Why Drink Tea?
It is well known that fruit and vegetables are good sources of antioxidants; however what is less well known is the presence of antioxidants in tea. Tea is known to be a valuable source of anti-oxidants, which assist in fighting free radicals within the body. The major group of antioxidants in tea are flavonoids that appear to be digested, absorbed and metabolized by the body. Green teas contain more of the simple flavonoids called catechins, whilst the oxidization that the leaves undergo to make black tea converts these simple flavonoids to the more complex varieties called theaflavins and the arubigins. Studies have found that antioxidants in tea, especially green tea, may interfere with the growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers; prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, reduce risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels.
Great Nutritional Value
“There doesn’t seem to be a downside to tea,” says American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Katherine Tallmadge, MA, RD, LD. Taken without milk or sugar, tea contains no calories and the addition of semi-skimmed milk adds approximately 13 calories to a cup, making tea a healthy alternative to most soft drinks and beverages. Tea is known to be a natural source of fluoride, potassium, manganese and vitamin B2.
Tea, particularly green, has recently been linked with weight loss in adults. This link has arisen from the basis that tea is thought to have a metabolizing effect upon body fats and therefore prove beneficial to weight loss as part of a weight loss program.
There is also a suggestion that green tea consumption can increase endurance in exercise by improving fat metabolism