The Potential Benefits of Tea

012517Aside from water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. It is estimated that tea can be found in 80% of U.S. households and that on any given day over half of the nation’s population consumes tea. Tea can be found in almost all restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores, vending machines and retail shops that sell and serve premium teas.

While there are four main types of tea, green, black, white, and oolong, the largest portion of studies have focused and showed that green and black teas are the most beneficial for health. All four of these teas are made from the leaves of a shrub named Camellia sinensis, what differentiates them is the form in which they are processed. Teas have been lauded by many cultures and health experts around the world for its potential health benefits and uses.

Tea has been largely linked with good heart health due to its antioxidant properties. Tea leaves contain flavonoids, which are responsible for the plants healthy properties. Some studies have indicated that drinking black tea was reported to decrease the chance of a heart attack. Another study found that drinking three cups of black tea per day was useful in significantly reducing blood sugar levels and triglycerides. The study also noted that there was an increase in HDL cholesterol (the good kind).

Drinking green tea over time has also been shown to reduce triglycerides and bad cholesterol levels while increasing the good cholesterol. Green tea may also help prevent coronary artery disease due to its antioxidants which have anti-inflammatory effects on plaque buildup in the bloodstream and arterial walls. There are also claims that tea may help prevent cancers due to the polyphenol compounds found in them, although studies are quite few and have mixed results.

While not all clinical trials are consistent in showing loss of body fat, some trials do suggest that there may be benefits from green tea. Of course using either green or black tea to replace a higher-calorie beverage is a great choice and will be of benefit for those attempting to lose weight. For best results when drinking tea, (either hot or cold) avoid adding sugar.

Tea can also be used for light to moderate energy as most teas depending on the kind have some sort of caffeine content usually ranging from 20 to 90 milligrams per cup of tea (8 fluid ounces) compared to a cup of coffee which usually has anywhere between 50mg to 120mg of caffeine.

Campus Tips: 

  • Buy bottled green tea from our Sam’s Place West or Sam’s Place Murray Locations
  • Head over to Day Break Café at The Market and add Matcha Green tea to your smoothie today!
  • On your next trip to the store buy some green or black tea to drink every day!

For further reading check out: 

Todays Dietitian: Green Tea 

Tea’s Good for the Heart 

Ricardo Blanco, Student Assistant
Hospitality Dietitian: Mindy Diller, MS, RDN, LD : mindy.diller@ttu.edu 

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