Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Posted from Isabel De Los Rios, Nutritionist


More About The 
Benefits of Tea

I was so happy to hear from tons of
readers that they love tea and are 
really happy that it can be a 
delicious part of a healthy and
 fat burning eating plan.

Today, I’ve got a few more 
delicious teas to discuss, 
but if you missed the previous
 newsletter, you can read it here:

Can drinking Tea really accelerate your Fat Loss – here are the facts.


A lot of people wrote in and
 were thrilled to hear that
 green tea and Wu-long tea had
 wonderful fat burning properties,
 but what about white tea and
 rooibos tea?

White Tea

As with all the other teas we’ve
 already discussed, white tea also
 comes from the Camellia sinensis
 plant, as almost all teas do. The 
main difference between white tea
 and the other teas is that the white
 tea leaves are picked and harvested
 at a younger age than the other tea
 leaves. Whereas black tea is fully
 fermented and green tea is partly
 fermented, white tea is not fermented
 at all, helping it to retain more of its
 beneficial antioxidants.

Some studies have shown that
 because of this “no fermentation”,
 white tea has a concentration of 
antioxidants that is 3 x’s higher than
 green tea, making it an incredibly
 healthy choice for drinking as part
 of any healthy eating plan. Not only
 that, it is a wise choice for those
 who are sensitive to caffeine. It only
 contains 15 mg of caffeine per cup, 
much lower than the 20-30 mg you
 get from green tea, and 40-60 mg 
you get from black tea.

But what about fat loss? Does it
 contain the same fat burning 
properties as green tea and wu-long tea?

White tea has been shown to
 promote fat burning in the body
 by preventing cells from storing
 body fat. White tea’s caffeine
 content also does help to stimulate 
the metabolism (without causing 
any jitters). But I will reiterate that
 white tea’s greatest claim to fame
 is still its extremely high antioxidant
content, making its fat burning
 properties secondary and not as
 powerful as the fat burning properties
 found in Wu-long tea 
(Isabel’s favorite brand of Wu-Long tea).

Rooibos Tea

Rooibos tea (pronounced “roy-boss)
 is a perfect choice for those looking
 for NO caffeine at all. Rooibos, also
 known as “red bush”, does not come
 from the Camellia sinensis tea plant
 as all the other previously mentioned
 teas do. Instead, it comes from the
 Aspalathus linearis plant which is 
native only to South Africa.

Rooibos tea has been found to contain 
some incredible health benefits without
 ANY caffeine. It has been shown to
 boost the immune system, treat hay
fever, asthma and eczema, relieve 
stomach cramps and colic in infants
 and greatly help those individuals
 who suffer from heartburn.

As with white tea, including a cup or
 two of rooibos tea into your healthy
 eating plan will bring you some
 incredible benefits, but it is not
 widely known or used for fat 
burning and weight loss. So enjoy 
your rooibos tea for its immune
 boosting properties, not for
 accelerating fat burning.

Oh, and did I mention it also
happens to be awesomely delicious?

I highly encourage you to experiment
 and try all the varieties of teas we’ve
covered and find which one suits you
 best. A little raw honey, stevia or 
xylitol added to sweeten your tea
 will help make it a healthy alternative
 to any sugar filled drinks or those
 calorie laden “fancy coffee drinks” that
 so many people are currently addicted
 to (and spending WAY TOO much
 money on every day).

Stay tuned for 1 more “tea” newsletter
 where I’ll thoroughly review the
 digestive benefits and digestive
 challenges that you may experience
 from drinking tea.

Until then, happy tea drinking!

In health and happiness,
Isabel De Los Rios
Isabel De Los Rios
Certified Nutritionist
Certified Exercise Specialist




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