Tea is the most drunk beverage in the world after water. Tea really refers to the decoction made from the Camellia sinensis plant. Tea can be black or green depending on how it is fermented. Tea is a healthy drink because evidence shows that it is able to protect the consumer for a number of lifestyle diseases including cardiovascular disease and cancer. Fruit tea is not made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, but instead is a decoction from various dried fruits. Fruit tea may also have health effects similar to those of regular tea, and this may relate to the high amounts of antioxidants it contains. Fruits are particularly high in flavonoids, and these flavonoids are transferred into the water when tea is made from the fruit. Drinking fruit tea therefore provides a high number of antioxidant flavonoids that may be protective of disease, but with none of the sugar associated with eating fruit. As fruit tea contains no caffeine, it can be drunk freely, including before bed when caffeine may have negative effects.
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