The Tazo tea brand, owned by the Starbucks coffee company, can be found in grocery stores as well as in prepared drinks sold by Starbucks. If you're a current fan of Tazo products, or are thinking of adding them to your go-to drinks menu, knowing the teas' potential health benefits may help you make an educated decision on just how much Tazo tea to incorporate into your daily tea ritual.
Green tea, both plain and infused with different flavors, comprises one of Tazo's three major tea product lines. The company calls its leaves "rare," and reports that they're derived from plants found in the Himalayas, as well as Kenya and Sri Lanka. Green tea presents several potential health benefits. For example, it is rich in potent compounds that may help to reduce the risk of various cancers, including skin cancer. Drinking green tea may also help reduce your blood cholesterol levels, enhance weight loss and protect your skin from ultraviolet light-related damage.
Black teas make up another one of Tazo's three major product lines. Like the company's green teas, these black teas may be purchased on their own or infused with various herbs and spices, such as cinnamon. Black tea may help with several specific health conditions, including reducing the risk of heart attacks, protecting against kidney stones and reducing the risk of contracting Parkinson's disease.
Except for its herbal infusion product line, all of Tazo's teas contain caffeine. This includes its decaffeinated teas, as all decaffeinated beverages contain trace amounts of caffeine, even after undergoing decaffeination. For example, decaffeinated black tea can contain as much as 10 milligrams of caffeine on average. While caffeine content will vary from batch to batch, as well as depending on how the Tazo tea is prepared and steeped, the typical cup of green tea has up to 50 milligrams of caffeine in an 8-ounce serving, while black tea can have up to 72 milligrams. While caffeine in Tazo tea can present negative side effects, it also has its perks, including better mental focus, reduced migraines and lower blood pressure. Enhanced mental focus is a common reason for drinking both green tea and black tea.
Tazo's green and black teas act as natural sources of fluoride. In fact, the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University reports that tea's fluoride is just as good for preventing dental cavities as other kinds of administered fluoride, such as what your dentist prescribes. In general, an 8-ounce serving of green tea nets you 0.4 milligram of fluoride, while black tea holds 0.5 milligram on average.
- Starbucks: Discover the Many Tastes of Tazo
- Tazo: About Tazo Tea
- National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Green Tea; July 2010
- National Institutes of Health's MedlinePlus; Black Tea; June 2011
- Linus Pauling Institute; Tea; Jane Higdon and Victoria Drake; January 2008
- "Men's Fitness"; Caffeine; Lisa Freedman
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