Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tea Does a Body Good!

As noted in my last blog, "diet villain" ALERT:  CAFF, I am posting this information about tea.  

After water, tea is the most commonly consumed beverage in the world, offering many health benefits if you skip the cream and sugar. The average amount of caffeine in tea is 40 milligrams per cup, compared to coffee, which contains around 100 milligrams per cup.

* Notes
Teas such as green, black, white, and red contain polyphenols, which are rich in antioxidants that help protect our bodies from free radical damage and may reduce the risk of gastric, esophageal, and skin cancers.
  • Polyphenols also help prevent blood clotting, lower cholesterol levels, and may lower the risk of ovarian cancer.
Herbal teas are infusions made with herbs, flowers, spices, roots. and other plant parts but do not have the same health-promoting properties as green, red, and black teas. 
  • Herbal teas are consumed for their physical or medicinal effects, especially for their digestive, immunity, cleansing, relaxant, and wellness properties.
* Tea Rules
  • Drink a couple of cups of tea daily to help boost your water intake and add other health benefits. With such a wide variety of flavors you’re bound to find one or more you love.
  • Don’t drink grocery store or convenience store bottled teas that aren’t 100% tea. These teas usually contain sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and other sugar derivatives, all of which are definite no-no’s.
  • Try pre-made unsweetened Tejava tea (www.tejava.com), found at Trader Joe’s.
  • Some coffee bistros offer a variety of tea choices—just make sure they are plain teas—no sugar, cream, artificial sweeteners, etc.
Here are some articles you may want to read about tea:

Tea is good for you, but skip the milk.

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