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After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world and lately, it is being praised for its many health benefits. June is National Iced Tea Month so, while we enjoy sipping iced tea this summer we can get healthy and may even lose weight. Tea is abundant in antioxidants and flavonoids that boost the immune system, which may: Reduce cell damage Reduce blood pressure Reduce blood sugar Reduce aging of cells, including skin Reduce cholesterol Reduce cancer Reduce arthritis Prevent tooth decay Aid weight loss. The Ultimate Tea Diet promotes drinking as least 4 to 6 cups of tea each day along with regular exercise and a healthy diet. It provides 14 days of menus, including recipes using tea as an ingredient. Dieters are encouraged to drink a tea that will curb food cravings: instead of eating apple pie, drink apple pie tea or drink tiramisu tea instead of eating tiramisu. This saves calories and at the same time encourages the body to burn calories. Dr. Tea owns a tea shop in southern California and has developed over 100 different tea blends that taste like many of the foods we eat and crave.  
 
To help celebrate National Tea Month and all the benefits of drinking tea, I was provided some samples of Sweet Leaf Tea as well as Tradewinds Tea to try out for myself. Let`s start with the Sweat Leaf Tea. I was sent 2 different flavors: Vanilla and original sweet tea. Both of these teas are a coffee tea blend; something that is totally different than I`ve ever tried before. I love tea and I love coffee - combine the two and YUM!  This sweet pick-me-up uses the organic black tea leaves and pure cane sugar you already love and adds organic coffee for good measure. Oh, and did we mention that it`s USDA Organic, too?  As delicious as it is, it only uses 50 grams of calories per serving, 12 grams of sugar per serving, and 26mg of caffeine per serving! Not too bad for such a delicious tea! I`m in love and it`s so different! Can we get some more coffee tea flavors please?!
 
Next up I tried the Tradewind brand teas. Again - YUMMY!  I was sent both sweet and unsweet flavors in this brand. Once again I was very impressed. I prefer the sweet tea though as I`m a sweet tea drinker. Tea just tastes "naked" without any sugar if you ask me. The unsweet tea is 0 calories and the sweet tea is only 70 calories per serving; not bad! As far as the flavor goes it tastes just like freshly brewed homemade tea. It doesn`t have that typical "bottled tea" flavor in my opinion. I am in love and didn`t expect such a high-quality tea from in a bottle, but once again there`s a brand to prove me wrong!  
 
All in all, I`m excited to celebrate National Tea Month. I love tea of a variety of flavors and brands, store-bought and homemade. How do you plan to celebrate National Tea Month? Have yummy tea recipe to share with me maybe?