More Benefits Than Meets the Eye
We know water is a great way to stay hydrated and healthy while working from home during the pandemic – but let’s face it, that gets boring. And especially in the cold months, we crave a warm beverage. But don’t turn to the sugary drinks just yet – having a cup of unsweetened tea can keep you hydrated and help reduce sugar in your diet instead of reaching for that peppermint mocha latte.
According to Joy Dubost, Head of Nutrition & Health for Unilever North America, “There are many benefits to drinking tea”, says Joy. “For starters, tea is 99.5% water, so when we talk about hydration, tea is just as effective at keeping us hydrated as water.” Unsweetened tea is calorie- and sugar-free, just like water.
Tea is also rich in flavonoids. Joy explains, “Although they’re a type of antioxidant, flavonoids should be recognized as having even more benefits than antioxidants,” says Joy. In fact, the latest research demonstrates that an increase of one cup of unsweetened black or green tea per day can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease – all thanks to flavonoids (1). “This research is really amazing, knowing that adding just one cup of unsweetened tea into your daily regimen could have a positive impact on your heart health.”
Traditionally, many people have enjoyed their teas with milk and sugar, but as we talk about the benefits of this beverage, it’s important to keep in mind that they’re with reference to unsweetened tea. Simply brew according to the package instructions and enjoy!
1. Chung, M., Zhao, N., Wang, D., Shams-White, M., Karlsen, M., Cassidy, A., Ferruzzi, M., et al. (2020). Dose–Response Relation between Tea Consumption and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and All-Cause Mortality: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Population-Based Studies. Adv Nutr; 00:1–25; doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/advances/nmaa010
Note: Since everyone’s health history and nutritional needs are so different, please make sure that you talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to get advice about the diet and exercise plan that‘s right for you.