Foodie Friday – Tea Time, Written by: Kayte Corrigan

It’s hard to imagine trying to get cozy and warm with this late summer heat, but fall is on my mind as I turn the calendar to another page. A cup of tea is perfect to curb that afternoon snacking-because-I’m-bored feeling. Teatime, the Brits were really onto something.

Green Tea - Green tea’s antioxidants may interfere with the growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers, at least in test tube studies. It also can prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, reduce risk of stroke.

Black Tea - Studies have shown that black tea may protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke. It also may reduce the risk of stroke. Black Tea is awarded with the most caffeine and includes theanine, which may seem to heighten mental alertness better than a cup of coffee.

White Tea – This tea could actually have more cancer fighting properties in its antioxidants than Green tea. Stay up to date on your tea-search to see what researchers find out.

Oolong Tea – The anti-aging drink. The US, Taiwan, and Japan conducted recent animal research to support this claim along with lower cholesterol levels.

Chamomile tea - Its antioxidants may help prevent complications from diabetes, like loss of vision and nerve and kidney damage.

Stock up on your favorite varietal in anticipation of the coming chill!