Sorry, coffee lovers. From having 0 calories to waking you up to having the potential to fight cancer, tea might just take the crown for the world’s best drink.
Personally, I like to think of myself as a devoted tea-drinker who enjoys a latte or two every once in awhile. But if you ask me to name my favorite kind of tea? Well, that’s simply impossible!
There are so many different types of teas, and they’re all delicious.
Let’s start with the general benefits of tea. Tea is chock-full of these chemicals called flavonoids, this one called catechin specifically, and these chemicals work as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents to keep your body feeling great. But that’s not all… tea can also lower your risk for heart disease, help you lose weight, and make you less stressed!
It’s like tea can do no wrong!
Keep on reading for a quick breakdown of the types of teas you should definitely be drinking, compiled mostly from this handy article. And, you know, maybe one day tea people and coffee people will be able to get along. Kind of. Like cats and dogs?
Green tea: This tea has an amazingly long list of health benefits, including improving brain function, increasing fat burning, lowering your risk of cancer and type II diabetes, and assisting with weight loss. To really get the full impact of green tea, opt for some higher quality teas when you’re at the store.
Black tea: Out of all the teas in this list, black tea has the most caffeine, so if you’re looking for a pick-me-up this tea is your best bet. It could also reduce your risk of stroke and protect your lungs from being damaged by cigarette smoke!
White tea: This tea may have less caffeine but it has the most promising anti-cancer properties
Oolong tea: If you’re looking to control your cholesterol levels, try having a cup of oolong tea! It’ll also improve your digestion as well as your skin.
Jasmine tea: this tea is a type of green tea and subsequently comes with all its great health benefits, so if you’re not a fan of the taste of green tea, try jasmine instead! It has a slightly more floral taste to it.
Pu-erh tea: Pu-erh is a type of black tea and also has great cholesterol-reducing properties.
Chamomile tea: Having a hard time falling asleep? A cup of chamomile tea will fix that! Chamomile tea is different in that it’s an herbal tea, so there’s absolutely no caffeine involved.
Roobois tea: Made from a South African bush, Roobois tea is uniquely known for its red color and distinct taste. This tea is another herbal tea, so there’s no caffeine, and can also improve your cardiovascular and bone health. It’s also packed with minerals.
Keep in mind this list is by no means a comprehensive summary of all the teas that are out there. All teas have their own special health benefits, so feel free to keep tasting different teas to find the one you like!