I know it’s hard to believe, but not everyone likes coffee. I’m one of those people that prefers the taste of a hot cup of tea. Not only does tea taste good, but it is also good for you. There are a variety of teas to choose from so you can mix it up depending on your mood.
Types of tea:
These are the 5 healthy teas that your body will thank you for.
1. Black Tea
Black tea is one of the world’s most popular drinks. You can enjoy the bold, brisk flavor in a glass of iced tea in the summer or a steaming cup in the winter. Black tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant.
Single-origin teas come from one location in the world and are not blended with teas from other places. A blend of tea can have tea from multiple origins. Some single-origin teas are Darjeeling, Ceylon, and Assam. Blends are more popular among consumers and include flavors like chai, earl grey, and English breakfast.
Not only does it taste good, but black tea is also packed with health benefits. Black tea contains polyphenols which are antioxidants that can improve your overall health.
Studies have shown that regular tea consumption can lower your cholesterol, lower your blood sugar levels, strengthen your immune system, and reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease. Black tea contains lower amounts of caffeine than coffee and may improve your focus and energy.
2. Green Tea
Green tea is grown all over the world. Like black tea, it comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. The difference lies in how the leaves are processed. Green tea leaves are not allowed to turn black (oxidize) and are quickly heated after they are picked.
In China, the leaves are pan-fried and in Japan, the leaves are steamed. When brewed, green tea is lighter in color and has a different flavor profile than black tea. It is usually green, light brown or yellow and has a less astringent taste than black tea. One of the most popular green teas on the market is the Japanese green tea matcha where the leaves are ground into a powder.
Drinking green tea on a regular basis can improve your health. It contains less caffeine than coffee and black tea, but has enough to improve brain function and focus. Studies have shown that green tea can improve your