Although most of us know that Tea is good for our health, we went to the experts to get the scoop!
Tea Time in Cayman has sought the resources of Alissa Steinberg, a specialist in nutrition, as she is an advocate for healthy living and a tea-lover herself and is excited to help you make an informed decision about your tea selection. Alissa has extensive training in the area of Food and Nutrition, and is committed to providing up-to-date, evidence-based nutrition information.
So – why tea? The best answer to this question is – why not? Besides the many health benefits associated with drinking tea, tea can be prepared into many tasty flavors and it has been considered a relaxing or calming beverage. Consuming one to three cups of tea daily, and alternating between different tea flavors is the best way to maximize the health benefits from tea!
Fun Facts – For over 4500 years, tea has been used and studied as a medicinal ingredient. When combined with a plant-based diet, tea consumption has been linked to many health benefits, namely reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Tea is a natural ingredient that comes from the tea plant (Camellia Sinensis) and contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which inhibit the oxidation of molecules in our body. All in all, drinking tea is most certainly the way to go!
Tea Flavors – Tea can be prepared into a variety of flavors, including green, oolong, white and black tea. When tea is combined with different herbal blends and spices, such as peppermint, ginger, acai berries and pomegranate – the final tea blend is even tastier and is more beneficial to your health!
All Together – Based on the above information, it is clear that drinking tea, as a part of a healthy diet, is indeed an excellent choice! Each tea has its own unique blend, flavor and health benefit – you can even personalize your healthy tea habits after reading the following information.
Made by drying tea leaves, and is less processed
May be helpful for high cholesterol, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, diabetes, liver disease and weight loss
Made by fermenting tea leaves
Studies suggest black tea may be linked to reduced risk of stroke, lower cholesterol, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and weight loss
Cross between green tea and black tea (similar health benefits)
Most well known for its possible weight loss effects
Infusion of peppermint – naturally caffeine-free
May aid in digestion and ease irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and headaches
Made by seasoning tea with peach and spicy ginger
Studies indicate ginger intake may reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes, relieve nausea, heartburn and migraines
Blends both green tea and jasmine herbs
The added benefit to drinking jasmine in green tea - may be linked to lower cancer risk, anxiety relief and lower cholesterol
Made from the chamomile herb, a plant from the daisy family
Research suggests chamomile tea may relieve anxiety, panic attack, menstrual cramps and sleep disorders