With winter around the corner, a steaming cup of rooibos tea will be great for warming up or soothing a sore throat. But, that’s not all it will be doing. Studies show that this tea can help with just about everything, from nagging headaches and insomnia, to bone weakness and hypertension. And now, according to new research, it can help you reach your weight loss goals too. Here’s how…
How rooibos tea aids weight loss
“Rooibos tea doesn’t contain fat or carbohydrates and its weight-loss properties extend to inhibiting fat-storage hormones within the body. In fact, rooibos’s unique Bioflavonoid, Aspalathin, can help to reduce stress hormones that trigger hunger and fat storage that’s associated with Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, heart disease and insulin resistance. In a nutshell, rooibos tea can prevent the body from storing and even forming new fat cells.” Ernest du Toit, the SA Rooibos Council’s spokesperson, told Health24.
“Rooibos tea is not only caffeine-free but naturally sweet so there’s no need to add extra sugar. Plus, you can get it in a variety of flavours like berry, cinnamon, mint and citrus. Furthermore, it’s 100% natural with no additives, no preservatives and no chemicals,” Ernest du Toit added.
Why you should replace your coffee with rooibos tea
If you enjoy your coffee with syrups or sugar, milk and cream, then you’re loading your body with anything from 35 to more than 250 calories per cup. In fact, the average South African drinks about four cups of coffee a day. Imagine how easy it is for these calories to quickly add up. On the other hand, if you drink rooibos tea instead of coffee, you can drastically cut calories. According to research, you could realistically lose between 7 kg and 14 kg in one year! Imagine that… dropping up to 14 kg by simply swapping out coffee for rooibos.
How much rooibos tea should you drink?
Experts say, you should drink up to six cups a day (hot or cold), along with a healthy, balanced diet. But more is even better. Here’s how I like to brew mine.
Firstly, don’t stock up to save on rooibos so that you always have it fresh. Also, try to keep it in a sealed and opaque container. This not only keeps it protected well from light and smell but also helps it retain its flavor and quality.
Bring your water up to boiling point, before steeping your tea. Then, steep your tea for at least 5 minutes to ensure the best flavor. Enjoy!