Black Tea: Information, Nutrition, Health Benefits, and Risks


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Black tea is a tea that has undergone oxidation, leaving black leaves behind after the process is complete. Its full name is black tea or red tea depending on where it was grown and how it was processed.

The black teas come from the Camellia Sinensis plant family. The black teas are the most popular of all teas. Some black tea brands you can find are black Pu-erh, black Ceylon, and black Darjeeling.

Nutrition

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Flavonoids (including catechins) account for 15% of black tea’s dry weight; Proanthocyanidins 10%, giving black tea more antioxidants than any other kind of tea except white tea. Black tea is high in fluoride which can help strengthen your teeth’s enamel against acid wear, along with preventing tooth decay. This is because some foods that contain acids like citrus fruit or tomatoes will leave a sour taste in your mouth after ingesting them, but black tea leaves leave a sweet taste behind due to the highly soluble fluoride content.

History

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Black tea was well known in China and became a part of daily life in Japan and Korea in the 1800s and then spread throughout Europe, India, and America.

Health Benefits

Black tea can help prevent heart disease by keeping arterial plaque from building up due to LDL (bad) cholesterol oxidation, especially when black tea is consumed along with foods like nuts (almonds), dark chocolate, or red wine which contain anti-oxidative compounds themselves; also black teas’ high caffeine content can reduce blood pressure.

Caffeine Effects

There is about 45 mg of caffeine per 8oz cup of black tea. Though black tea does not contain the highest level of caffeine, black tea leaves are harder to break down than green tea leaves which requires more time to do so.

Black tea contains approximately half the amount of caffeine as coffee, but black tea has lower levels of tannin and other nutrients compared to coffee or black tea. It also contains compounds that prevent the formation of melanin.

Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant which can be used therapeutically for an energy boost before strenuous activities like exercise, but it should not be overused because overconsumption can cause anxiety along with dehydration. Black teas’ high caffeine content also helps reduce blood pressure by widening blood vessels thus allowing more for blood to flow through during stressful situations.

Risks

Black teas’ black leaves contain higher levels of fluoride than green tea or white tea, which can cause stages of hypothyroidism if the black tea is consumed on an everyday basis. Black tea has been known to have carcinogens in it though black tea is still being tested for this claim.

Conclusion

Black Tea contains caffeine and black leaves that are used to make black tea that can help prevent diseases like heart disease due to antioxidants found in black teas that prevents LDL (bad) cholesterol oxidation along with causing arterial plaque build up, but black teas also contain fluoride which can be dangerous if overconsumed by causing thyroid gland problems or cancerous cells in the body.

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