First introduced to Europe and then North America in the 17th century, but having an established history before then in China and the east, tea has long been a drink of choice for cultures across the world. Here we list some claimed health benefits of tea derived from the camellia sinensis plant, that is, green, black, white and oolong varieties.
1. Tea contains antioxidants called ‘flavonoids’. These compounds inhibit certain reactions in the body that release free radicals that can cause cell damage and even cancer.
2. Tea has negligible levels of carbohydrate (and calories), and provided it’s not sweetened, no sugar either. Given the numerous studies that have linked sugar to weight gain, tea is the perfect drink for inclusion in weight-loss diets where you want something a little more interesting than plain water.