The general consensus for years has been that drinking too much tea dehydrates our body because of the caffeine content, but in actual fact a study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that the caffeine levels are not enough to counter the volume of water that we drink with tea.
It found that not only does tea replenish our fluid stores the same way that water does but it also has the added heath antioxidant benefits from the flavonoids that can help prevent the risk of heart disease and some cancers.
So if you prefer drinking tea rather than anything else whether it ‘is green, black or herbal tea remember you wont need to drink water on top of that to meet your daily hydration needs. Just try to make sure there is no sugar or milk!
‘True tea’ like black tea, green tea, oolong and white tea, come from the leaves of the tea plant and what many people call ‘herbal tea’ like chamomile tea for example, are actually just infusions. They are all great for fasting though, as they have zero calories as well as great antioxidant properties.
So How do You Make Your Tea More Interesting?
- Add some Stevia (the zero calorie sweetener from natural sources)
- Add a slice of lemon or lime.
- Add some cinnamon. (Which is also great for managing your blood insulin levels)
- Use herbal teas (make sure they have no calories!).
- Or make your tea into iced tea. You can find some great iced tea recipes here