The second most consumed and preferred beverage of the world, Tea is well-loved worldwide for its reviving and exhilarating features, endowing its drinkers with overall wellness and good health. Over the ages, since its discovery, it has built an unnerving following of revered masses all over the world. One of the unfailing reason for its reign is the variety in which it can be prepared and consumed, along with its affinity with a number of natural flavoring agents that can be added to enhance its flavor, aroma and nutritive value.
Fundamental Consumption Preferences
Tea in any form comes with a range of health benefits to its name. The base variants of tea are prepared with or without milk. Tea without milk is commonly referred as Black Tea. There is wealth of difference between the flavors and feel of both these variants. The fundamental one being, the overall taste, followed by nutritive value, calorie content and health benefits.
Benefits of Tea with Milk
From Bombay Cutting, Irani Chai, Masala Tea to Elaichi Tea and many other brews, especially in Indian context, masses prefer to have their daily dose of reviving Chai, which is milk and tea brewed together to form an earthy brew of pure rejuvenation and joy. When you brew milk along with your tea, it is enriched with the benefits of tea as that of the milk. Listed below are some of the prominent benefits you can reap in from a reviving cup of Milk Tea.
• Provides Energy Boost: The protein, carbohydrate and fat content in milk tea provides the body with ample of energy surge.
• Strengthens the Bones: The calcium in milk is responsible for good bone health and for strengthening it.
• Stress Reduction: Tea with milk refreshes you and helps to reduce the tension levels.
• Great for Skin Health: It helps to make the skin brighter, softer and retain its good health.
• Enhances the Mood and Optimism Level: Milk Tea in general has a very uplifting flavour and aroma, which tends to elevate your sense of well-being, lifts up your spirit and mood.
Benefits of Tea without Milk
Black Tea is rich with its own set of unique health benefits, which are better absorbed, if consumed undiluted with milk or sugar.
• Rich in Antioxidants: The main source of antioxidants in black tea are groups of polyphenols, which include catechins, theaflavins and thearubigins, which help to promote overall good health and wellness.
• Improves the Health of the Immune System: Polyphenols such as theaflavinsand thearubigins help to destroy free radicals and thereby boost the immunity levels.
• Enhances Heart Health: It prevents the risk of cardiovascular diseases, lowers risk of stroke and helps to lower blood pressure levels.
• Lowers Cholesterol Levels: Black Tea helps to reduce the LDL cholesterol levels from the body.
• Boosts Gut Health: The polyphenols in tea help to maintain good health of your gut, it promotes the growth of good bacteria and stunts the growth of the bad bacteria.
• Reduces Blood Sugar Levels: Black tea helps reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
• Reduces the Risk of Cancer: Antioxidants in the tea helps prevention of certain kinds of cancer especially ovarian cancer, stomach cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer and oral cancer.
• Improves Focus and Attention levels: Regular consumption of black tea helps one to concentrate better.
• Helps to Reduce Weight: Flavonoids, present in tea help to boost metabolism and favour weight loss, provided, overall diet is also held in check.
• Helps in prevention of Neurological Diseases: Consumption of tea reduces the risks of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
The Better Elixir
Although with or without milk, tea stands out as clear winner, if you want to reap its benefits to the best, black tea stands out, since addition of milk blocks certain benefits which pure black tea endows on its drinkers. Listed are a few disadvantages of Tea with milk over Black Tea.
- Increases the risk of acidity and inflammation
- Stunts the cardiovascular benefits of black tea
- Harmful for oral health
- Could lead to dehydration and bloating
- Prevents absorption of antioxidants in tea
- Hampers absorption of certain vital nutrients in the body
Types of Tea without Milk
There are a number of teas, which go solo and do not need to be supplemented with milk. Black Tea, Green Tea, Oolong Tea, White Tea, Herbal Tea and various blends of these are a wonderful treat to those taste buds.
Tea without Milk for Weight Loss
From the health point of view, tea without milk and sugar is clearly a more healthy and nutritive option. It is low in calories and accompanied with a balanced diet, it helps to reduce weight.
The above statement can be reasoned from the fact that a cup of tea without milk and sugar amounts to as low as 3 calories, whereas a cup of tea with skimmed milk amounts to around 20 calories and with milk and sugar to around 53 calories.
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