Adding Lemon juice can make tea healthier and tastier to drink. Black tea is a calorie-free beverage that contains caffeine and can help lower the risk of stroke and heart disease. These benefits may come from tea's theaflavin antioxidants, which can also help reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer.
Lemons are a rich source of vitamin C -- 1 cup of lemon juice provides more than the daily recommended dose. The ascorbic acid in vitamin C acts as an antioxidant that helps fight free radicals, which can cause heart disease and diabetes. Lemons are also a good source of minerals and vitamins, including folate, potassium, magnesium and thiamine. Adding it to black tea doesn’t inhibit its nutritional effects, which makes the combination ideal for consumption.
Of course we don’t expect you to add a cup of lemon juice to your cup of tea. But, adding enough lemon juice to suit your taste is a good idea.
Add Lemon, Not Milk
Common additions to tea such as milk can block the potential health benefits of its antioxidants. A recent German study, published in a 2007 issue of the "European Heart Journal," determined that the caseins found in milk reduced the effects of the antioxidants in the tea. Milk binds with the antioxidants found in black tea, which prevents them from being absorbed, explains MedlinePlus. However, not all studies confirm milk inhibits black tea's antioxidants, and more research will be required. Lemon makes milk curdle, which helps you avoid adding milk to your tea. Without milk, lemon seems to maximize the health benefits of drinking black tea.
Adding sugar or whipped cream turns calorie-free black tea into a high-calorie beverage. Lemon's naturally occurring sugars make it a suitable replacement to artificial sweeteners without the high increase in calories. Lemon also improves the taste due to its natural sugar content and citrus flavor. Replacing sugar and other fattening foods with lemons helps you reduce your calorie intake.
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