Hey, java lovers: Can you absolutely not function in the morning without your venti iced coffee? Or maybe you prefer your delicious caffeinated beverage à la Dunkin Donuts’ s’mores iced coffee for a true treat.
If you cannot imagine living life without the sweet, cold buzz of caffeine running through your veins, you likely never thought about swapping your daily cold brew for good ol’ iced tea. But hear us out: There are tons of benefits to switching to iced tea altogether, and we’re here to give you the scoop.
HelloGiggles spoke with two nutrition experts and they spilled all the tea, both giving convincing arguments for saying bye bye to your beloved cold brew.
1All those antioxidants.
Kimberly Snyder, nutritionist and multi-time New York Times best-selling author of the Beauty Detox book series and Radical Beauty agrees, recommending iced teas that come sans caffeine or with it, depending on your preference. “I recommend switching to iced herbal teas or caffeine-free rooibos tea because they add great flavor, contain antioxidants, such as aspalathin and nothofagin, and don’t have the caffeine of iced green or black tea…But iced green teas of course have lot of antioxidants as well if you do want some caffeine.”
2There are tons of other health benefits, too.
He adds, “Tea is also known to improve brain health. Multiple studies of older adults who drink at green tea (>2 cups per day) demonstrate a reduced risk for age related declines in memory. People who drink tea regularly are also noted to have higher bone density levels…Tea drinkers also may enjoy the benefits of anti-aging since research demonstrates that the cells of regular tea drinkers have a younger biological age compared with those who do not drink tea.”
3Coffee can be harder on our bodies.
“Since coffee contains an acid-based oil, it irritates the lining of the stomach and promotes gastric acidity. This encourages our body to secrete adrenaline, which then stimulates insulin secretion, and this can fuel hypoglycemia…The bottom line for us can be craving for sweets a few hours later, having crazy dips in energy, and moodiness.
4You’ll be cutting down your caffeine intake.
Snyder notes that at first, your body will need time to adjust to lower levels of caffeine on the regular, but there are numerous health benefits to enjoying less caffeine, and you’ll likely end up sleeping better, suffering from fewer headaches, and even having more energy (really!). All in all, it’s a win-win for your brain and body.
5There are TONS of flavors.
Of course, your iced beverage of choice truly depends on your own dietary needs and what tastes best to you, but we’d say these experts have given us plenty of solid reasons to steep instead of brew. There are so many options out there, why not try them all? We’ll drink to that!