Here we are again! As promised, the next few posts will be all about Black Tea
, Green Tea
, and White Tea
Starting with Black
has been around for a while. Around the 17th century, an army passed through the Fujian province of China and decided to take refuge in a tea factory. They interrupted the tea production and, as a result, the leaves were left in the sun longer than normal, which caused them to oxidize
This new tea quickly became popular, and they decided that smoking the leaves over pinewood would accelerate the drying time. Thus, Black Tea
Now, Black Tea
is everywhere. It is widely popular and used in a variety of ways, including most pre-made drinks at gas stations and grocery stores.
As you can see, we drink a lot of Black Tea
. So, the big question is this: it is good for us?
Thankfully, that answer is YES!
contains vitamin K, sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and caffeine. It's no wonder, then, that the benefits include things like:
- Repairing coronary artery dysfunctions (the vitamins and antioxidants help with this)
- Calming digestive issues (the magnesium and Tannins found in the tea help with diarrhea, nausea, and other digestive issues)
- Help prevent strokes by lowering bad cholesterol levels.
- Helps manage diabetes with its powerful polysaccharides, which are carbohydrates that work to slow blood sugar absorption)
- Cutting your caffeine addiction (Black Tea contains about 25-60mg of caffeine per cup, where coffee has about 60-150mg. That makes Black Tea essential for anyone cutting down on their caffeine consumption)
- Keeps your body hydrated by balancing your fluid levels (who doesn't love a refreshing glass of iced tea after a long day?)
- Prevents heart disease by keeping your cortisol levels low and reducing stress on the heart
- May help with certain cancers (I couldn't find much information on this one, so be sure to check with your doctor before adding it to a routine)
There are more benefits to Black Tea
, but I believe this list is enough to get you started.
If you don't like the taste of Black Tea, there are many ways you can enhance its flavor. For example, you can add some:
Now that you know a little more about our friend Black Tea, you can enjoy it all the more! I do have to warn you, though, that drinking more than five cups a day may give you higher acidity in your stomach. It may also give you caffeine headaches. No other side effects have been noticed.
Now you can rest easy knowing that the tea you order at restaurants is usually made with Black Tea and can be healthy for you!
Well, if you get it without all the sugar, that is.
To learn more about the benefits of Black Tea, visit: Organic Facts, Teabox, School of Tea, Art of Tea, The Tea Spot, and The Tea Talk.
The photo is my own.
- Fresh mint leaves
- Frozen fruit
- Lavender buds
- Rose petals (or hips)
- Natural cane sugar
- Fresh blueberries