Why Black Tea in the Winter? November 25 2014posted by
Often times, people will associate black tea with the cold winter months, but is this just because a hot, calming drink is ideal for those cozy days when the snow is falling outside, or is there more to it than simply a way to stay warm?
Actually, there is. When the weather begins to change and the temperature begins to fall, our bodies react and try to counter by burning more fat and carbs to stay warm. This, in turn, increases our appetite and often times we will find ourselves eating more – both in portion size and an increase in fatty and high-carb foods.
Black tea, first developed and processed in Fujian province, China, is a fully fermented tea characterized by its sweet, yet mild flavor and rich aroma. When brewed, black tea contains fewer polyphenols than other varieties of tea. What does that mean, you ask?
Well, it means that when you drink black tea, it limits stomach and appetite stimulation meaning our bodies are not inclined to feel as hungry or as inclined to eat as much. Along with that, the tea provides simple sugars and proteins that our bodies and easily digest and use for energy. In other words, black tea provides our bodies with energy to produce heat without requiring much in order to convert it.
In addition to that, the flavonoids found in black tea fight bacteria in our bodies, reducing the risk of catching a cold.
Black tea, then, is a very potent and efficient choice when looking to stay warm and well in the coldest months of the year.
But before you go ahead and pack your black tea away with your holiday decorations, you should also know that it is effective in managing your metabolism, and has been linked to reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.
So settle in and grab a cup of black tea and good book, no matter what time of year it is. Your body – and taste buds – will thank you for it.