My grandma, 86 already, still denies holding my hand for the daily morning walk. Such is her fitness that she has been taking care of her everyday routine all by herself and if that wasn’t enough, at times she even cooks health-bursting delicious food for us all. One can always find grandma letting out her little secret to others – You should eat healthy to remain healthy. The only thing which she cannot resist is her black tea three times a day. One fine day I told her to give up tea as it contains caffeine. She started laughing and said, “If you can give up your coffee, I will give up having tea…coffee has more caffeine!”
So yeah, the truth is thus, revealed. Coffee is more harmful than tea. In fact, health experts are advocating the benefits of tea over coffee. Recently while travelling, I met a senior dietician who, as it turned out, was perfect for an enlightening conversation over a cup of tea, like literally!
So, the question remains….to tea or not to tea?
- Green tea is highly beneficial to people having cancer, high cholesterol and high sensitivity to allergy, liver and heart problems. Tea has poly-phenol and antioxidants that help to fight these diseases. Tea even helps to reduce the accumulation of fat & cholesterol in arteries which is the main cause of heart attacks. Thus, sipping on green tea everyday reduces the possibility of heart attacks by almost 50 percent.
- Antioxidants found in tea also reduce the effects of pollution and ageing on your well being.
- Tea has a limited content of caffeine and tannin which help to stimulate body organs leaving you fresh and energetic after consuming it.
- Wondrous tea has only 42 mg of caffeine as opposed to a 163 mg in a cup of coffee.
- Tea is good for your bones. No, it’s not the milk content as you know it, but the black tea that has phytochemicals that help to strengthen bones over a period of time.
- Tea has fluoride which helps keep your teeth healthy and what’s more, you can use unsweetened black tea as a mouth wash after brushing your teeth. This helps remove plague.
- Tea helps to keep you hydrated. Yes, strangely true, many people miss drinking adequate water in today’s fast-paced lifestyle but three to four cups of black tea, and the problem is half solved.
- Tea is helpful in losing some of that extra flab, too, as it is calorie free unless milk or sugar is added. Now, could it be any more wonderful?
Few golden rules to remember for a smart start to your day:
Avoid mixing milk in black tea as it reduces the antioxidant properties.
Avoid sugar as well; it negates the benefit of calcium found in tea.
Do not boil the tea in water for more than 3-4 seconds. The best way to have tea is: boil water for 1-2 minutes; add tea leaves & cover with lid for 5 minutes; ready to sip up your healthy tea.
Green tea is better than black tea; it has more flavonoids and antioxidants.
Adding basil leaves, crushed ginger, cardamom and cloves to your cuppa tea multiplies its nutritive properties.
Wised up with these amazing facts and wonders of tea, you can finally let go off the coffee addict in you. And, next time you want to have a guilt-free indulgence at a coffee shop, work or in the comforts of your own home, you just know what to choose.