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To Tea Or Not To Tea: There Really Is No Question
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To Tea Or Not to Tea: There Really is No Question

Drinking soda, even diet soda has been linked to obesity, an increase in diabetes and heart disease risk and even cancer. Bottled water has been vilified as being nothing more than expensive tap water and a huge threat to the environment because of the plastic bottles. Reusing the bottles may increase your exposure to chemicals in the plastics which in turn increases your risk of cancer. So, what is a person to drink then? According to hundreds if not thousands of studies from around the globe, the overwhelming answer to that question is tea. Apparently it does not matter what variety of tea you drink, either because they all have some health benefit and little to no drawbacks.

Researchers from Switzerland have just published their findings to the journal, BMJ Open concerning black tea, for instance. In this study, led by Dr. Ariel Beresniak, MD, PhD, countries that have the highest reported black tea consumption also had the lowest rates of diabetes. Dr. Beresniak cautions that the correlation does not establish causality, however it does make the case for further study. Black tea is not the only tea variety which has been shown to have positive affects on diseases. White tea, which is the least processed form of the tea leaf for instance, has been shown to have very strong cancer fighting properties.

Green tea, one of the most commonly consumed varieties of tea, has been shown to have a very wide range of health benefits including boosting the immune system, lowering the risk of heart disease and lowering the blood pressure. Green tea is also thought to possibly boost brain function in older adults as well. Like white tea, green tea is linked to cancer fighting benefits and is thought to be especially beneficial in fighting prostate cancer and may shrink the growth of certain types of tumors.

Dieters have often been encouraged to increase their consumption of green tea because it boosts the metabolic rate and may help curb cravings. However, do not be fooled by the many green tea weight loss products that claim to give you mega doses of EGCG, because most do not have any more than a cup of tea and contain other ingredients which may make them harmful.

No matter what kind of tea you drink, it is important to remember that while there are no calories in the tea itself, anything that you add like sugar or milk may. You must count those calories in your overall daily consumption.

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Tea it is! Thanks Amie! Hey, do you have a new book coming out anytime soon?

  about 7 years ago

I am shopping an editor for one that is nearly finished and just had an amazing idea hit me last night ... so hopefully the answer will be yes, soon!!!!

  about 7 years ago

Hi Amie Nogrady. I have just read your article and I like it.

  about 7 years ago

I started drinking green tea as a replacement drink to sodas earlier this year. I lost a few pounds and feel much better since doing away with all the sugar. As for black tea I like a good cup of TAZO black tea every so often. Still, coffee will always be my first choice.The sugar also went the way of the sodas, Replaced with stevia or no sweetness at all. I should have done this years ago.

  about 7 years ago
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