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These teas don’t just taste delicious, they could also help you slim down…
1. Peppermint Tea: The Craving Killer
What it tastes like: Refreshing and minty. Science says: Research found in the Journal of Neurological and Orthopaedic Medicine found that people who sniffed peppermint every two hours lost an average of two kilos a month. Other health benefits: Can help with digestion, freshens breath, eases menstrual cramps and can relieve headaches. Steeping time: Five.
2. Green Tea: The Fat Fighter
What it tastes like: Mild, sweet and grassy. Science says: You might avoid green tea due to its bitter taste, but consider this: a study in the Journal of Nutrition found that overweight and obese adult exercisers burnt seven percent more abdominal fat when they drank caffeinated green tea compared with other caffeinated beverages. Other health benefits: Keeps teeth healthy, lowers BMI, melts fat, reduces the chance of skin cancer, helps prevent strokes and decreases lung cancer risk. Steeping time: Three minutes to avoid the bitter taste. Tannins’ bitterness comes through when it has been over-infused.
3. White Tea: The Weight Watcher
What it tastes like: Sweet and light. Science says: Say bye-bye to fat cells and a parched throat. According to German researchers white tea stops the production of new fat cells. Studies found in the journal of Nutrition & Metabolism showed that also at the same time this sip stimulates the burning of fat! Yes please! Other health benefits: White tea lowers blood pressure and helps clear arteries, may help fight cancer. High in antioxidants, it has less caffeine than green tea and also has anti-ageing properties. Steeping time: Three minutes.
Think Outside The Pot
Here’s how to turn tea time into a treat…
Mint iced tea: Use a generous handful of mint leaves and infuse in boiled water for seven to 10 minutes. Cool down; add honey or sugar to taste. Pour over ice cubes, fresh mint leaves and lemon slices. Even better: make ice cubes with mint leaves inside.
Hibiscus and fruit tea: Delicious hibiscus is rich in vitamins and antioxidants and is an immune booster. Infuse for 10 minutes and cool. Add honey to taste; when ready to serve, add cucumber, mint, orange and lemon slices. Makes a rich maroon-coloured tea, which will be great for a punchbowl.