Why you should trade your latte for tea

Whether it is sweet tea, iced tea or hot tea, Americans love their tea. More than 70 billion servings, or 3.6 billion gallons, of tea were served in America during 2012. Of those servings, 84 percent were black tea and 15 percent were green tea, with the last 1 percent made up of other tea varieties. Eighty-five percent of the tea consumed was iced, making it a clear favorite among Americans.Tea is one habit that’s actually healthy — as long as it’s not drowned in sugar. ­Tea holds many benefits that can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and stave off unwanted illnesses and disease.

So put the latte down and check out how tea helps keep your body healthy:

Weight loss. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that drinking tea on a regular basis might aid in weight loss efforts. The study showed that regular tea drinkers lost an average of 2.9 pounds over 12 weeks without changes to diet or exercise. Other studies on tea and weight loss depict that the beverage may help with weight loss because of its ability to impact metabolism. Tea contains flavonoids, an antioxidant that may help increase metabolic rate.

Heart disease. Studies have also shown, according to the Tea Association of the USA, that regularly drinking tea may help prevent heart disease. If you drink more than three cups of tea per day, you may find that your risk of stroke and heart attack have decreased. Drinking tea daily can also help lower your bad (LDL) cholesterol.

Osteoporosis. Drinking tea also helps prevent against bone-related diseases such as osteoporosis. Studies have shown that regular tea drinkers have been associated with a higher bone mineral density.

The benefits to drinking tea are outstanding. So, go ahead and trade your latte for tea this morning. If you’re worried about getting your caffeine fix, both black and green teas are filled with plenty of caffeine to get you through the day. Drink up!

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