New year, new you- it’s a slogan we see on the cover of numerous magazines at this time of year and while most of us don’t overhaul our life quite as radically as becoming a whole new person, we do think about changes that can be made to improve our life and one of the areas that is common to many new year resolutions is health and healthier living.
Replacing your daily cup of tea or coffee with a healthier drink seems like quite a simple step to take in the attempt to improve one’s health. Two of the much touted healthy hot drink options are green tea and rooibos tea. Both are high in antioxidants which are known for their cancer and disease fighting properties making them an appealing healthy option.
The key difference between rooibos and green tea is that rooibos is naturally caffeine-free whereas green tea contains caffeine.
Rooibos (or red bush) tea is brewed from the leaves of the rooibos plant that grows in the Western Cape, South Africa, it is often classed as a herbal tea although many people in South Africa drink it with milk and sugar in the same way many of us drink black tea. Green tea is made from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant, the same plant that black teas are made from, explaining why green tea is caffeinated.
Here at Mama Tea we maybe biased as we sell rooibos tea, our lovely glowing mama, but if you’re looking for a healthy alternative to your usual cup of tea or coffee we would definitely recommend rooibos over green tea as you get all the benefits of the antioxidants but none of the negatives of caffeine.