作者：沪江英语编译 2011-10-28 11:21
Green tea, which is made of unfermented tea leaves, is healthy because it contains high amounts of antioxidants that are called polyphenols, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Studies have shown that drinking three cups of green tea a day can decrease heart attack rate by 11 percent, and that it can also raise levels of "good" HDL cholesterol. Other research has linked drinking green tea with lower levels of bladder, breast and colorectal cancer.
Black tea -- which includes earl grey-- also has antioxidants that can protect the body from the effects of free radicals, Beauvais said. Unlike green tea leaves, black tea leaves are fermented or crushed.
Some people might think that green tea is actually healthier than black tea, but WebMD reported that both actually contain the same amount of antioxidant polyphenols.
BBC News also reported in 2006 that regularly drinking black tea could lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Beauvais added that tea itself has no calories, but when you start adding sugar, cream, that can easily ratchet up the calorie count.
Just like tea, coffee also contains cell-protective antioxidants, Beauvais said.
Coffee has been mostly shown to decrease the risk of certain cancers -- drinking six cups of coffee a day has been shown to slash prostate cancer risk and drinking five or more cups of coffee a day has been shown to reduce breast cancer risk. But other research suggests that drinking at least two cups of coffee a day can increase lung cancer risk.
Harvard University reported that caffeinated coffee also has protective effects against diabetes and gallstones.
We should put apple cider somewhere on the same level as fruit juices
"Cider is made from the whole fruit of the apple," Beauvais told HuffPost, so "there's vitamin C in the apples, there's even a little bit of iron, potassium, without putting anything in there."
Hot chocolate doesn't have to be the calorie bomb and nutritional nightmare as it's sometimes made out to be, Beauvais said. If you make it at home, using skim milk is a good way to cut fat and calories from the drink.
Chocolate compounds called polyphenols have also been shown in research to have some heart-healthy benefits.