The popular beverage has many benefits: Is it OK for the Kaufmann Diet?
For people in the south, sweet tea is a staple. Obviously, this sugar-laden beverage is out of the question on the Kaufmann Diets, as are most other beverages, such as soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, and alcoholic beverages.
But what about those people who enjoy tea without the addition of copious amounts of sugar?
Tea has been consumed for millennia, and it is well known that certain types of tea confer numerous health benefits. Among those are teas like green tea, which is rich in antioxidants like EGCG, and white teas.
Not all tea, however, is created equal, necessarily.
Where Does Tea Come From?
For all the varieties of tea, including white tea, green tea, black tea, oolong tea, etc., all teas come from the same plant––Camellia sinensis.
How the tea is prepared following it’s harvest is what distinguishes the flavor, color and variety of different teas; that can also provide some insight into whether or not certain teas are a good choice on the Kaufmann Diets.
Following harvest, all tea leaves are allowed to dry. Following this step, however black tea, is allowed to oxidize, which creates its distinct dark color and flavor. Green teas and white teas, however, do not go through the oxidation process. Oolong tea is allowed to go through some of the oxidation process, but not to the extent that black tea is allowed to go through.
While on the Kaufmann Diets, it is best to opt for teas that have not been through the oxidation process, like green and white teas; these teas are less prone to fungal contamination.
Like coffee, tea is discouraged on Kaufmann 1, despite having some health benefits. The reason for this is that, like coffee, tea contains caffeine and is somewhat addictive.
Part of the role of the Kaufmann Diets is to break addictions to certain foods. Many people feel like they cannot make it a day without drinking tea, even if they do not add any sweeteners. Largely, this is likely due to the caffeine content.
While on Kaufmann 1, it is prudent to avoid all forms of tea. As you graduate to Kaufmann 2, incorporating teas like green tea and white tea is permitted. Black tea should likely be enjoyed very moderately.
Herbal Teas and The Kaufmann Diet
Herbal teas are different from regular tea in that they are typically infused with herbs, seeds, and flowers; many of these herbals teas have anti fungal nutrients that are an excellent choice for the Kaufmann Diet. Certain teas, like rooibos and other purely herbal teas are permitted on Kaufmann 1; herbal teas typically do not contain caffeine.
Like all food choices, reading ingredients lists is important. Be sure to look for varieties that contain no added sugar or sweeteners. Organic varieties are best when possible.