5 Types of Tea That May Help With Weight Lo

If you drink tea, you're undoubtedly well aware of its health benefits. "Tea has medicinal properties and is the world's second-most consumed beverage," explains Vicki Shanta Retelny, an RDN based in Chicago.

But does tea help you lose weight? The proof for tea's weight-loss benefits has not always been obvious.If you drink a lot of high-calorie beverages, switching to tea may help you lose weight. 

For example, switching from a sugar-laden mocha to a zero-calorie tea at the coffee shop can easily save you a few hundred calories, according to Sarah Koszyk, RDN, the San Francisco-based author of 365 Snacks for Every Day of the Year.

Most conversations regarding tea and weight loss begin with green tea, and for good reason. This mild, bittersweet tea has the greatest data to support its potential weight loss effects.

Green Tea

According to one source, black tea leaves are allowed to oxidize — that is, absorb the surrounding air — for longer than other teas after harvesting. This increases the flavor, making black tea one of the most potent options on the market.

Black Tea

This slightly oxidized tea is a popular choice due to its stronger flavor than green tea but softer than black tea.

Oolong Tea

According to a review, white tea is the least processed of all teas, which explains its light, delicate flavor. Because of its limited processing, white tea retains a high concentration of anti-inflammatory antioxidants and fat-burning EGCG, making it another potentially effective brew for weight loss.

White Tea

This sour, acidic tea made from hibiscus leaves contains catechins such as EGCG and has been demonstrated to decrease blood pressure and cholesterol, according to Retelny. 

Hibiscus Tea

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