Healthiest Types of Teas You Should Be Drinking
It is familiar that a cup of tea has numerous health benefits, but are those benefits different for different types of tea? Green, black oolong, and white teas all come from the same plant (Camellia sinensis). It’s how they’re processed that sets them apart and gives them their unique flavors. Black is made from leaves that have fully oxidized; their chemical makeup changes when they’re wilted, bruised and exposed to air (kind of like a cut apple that sits on the counter).
Green tea is not oxidized, oolong is partially oxidized. White tea is also not oxidized, and it’s made from young leaves or buds. They all will deliver a slightly lower buzz compared to a cup of coffee: it takes up to four eight-ounce cups of black tea to deliver roughly the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee.
Given below are the healthiest types of teas:
• Black Tea
Black tea may be a heart helper. While black tea is not quite as high in flavonoid antioxidants as its green counterpart, it is good for your heart and may help reduce cholesterol levels. And it can also help boost your energy levels. Feel free to tackle your afternoon slump with black tea, which tends to have a higher caffeine content than green tea.
• Green Tea
Green tea is full of good-for-you antioxidants that may keep you in fantastic form long-term. It may also help fight certain diseases: “The polyphenols found in green tea not only reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering your total and LDL cholesterol but may also reduce your risk of breast cancer,” says Sonia Oyola, MD, of the University of Chicago.
Also read: Health Benefits of Green Tea
• White Tea
Sipping white or green tea may help with weight loss, thanks to caffeine and antioxidants called catechins. It’s also a plant powerhouse. “White tea is the least processed,” notes Dr. Oyola, “so compared with other teas, it has a higher amount of polyphenols, which are known to have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.”
Also read: Health Benefits Of White Tea
Kombucha—tea that’s fermented using sugar and a starter culture from (good) bacteria and yeast—can be an excellent source of probiotics, which may help reestablish a balanced gut microbiome and improve the health of your digestive system, says Dr. Oyola. Just be aware that some varieties may contain alcohol (though usually less than 0.5 percent).
• Weight Loss Teas
Are so-called “detox teas” for weight loss worth a try? Nope—here’s why: Some slimming teas combine caffeine with a diuretic, causing you to shed water weight, not actual fat. They may also contain herbs like senna, a natural laxative that can come with undesirable side effects (think stomach cramps and diarrhea). If your goal is fat loss, exercise and clean diet are a safer bet, says Cynthia Sass, RD.
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