong or white.” In addition, Goggi notes, “Not only does tea taste great, but there is a large and growing body of research supporting it as a healthy, good-for-you beverage that meets the new recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.”

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Tea is steeped in health benefits

Tea contains no sodium, fat, carbonation, or sugar and is virtually calorie-free. Thousands of published studies in leading medical journals support the potential health benefits of drinking tea. The major bioactive compounds in tea, called flavonoids, have been linked with the beverage’s healthful properties. In fact, the December 2013 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) published 12 studies about tea’s role in cardiovascular health, cancer prevention, metabolism and brain function.

Tea and Heart Health: A study published by Claudio Ferri, MD, University L’Aquila, Italy found that black tea reduced blood pressure, and among hypertensive subjects, it helped counteract the negative effects of a high-fat meal on blood pressure and arterial blood flow. The study also indicated that consuming one cup of tea per day may reduce incidence of stroke and heart attacks by 8 to 10 percent.

Tea and Bone Health: Research suggests that polyphenols in green tea may help improve bone quality and strength. One study found that drinking tea was associated with a 30 percent reduced risk in hip fractures among men and women 50 years of age or older.

Tea and Mood, Mental Alertness & Problem Solving: A study found that drinking tea improved attention and allowed individuals to be more focused on the task at hand. In this placebo-controlled study, subjects who drank tea produced more accurate results during an attention task and also felt more alert than subjects who drank a placebo. These effects were found for two to three cups of tea consumed within 90 minutes. It is thought that caffeine and the amino acid theanine, both present in tea, contribute to many of tea’s psychological benefits.

Tea and Ovarian Cancer: A study published in the November 2014 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition tracked habitual flavonoid intakes among study participants. Researchers found that the women who consumed foods high in flavonols and flavonones – found in tea, red wine, apples, grapes and citrus fruit and juices – had a lower risk of developing endothelial ovarian cancer. The authors reported that the women who drank two cups of black tea per day saw a 31 percent reduction in cancer risk.

Tea and Body Weight: In one review, researchers concluded that subjects consuming green tea and caffeine lost an average of 2.9 pounds within 12 weeks while adhering to their regular diet. The results of another meta-analysis suggest the increase in caloric expenditure is equal to about 100 calories over a 24-hour period. The weight loss benefits of tea vary based on many factors, but studies have found benefits with the equivalent of as little as 2.5 cups of green tea.

So brew up a cup!

It’s easy to brew a cup of tea, either from loose leaf tea or tea bags. To brew a cup of hot tea, bring cold, filtered water to a full boil in a teapot. Use one tea bag or one teaspoonful of loose tea per cup of water. Pour the boiling water over the tea and steep for three to five minutes.

Visit the Tea Council of the USA or follow @TeaCouncil on Twitter to learn more about the many health benefits and varieties of tea.

Are you tea drinker? What is your favorite way to enjoy tea? Were you aware of tea’s health benefits?

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I shared this for the enjoyment of my site readers. The opinions/information share is that of the author’s and don’t reflect my own. This information was published with permission. 

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

Comments

  1. I’m a huge fan of tea and have read before about the health benefits. I love it both hot and cold and ALWAYS unsweetened.

  2. I love tea, it tastes so good in the winter.