Saturday, January 29, 2011

A Cup of Morning Tea

How do you start your morning? If you have breakfast, this often includes a meal with carbohydrates and protein and a beverage to give you a slight jolt to start your day. More often than not, this beverage is coffee. While coffee has recently been found to have antioxidants, not everyone drinks it black. The list of ingredients to coffee has since expanded from a bit of cream and sugar to syrups and whipped cream. If you cannot stand the taste of black coffee and want to eliminate the excess calories of added milk and sugar products, consider drinking tea instead.

Black tea, which contains the most caffeine out of all common varieties, can be closely likened to coffee with a milder taste. Although plain black tea is often found in varieties like Earl Grey and English breakfast, flavor infusions, which add taste but not too many calories, have become popular. Each blend of flavored black tea contains some dried fruits, spices, or even flower petals. When the tea is steeped, the flavors from the fruits or spices are released and mixed in.

From a different species of the camellia sinensis plant, green tea has also gained in popularity over the past 20 years. Even with less caffeine, green tea can still give you a morning jolt, but the beverage has come under attention for supposed health properties. Studies ranging from reducing risks of heart disease to weight loss have been done with green tea, but the results of all indicate that the beverage, even in concentrated form, is not a substitute for proper medical attention or a dieting and exercise strategy.

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