Drink to your health: experts begin to recognize tea’s benefits

By Jessica Whitney

The Tower (Grosse Pointe, Michigan)

Tea is a great option for a healthy drink and one of the best sellers at Peet’s Coffee & Tea, shift leader Denise Schoof said.

In fact, Schoof said many people drink tea with caffeine as a replacement for coffee or tea without caffeine to help calm them down.

And different teas have different benefits, Morn­ing Glory Assistant Manager Amanda Jason said.

She said herbal teas are more relaxing, whereas green teas are good for boosting metabolism. Most teas are high in antioxidants, which are good for the heart.

“Tea is natural caffeine so it’s not real sugary or bad for you,” Jason said. “It is better for your im­mune system and your health overall, depend­ing on the flavor of tea that you get.”

Morning Glory offers a variety of teas such as iced, chai, herbal, green and black tea.

Peet’s offers these teas as well, but also sells white, oolong and pu-erh teas.

Christina Platt ’16 traveled to England last year and drank a lot of tea during her visit, she said.

She said her favorite tea is chai, but she also enjoys Earl Grey tea.

“I feel more in touch with nature when I drink tea, and I feel more calm,” Platt said. “On Wednesdays and Fridays I always drink Earl Grey at my church.”

And Jason said she would recom­mend tea over coffee for the natural caf­feine. On the other hand,

Schoof agrees that tea may be better for the body, but does not prefer it over coffee.

Schoof said, ‘‘I feel like tea is a good alternative to coffee. I wouldn’t recommend it over coffee, but it does tend to be a little easier on the stomach or more of a relaxing drink.”­­­

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