To Your Health: Hot or cold, tea has big benefits for body and brain
Coffee or tea?
You might think that most Americans would opt for a cup of java. But tea has been growing in popularity in the United States – about half of us now have at least a cup a day.
That’s a trend we can get behind. Tea isn’t just a better option than sugary drinks; new research shows it might have big health benefits,too.
• Tea has antioxidants that can help protect against cancer. Also, the antioxidants in green tea extract have been found to boost your exercise endurance.
• Tea is a hydrating drink, even though it has caffeine. Enjoy a glass of unsweetened iced tea with dinner or as a mid-morning pick-me-up.
• Tea drinkers appear to be at lower risk for heart disease and stroke. The research, though, is still young. And the benefits aren’t universal: Tea varieties and brews can affect the healthful benefits.
• Some tea varieties have been found to improve your mood, concentration or stress.
• Adding tea to your diet might help you regulate your weight better. One study found green tea extracts could interfere with fat formation in your body.
While a growing number of studies have shown tea can be good for you, experts are also urging caution. Too much of something is never a good thing.
Plus, non-tea drinkers might be tempted to mound sugar into their cups to sweeten their brew up. If you’re not partial to tea, you might stick with coffee.
Are you a tea drinker? Tell us what variety is your favorite.