Rethink the drink
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has published Healthy Beverage Guidelines, proposed by a panel of nutritional experts, to help people choose healthy beverages as part of a balanced nutritional diet.
The new Healthy Beverage Guidelines recommend consuming up to 8 servings per day of tea. Tea contains zero calories, so it’s a great drink for keeping hydrated and healthy.
Healthy Beverage guidelines
To help consumers make healthy beverage choices, the panel ranked beverages into six levels based on caloric and nutrient content and related health benefits and risks.
Level I: Water (at least four servings of water for women, at least six servings for men)
Level II: Unsweetened coffee and tea (up to eight servings a day of tea, up to four servings of coffee)
Level III: Non-fat or low fat milk and fortified soy beverages (up to two servings)
Level IV: Diet beverages with sugar substitutes (up to four servings)
Level V: 100% fruit and vegetable juices, whole milk, sports drinks (up to one serving)
Level VI: Calorie rich beverages without nutrients (up to one serving*, less if trying to lose weight)
*Serving sizes are all 250ml
Healthy to a tea
Regular tea drinking as part of a healthy diet may help maintain a healthy heart. Numerous scientific studies in the US and Europe have been conducted to compare the heart health of regular tea drinkers with those who do not regularly drink tea.
The results suggest that drinking tea may help people maintain cardiovascular health as compared to those who don't drink tea but still have a healthy lifestyle.