A Healthy Take on Tea
June 19th, 2012 by Jaclyn
There’s something iconic about a cold glass of iced tea in the summertime. Although iced tea’s southern counterpart is typically laden with sugar, there are many health benefits to traditional unsweetened tea. When brewed from fresh leaves or tea bags, this thirst quenching beverage contains many beneficial antioxidants and flavonoids. White tea, green tea, and black tea all vary in flavor, caffeine content, and beneficial compounds. White tea has been shown to have more anticancer and antiviral properties than green or black teas. Studies have shown green tea to be a heart healthy beverage of choice for lowering the risk of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the artery walls from heart disease. The green variety has also been praised for its anti-aging benefits and ability to stabilize blood sugar levels. Generally speaking, black tea contains the most caffeine, followed by green tea and then white tea.
To reap the most health benefits from iced tea, avoid adding sugar. Instead opt for a lemon or lime slice, or mint leaf. This summer, enjoy freshly brewed unsweetened tea, and feel good about the health benefits you are delivering to your body. Visit WebMD to read more about the health benefits of tea.