While some black tea drinking habits may already be well established in your daily life, here are some suggestions for new rituals to renew yourself. To the question "When to drink black tea?" We answer without hesitation: from morning to night! To make the most of all its health benefits!
Is there a best time to drink your cup of tea? Are the virtues of black tea different depending on the time of day? We tell you more!
Black tea in the morning, for a good start to the day
Black tea is (also) a friend of breakfast. Drinking black tea in the morning rehydrates the body after several hours of sleep. It can also be prepared without sugar, making it a healthy, natural drink. In addition, its intense, malty taste goes perfectly well with toast. Some of the stronger black teas can even be enjoyed by coffee lovers. The reason why we like to drink black tea in the morning is because of its stimulating effect. Thanks to the presence of theine, which is released into the body over a period of six hours, we feel a burst of energy, which boosts our ability to concentrate and memorise. Ideal to face a busy morning! The most popular black tea for breakfast? Definitely the aptly named English Breakfast!
Did you know that black tea has more theine than green or white tea? So it's perfect for breakfast or brunch to give you the energy you need for the day.
And you've probably heard the famous phrase "tea contains caffeine". This statement is both true and false... We explain!
Theine and caffeine are in fact derived from the same molecule but do not have the same effect on our body but both have the purpose of waking up the body. Caffeine is exciting and immediately available in the body, while theine is stimulating and spreads gradually over time. It is up to you to choose the desired effect!
Black tea at lunchtime, to digest lunch well
At lunchtime, as is the case in many countries of the world, black tea leaves can replace water and accompany savoury dishes. This is the case with Yunnan black tea, for example, which is known to go well with meats such as veal, chicken, duck breast or foie gras. But black tea can also be drunk after a meal, instead of coffee. Rich in tannins, which are powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, black tea leaves are said to promote good digestion. In the event of a heavy meal, this is one of the best things to do, and in the long term, it would reduce the occurrence of intestinal problems and digestive diseases. Are you convinced?
Black tea in the afternoon, tea-time style
Whether at work, between two meetings, or on a day off, with a proper tea break at home or in a café, black tea is a favourite in the afternoon. Earl Grey and Darjeeling teas in particular can be enjoyed with a splash of milk or a sweet treat, as the English do so well at tea time. In fine weather, you can opt for an iced black tea, perfect for a snack or to refresh yourself throughout the day. It's very simple to make, just prepare some black tea, sweeten it if necessary (with honey or sugar) and then cool it in a large carafe with ice cubes. Before adding, according to your taste, citrus fruits, peaches, apricots, red fruits, ginger, mint...
Black tea in the evening, light and decaffeinated
If not everyone is in favour of black tea in the evening, it is because of the presence of theine, which gives energy, which is welcome during the day, but which can prevent you from finding sleep. Except that the stimulation felt, the rate of absorption of theine, and the tolerance will be specific to each person. Thus, those sensitive to theine will only drink black tea at the beginning of the day. Others will continue to drink it, without feeling any discomfort when falling asleep, or just taking the precaution of preparing a lighter one. You can easily reduce the amount of theine in your cup by brewing your black tea bag once. The water is then discarded and a second infusion is made, which is much lighter in theine, while retaining the flavour of the black tea.
Infusions and herbal teas: another option for your evenings
Another alternative to vary the pleasures during your evenings: infusions, herbal teas and rooibos will also do very well. As they are caffeine-free drinks, they guarantee a restful and restorative sleep or deep relaxation.
The health benefits of black tea leaves
Black tea leaves have multiple benefits, starting with their stimulating and non-exciting effect. Naturally rich in caffeine and tannins, black tea will provide you with the energy you need to get through the day without getting excited. By drinking a cup of tea, you avoid the well-known nervous spike from a cup of coffee. Secondly, black tea is said to be good for digestion and to promote elimination and drainage because of the antioxidants (polyphenols) it contains. Finally, these antioxidants play a very important role in the body as they help to fight against the development of certain diseases and the action of free radicals. Not bad, eh?
As you can see, black tea can be drunk at different times of the day. It's up to you to choose the one that suits you best, depending on the effect you are looking for and your tolerance to theine. In any case, a cup of black tea offers multiple benefits and virtues!
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