What you should know about drinking tea

Fitness column
By: Kacie Bryant, Special to The News Messenger
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Health benefits of tea can range from anti-aging to cancer prevention. • Because of the high content of antioxidants, tea may help reduce the risk of lung, skin and colon cancer. As a rule, white teas that have the least amount of processing contain more antioxidants and have less caffeine. • Tea is calorie free if you don’t add sugar or milk. • Teas blended with fruits such as dried peach, strawberries and blueberries add extra vitamins. • Tea contains polyphenols that help inhibit the absorption of cholesterol. • Oolong tea helps burn fat already stored in your body so it is a good morning drink. The caffeine in darker tea helps suppress hunger. Black teas can help increase metabolism. • Brewing longer than the recommended time will cause a bitter taste. Add more tea for a stronger taste instead of brewing a longer time. • When making iced tea, double the amount of tea used. Loose tea is better than tea bags. Kacie Bryant is a trainer at Guiding Fitness.