Rooibos Tea: Elixir of Life?
Updated: Nov 15, 2020
We live in, what many call, an obesogenic world. Most foods and beverages are saturated with sugars that wreak havoc on our health. Consider the non-alcoholic drinks on offer at most shops and restaurants. We choose from carbonated soft drinks, milkshakes, fruit juices, iced teas and more such drinks – some of which pack up to 35g of sugar per serving – that’s the same as seven of the small sachets of sugar. Some people turn to sugar-free drinks for health and to prevent weight gain, but these often contain harmful non-nutritive sweeteners.
Real-T; a refreshing iced tea is not only sugar-free (sweetened with Erythritol) but also made from a naturally caffeine-free, Rooibos tea. Thus Real-T is packed with antioxidants and other health benefits bringing you the great taste of regular iced-tea but without the harmful side-effects of sugar or caffeine.
Rooibos Tea: Elixir of Life?
Rooibos tea grows in the Fynbos biome and predominantly in South Africa. Studies show that drinking rooibos tea benefits asthma, skin conditions such as eczema, insomnia, bone weakness or hypertension, and more. The United States Department of Agriculture has confirmed many of the health benefits of Rooibos tea – including its ability to reduce the risk of various types of cancer, heart disease and premature aging.
Rooibos also contains many minerals, such as iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc, fluoride and magnesium. These minerals promote healthy bones and teeth. As a result, drinking rooibos tea may help prevent common health conditions including joint pain, osteoporosis and arthritis. Calcium and manganese promote healthy bones and teeth. Fluoride helps us to maintain healthy teeth. And, Rooibos has approximately 50 times more antioxidants than green tea. Rooibos tea also contains the rare antioxidant aspalathin, which helps to balance blood sugar and improve insulin resistance in the body. These effects may help prevent Type II Diabetes by preventing spikes in blood sugar.
Erythritol vs Sugar
Most of the iced teas product on the market are loaded with sugar. Low-sugar alternatives may lack flavour. Our intensive research process resulted in our selection of low-calorie sweetener, Erythritol. Erythritol belongs to a class of compounds called sugar alcohols. Of course, Erythritol contains no alcohol. Humans don’t have digestive enzymes that can break down erythritol. So, it passes through the system and is excreted without causing any of the harmful side-effects of sugar – or the gut discomfort associated with other sugar alcohols.
In fact, a study of healthy people who consumed erythritol, saw no change in blood sugar or insulin levels. There was also no effect on cholesterol, triglycerides or other biomarkers. Erythritol therefore appears an excellent alternative to sugar for everyone – and especially people who are overweight, have diabetes or conditions related to metabolic syndrome.
Here’s a comparison of calories per gram in sugar and erythritol:
Table sugar – 4 calories per gram.
Erythritol – 0.24 calories per gram – almost no calories
While offering 6% of the calories in sugar, Erythritol still has 70% of sugar’s sweetness.
At Real-T, we believe in offering the benefits of Real Tea for a healthier iced tea alternative.
At Real-T, your health is our business.