Benefits of Black Tea in Bubble Tea
Black tea and green tea are the common teas used when making Bubble Tea drinks. Green tea is the most popular type of tea used because of its widely documented health benefits and the sweet taste, but black tea also has health benefits! Learn what are the benefits of black tea in Bubble Tea are and you may consider replacing your green tea with black tea in your Boba drink.
Black tea is a type of tea that comes from a shrub called Camellia sinesis. It is to be noted that green, oolong, and white teas are also from the same shrub. They only vary in the manner they processed into tea. The tea leaves are withered, rolled, heated, and fermented before the final heating process in producing black tea. Black tea is more oxidized than the other varieties of tea.
In China and in the neighboring Korea and Japan, all tea drinking countries, black tea is known as “red tea” because of the color of the liquid. The tea is referred to as “black tea” in the West in reference to the color of the oxidized leaves.
Black tea retains its flavor for several years, compared to the green and other tea varieties that lose their flavor within the year. Such long storage life of black tea accounts for its huge popularity, despite the recent resurgence of the popularity of green tea. Black tea accounts for over ninety percent of all tea sold in the Western hemisphere.
Benefits of Drinking Black Tea
Black tea is a famous beverage in the planet not only because of its flavor and aroma but also because of its benefits to human health, as follows:
- Healthy heart – Studies have shown that people, regardless of race or culture, who consume 3 or more cups of black tea a day, have a 21% lower risk of stroke than people who consume less than 1 cup of black tea a day.
- Antioxidants – Black tea contains polyphenols, antioxidants that protect the body against toxic chemicals. The antioxidants in black tea are different from those found in vegetables and fruits. Adding polyphenols as part of the daily intake provides added protection to the body, resulting in a healthier lifestyle. Studies also suggest that the antioxidants in black tea may help prevent certain types of cancer. It is suggested that women who regularly consume black tea have lower risk of ovarian cancer than their non-tea drinking counterparts.
- Improved immune system – Black tea contains alkylamine antigens that boost the body’s immune response. It also contains tannins that fight viruses and keep the body protected from influenza, stomach flu, and other commonly found viruses in the everyday life.
- Oral health – Studies suggest that drinking black tea reduces the formation of plaque and minimizes the formation of cavities and tooth decay. The polyphenols in black tea are known to combat and suppress cavity-causing bacteria. It also deters the growth of bacterial enzymes that trigger the formation of the material that binds plaque to the teeth. Regular consumption of black tea is a key to maintaining oral health.
- Increased energy – Black tea contains low amounts of caffeine that can enhance blood flow to the brain without over-stimulation of the heart. The low caffeine level in black tea also stimulates the metabolic and respiratory systems, the heart and the kidneys without the ill effects of high caffeine content present in some beverages.
There are other beneficial effects of drinking black tea but the most important benefit drinking black tea can bring is the happiness factor. A perfect cup of tea makes you smile and prepares you to face the challenges of the day. Next time ask for your bubble tea drink to be made with black tea instead of green tea and enjoy the health benefits!