The best way to prepare teas, according to nutritionists, is to make them directly with their natural herbs and leaves, using boiling water and not sweetened with sugar. Thus, the consumption of tea becomes a healthier habit, as teas that are freshly prepared have greater antioxidant activity, maintaining their natural properties.
Industrialized tea, whether bottled, canned or even sachet, according to research presented during the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, has an almost zero amount of antioxidants. Typically, the taste of polyphenols – antioxidants found in teas – is bitter, so tea makers choose to use more sugar and less of the tea itself. In addition, the tea bag is not only made from the herb leaves, it has an extremely lower amount than would be needed for the tea to be natural and healthier.
Natural tea X industrialized tea for slimming
Did you know that white tea, green tea and black tea, famous for their slimming action, are made from the same herb? Each of them, however, is made with a different way of processing the plant, as the way they are oxidized and treated defines the type of tea they will be.
The effects of natural teas on slimming
The known effects of teas are intensified when made with the leaves. Most of them have some action that helps with weight loss, as listed below:
- Green/white/black tea: made with the same herb, it has a thermogenic, intestinal stimulant, diuretic and antioxidant effect.
- Hibiscus: has a diuretic action, working to reduce fat, eliminate retained fluids, normalize blood sugar and help regulate the intestine.
- Carqueja: with diuretic and digestive action, it helps to control gas formation and eliminate fluid retention. It also helps to regulate the blood sugar level, preventing insulin spikes.
- Dandelion: has diuretic and digestive action, helping to eliminate fluid retention and improving gastrointestinal function.
- Espinheira santa: has detoxifying, diuretic and digestive action, helping to increase satiety and calm the stomach.
- Chamomile: has a calming, diuretic and digestive action, in addition to having an antispasmodic effect that helps control hunger due to the calming action that controls stomach contractions.
- Horsetail: combats retention due to its diuretic action. In addition, it controls hunger, as it has an antispasmodic effect. It also prevents, due to its remineralizing action, skin sagging resulting from weight loss.
- Plantain: helps control the glycemic index, has a diuretic, digestive and detoxifying action.
Before consuming any type of tea, natural or industrialized, be aware of its contraindications and consult a doctor, as some teas should be avoided by pregnant women, nursing mothers, children and patients who use continuous medications.