Tea good for you

2015-11-18 06:00

RESEARCH confirms that rooibos tea is the ideal way to help you slim down.

By swapping just one cup of coffee for a cup of rooibos tea every day, you could lose as much as 1 kg every month.

Most of us load our coffee with sugary syrups, honey, whipped cream or milk and sugar which can add calories per cup.

If one considers that the average South African knocks back about four cups of coffee a day, drinking rooibos instead could lead to up to 14 kg shed in a year.

Ernest du Toit, spokesperson for the South African Rooibos Council, said the indigenous tea offers dieters a healthy, enjoyable and sustainable way to lose weight.

“Rooibos tea contains no fat or carbohydrates and its weight-loss properties further extend to inhibiting fat-storage hormones within the body.

“Rooibos’s unique bioflavonoid, Aspalathin, helps to reduce stress hormones that trigger hunger and fat storage, typically associated with high blood pressure, heart disease, metabolic ­syndrome, insulin re­sistance and type 2 diabetes.

“In a nutshell, rooibos tea can prevent the body from storing and even forming new fat cells.

“Rooibos tea is also caffeine-free and naturally sweet so there is no need to add extra sugar.”

Visit the website of the South African Rooibos Council at www.sarooibos.org.za.

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