What is Fruit Tea
Fruit tea, which is sometimes called fruit-infused tea, has an interesting background. In the first place, you are going to want to keep in mind that we are not actually talking about tea at all. Technically speaking, fruit tea is generally not considered to be an actual tea. This would be in the sense that green teas, white teas, black teas, and other teas are. The fact that we call fruit tea a tea at all is really just for the sake of convenience.
At the same time, there are fruit additions to be found in green teas and black teas. For the sake of simplicity, we are simply going to focus on the fruit teas that combine certain spices with certain ingredients and other vital ingredients. The benefits of drinking fruit tea have a long-standing reputation. Fruit tea is also very popular among tea fans for simply being tasty.
One of the first benefits comes down to how many different possibilities you have with fruit tea. However, there is much more to this subject that is worth discussing in greater detail.
The truth of the matter is that we don’t exactly for sure when fruit teas, also known as infusions, were first utilized. We do know the history of tea itself, which has been grown and used for approximately the past five thousand years. Drinking herbal tea for medicinal purposes is a practice that goes back around two thousand years. Somewhere in this long, fascinating history of growing, brewing, and drinking tea, it stands to reason we could find the first examples of fruit being used to make what we call a tea.
Yet remember that fruit tea is not technically a tea. It is an infusion. To put it another way, it is a combination of one or several (generally similar) fruits with herbs, spices, essential oils, and much more. Virtually every tea manufacturer of note working today offers a range of fruit teas, in addition to the green teas, black teas, and so forth. Some companies offer fruit teas that infuse fruits and other ingredients with green or black tea. However, many tea drinkers consider this to be a category unto itself or something that nonetheless shouldn’t be thought of as a type of fruit tea. In the end, it is up to you to decide.
Many argue that all fruit teas must meet this one qualification: They must be completely free of caffeine. Obviously, this would disqualify the green and black teas that are combined with fruits like lemon or strawberry. Again, this is a qualification that you can decide for yourself.
For the sake of simplicity, we are largely going to focus on infusions that do not contain caffeine.
Obviously, the ingredients of fruit tea will vary from one variant to the next. At the same time, the basic formula for a fruit tea is more or less the same, regardless of what you purchase. If you are buying fruit tea in teabag form, you will simply want to consider the fruits you like. If you opt to make your own fruit tea, which is easy enough to do, make sure you are choosing fruits that will work well together, as well as with the other ingredients you would like to feature in your brew.
Most of the fruit teas you are going to encounter will include the following, beyond being caffeine-free:
- Dried fruits
There are other similar ingredients that can be used, but the five listed above are almost certainly going to make up anything you purchase or wind up making yourself.
Because different fruit teas can use different ingredients, it also follows that the benefits of fruit tea can vary from one example to the next. This is true. However, there are also some fruit tea benefits that could be described as universal. Let’s take a closer look at this aspect.
It could be argued that the biggest benefit of fruit tea would be its taste. If you simply want a beverage that tastes good, does not include any caffeine and contains only as much sugar as can be found in the fruit itself (some add more sugar for taste, and we will touch on that shortly), you can purchase or make a tea that consists mostly, or even entirely, of the dried fruit.
At the same time, if you want to enhance your fruit tea with antioxidants, vitamins, and other helpful ingredients, there are a lot of different possibilities that you can explore.
We should also mention that fruit tea can be enjoyed hot or cold. Both are very popular with people all over the world. This versatility means it can be enjoyed and transported virtually anywhere. If the tea becomes cold, it will remain just as delicious and beneficial.
In terms of general benefits, fruit tea can benefit digestion. At the same time, it also comes with the impressive ability to provide your body with vitamins, antioxidants, and other useful elements that you need to feel healthy. Many like the fact that most fruit teas provide the drinker with a low-impact way to give themselves a small boost of energy during the day.
Depending on which type of fruit tea you are drinking, you can enjoy the following benefits:
- Better digestion
- Less bloating/fewer cramps
- Better joint health
- Better overall circulation and blood flew
- Deeper, more restful sleep
- Better overall mood
- Improved skin health
- The ability to fight fat and obesity
- The ability to fight various cancers and other conditions
- The potential to combat high blood pressure
These are just a handful of the benefits that can be found in connection with a fruit tea. As we mentioned before, the benefits you ultimately enjoy are going to come down to the specific type of tea fruit tea you have chosen to drink. By the same token, you can just as easily apply this thought to the subject of fruit tea side effects.
On that particular front, there are a few important facts to consider.
In broad terms, there really aren’t any side effects of fruit tea to keep in mind. At the very least, there aren’t any serious side effects. What you have is merely a few considerations that you will want to take to heart as you shop.
Minor stomach issues can occur with certain fruit teas, depending on how your body responds to either the fruits being used, the herbs and spices included, or both of those factors. You should pay close attention to such stomach issues. You should also make sure any specific tea you are thinking about isn’t going to have a negative reaction with any medications you might be taking.
Another significant factor that influences the experience you are going to have is where the tea is coming from. There are unfortunately companies that sell fruit teas or infusions that do not offer anything in the way of benefits. In fact, such products have been accused of being so cheaply made, the potent, popular flavor profile of most fruit teas is all but eradicated. It is a good idea then to carefully research any companies you come across if you would prefer to purchase and use your fruit tea in bag form.
If you opt to make the tea on your own, simply make sure to find and follow a reliable recipe to the letter.
Finally, too much sugar added to fruit tea can naturally be problematic, as well. It can ruin the flavor, as well as cancel out any of the benefits that you may be looking for. Obviously, consuming too much sugar can also lead to a variety of minor and serious health problems. Some would argue that because of the fruit, you don’t need to add sugar at all. It is still your own choice to make.
This is another area in which the answer varies from one fruit tea example to the next. If you are using tea bags, you will want to boil and add water. The tea should steep for anywhere between five to ten minutes. This will depend on the specific type of fruit tea you are brewing. In all likelihood, the teabags you purchase will have more specific directions.
The 5-10 minute steeping rule also applies to anything you are making on your own. Follow any recipe you are considering, and don’t be afraid to experiment with brewing times to suit your specific tastes. Make sure to stir to ensure the various components combine properly.
For the cold version of fruit tea, the directions once again vary. You will probably need to refrigerate immediately after the directions mentioned above.
While this subject should be researched further, your main takeaway should be the following: Fruit tea can have a lot to offer the body and mind. It also be enjoyed purely for its good taste. With so many different infusions available as recipes or in teabag form, fruit tea has a lot to offer those who want health benefits and fun flavor.