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Why is drinking green or black tea healthier than herbal tea such as rooibos tea?

  1. Green tea and black tea, such as Earl Gray, are good for health and contain bioactive substances such as flavonoids (antioxidants). Drinking green or black tea lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of a stroke, according to scientific research. With 3 cups of tea a day you already have health benefits. Green and black tea are available in flavors such as lemon, forest fruits, earl gray, ceylon, English blend, etc. These teas come from the "tea plant" Camellia sinensis. You can read on the packaging whether it actually contains tea. White tea and oolong tea also come from the tea plant. They are likely to provide the same health effects, but this has not been studied.

Herbal tea is not real tea

  1. Herbal teas, such as rooibos or chamomile tea, are not real tea. These types of tea do not come from the tea plant. They are infusions of plants or fruits, or mixtures of herbs, flowers and spices such as liquorice, cinnamon or chamomile. Herbal tea therefore does not count with the 3 cups of tea that provide health benefits. Feel free to drink a cup of rooibos tea, chamomile tea or nettle tea if you like this. Or for example (fresh) mint tea or ginger tea. It helps to get enough fluid and contains no calories. Of course, this only applies if you do not add sugar. Some herbal teas, such as licorice tea and star mix, can increase blood pressure. A cup of this tea every now and then won't hurt. But don't drink it too much or too often. Fennel and aniseed tea contains certain plant toxins (aroma substances), so do not drink this too much.

Alternate tea with coffee, water and milk

  1. In any case, it is smart to alternate tea with other drinks from the Wheel of Five, such as water, coffee and milk. This is because (herbal) tea can contain plant toxins that often come from the weeds that are accidentally harvested. If you drink varied, the chances are very small that you will ingest large amounts of plant toxins.

  1. Avoid slimming tea It is not advisable to buy unknown teas such as slimming tea via, for example, Marktplaats. It is often unknown what exactly is contained and what possible side effects are. Recently, another woman died of acute heart failure from drinking slimming tea. This slimming tea contained substances that are also in medicines and that can be life-threatening. It is also better not to buy weed tea, such as comfrey or coltsfoot. These types of weeds are naturally full of toxins.

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