Although hot tea is the best way to absorb tea’s nutrients, it’s not at the top of the beverage list during the high temperatures of summer months. But rest assured, iced tea still has great health benefits—and it’s the perfect refreshment to help cool you down.
Here’s are some of the many reasons to reach for a tall glass of iced tea when warm weather strikes..
It Tastes Good and It’s Good For You!
Iced tea has an abundance of health benefits. It’s chock-full of antioxidants, Vitamin C, manganese, fluoride, flavonoids, and other nutrients. Manganese is great for supporting your metabolism and strengthening your bones while fluoride helps fight tooth decay and whiten teeth. Flavonoids battle chronic diseases such as heart disease. Iced tea helps your body get rid of free radicals, has no sodium, and has less caffeine than coffee or soda. Free radicals have been linked to cancer, so anything that flushes them out of your system is beneficial.
Sugar and Sweetener Alternatives
When drinking unsweetened tea, you consume few to zero calories. However, a little natural sweetener helps satisfy the sweet tooth while avoiding artificial cane sugar that contains harmful chemicals like Aspartame and Sucralose. Great tasting, natural alternatives are stevia, honey, or organic maple syrup. Stevia has zero calories, is sweeter than sugar, and won’t raise your blood sugar.
Spice Up Your Iced Tea
Garnishing your iced tea with a variety of fruits and herbs naturally enhances flavor with the added benefit of upping presentation for summertime barbecue guests
One wedge of fresh fruit such as lemon or orange, or a slice of each, can add a citrusy zest to your iced tea. Frozen fruit or frozen fruit juice ice cubes can also be used in place of traditional ice for a less diluted flavor. Spices like nutmeg, ginger or cinnamon go well with most hot teas while herbs go better with iced. Lavender, sage, lemongrass, mint and basil are excellent choices to add to green and black tea.