Why I Drink Rooibos and Why You Should Too
I love Rooibos tea. It tastes so good that I drink it without milk or sugar, it's caffeine free, it's loaded with antioxidants and it even helps fight cancers. I couldn't believe it when I found a caffeine free tea that was so healthy and yet tasted so good, I thought that there had to be some catch. There isn't, and that's why Rooibos tea is starting to very become popular in western world.
I initially discovered Rooibos after I discovered that caffeine (especially in coffee and black tea) made me ill. I tried many green teas and eventually Rooibos. Although I don't mind green teas Rooibos was far tastier.
What is Rooibos Tea?
Rooibos is Afrikaans for "Red Bush" and it is a member of the legume family found growing only in South Africa. The leaves are picked and then oxidized giving them their distinctive red color and enhancing their sweet flavour. The Rooibos plant is used to make a herbal tea that is caffeine free and sweet due to naturally occurring flavonoids.
Rooibos can be drunk as a normal tea with or without milk and sugar due to it's natural sweetness. It can also be concentrated and drunk as a Rooibos espresso - albeit a caffeine free alternative to normal espresso.
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Rooibos tea is naturally sweet and has a slight caramel taste to it. In Africa it is often drunk with milk and sugar but many people outside of Africa drink it just as water. Honey can also be added to it for a more decadent treat.
My favourite part about Rooibos tea is that you can leave the tea bag in for a long time, even overnight, and it will not turn bitter like black and green teas do. This makes it perfect for just letting it sit in the fridge overnight for some delicious iced tea the next day.
Health Benefits of Rooibos Tea
Rooibos makes an excellent tea for dieting as it is so tasty without milk and sugar. It has zero sugar in it as all of its sweetness comes from natural occurring flavonoids and since it has no caffeine you can drink it all day and still sleep fine at night.
Rooibos is very high in antioxidants and low in the tannins typically found in black teas. Antioxidants help prevent many diseases and tannins make it harder for the body to digest nutrients. In addition to this Rooibos is said to alleviate nervous conditions, allergies and digestive disorders.
Two of the flavonoids found in Rooibos have also been found to assist in fighting some cancers. In fact, no negative effects of consuming Rooibos tea have ever been documented.
The Best Health Tea Available
If you are looking for a tea you can consume that wont keep you awake at night, needs no sugar and has a myriad of other health benefits then you should consider buying some Rooibos tea. It can be purchased as both a loose-leaf and as tea bags making it perfect for pots, mugs or my personal favourite way to drink - tea brewing glasses like these ones pictured to the right.
What is your favourite tea? Please leave a comment below!