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Why is regular tea healthy, but rooibos tea is not?

  1. The Nutrition Center recommends drinking three cups of green or black tea every day. Rooibos tea is not mentioned. Why is drinking green and black tea healthy? And rooibos tea not?

  1. Patricia Schutte, nutritionist Black tea and green tea are beneficial to health and contain bioactive substances such as flavonoids (antioxidants). These teas come from the 'tea plant' Camellia sinensis.

Health benefits of tea

  1. Scientific research shows that drinking green or black tea lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of stroke. With three cups of tea a day you already have health benefits. Green and black tea are available in different flavors (lemon, fruit, earl gray, etc.), on the packaging you can read 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 tea, such as rooibos or chamomile tea, is not a real tea because it does not come from the tea plant. It is an infusion of plants or fruits, or a mixture of herbs, flowers and spices such as licorice root or chamomile. Herbal tea therefore does not count with the three cups of tea that provide health benefits. Feel free to drink a cup of rooibos tea if you like this. It helps to get enough moisture and contains no calories. Some herbal teas, such as licorice tea or star mix, can increase blood pressure. Therefore, do not drink these teas too much or too often.

Alternate with water In any case, 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 due to pollution during harvesting. If you drink varied, the chances are small that you will ingest large amounts of plant toxins. Do you also have a question? Ask one of our experts. Always go to your doctor with urgent questions, the experts are not the right person for that. They also don't make diagnoses. You can find the other conditions here. Patricia Schutte has been working for more than 25 years as an information officer at the Netherlands Nutrition Center in The Hague. She answers questions about healthy, sustainable and safe food. Also read Is tea really that healthy? No alcohol, just three cups of tea Tea: a cup of health? From rooibos to green Ginger tea Don't miss anything anymore?

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