Winter Festivi-teas

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Move over Pumpkin Spice Latte!

As we tiptoe deeper into December, our excitement for the holiday season rises as quickly as weather temperature drops. Coffee enthusiasts, particularly, may be welcoming the approaching yuletide celebrations with several trips to Starbucks to sample specialized seasonal hot beverages, such as Gingerbread Latte and Peppermint Mocha. Though these drinks represent the winter wonderland spirit and allow consumers to melt into nostalgia, they lack nutritional value and are filled with excessive empty calories. The sugar plum fairy doesn’t play nice with health in these steamy Starbucks refreshments! Consistent intake can result in elevated blood sugar levels and put a strain on your kidneys, among other health problems.

Baby, it might be cold outside, but people don’t have to compromise their well-being to experience instant warm relief by sweet beverages. An excellent alternative to holiday espressos is black tea. Researchers have found that daily consumption of black tea is associated with lowered levels of stroke risk in women and men. Black tea contains polyphenol antioxidants and catechols, which contributes towards better cardiovascular health, lowered blood pressure, decreased risk of cancer, and fitter digestive health.

The next time you venture out to get a hot Christmas-themed drink, consider sampling black tea. Its savory taste, nutty tones, and rich barley accents will not disappoint your taste buds nor your physical wellness.

Check out these links for more science behind black tea:
http://www.annalsofepidemiology.org/article/S1047-2797(12)00458-9/abstract
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2013/10/30/ajcn.113.058263.short

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