Nutrition and workout recovery best from tea, coffee, milk

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Sports drinks and enhanced waters can't replace tea, coffee and low-fat milk for nutrition and workout recovery, say experts

Though the drinks have become popular, the antioxidants in tea, polyphenols in coffee and protein and vitamin D in milk offer benefits for health and nutrition and workout recovery, backed by evidence, according to experts from the Institute of Food Technology.

The benefit of drinking tea is comparable to eating fruits and vegetables. The antioxidants protect the body from oxidative stress that can lead to chronic health problems like atherosclerosis, diabetes, dementia, and cancer. The medicinal properties of tea have been recognized for centuries and recently highlighted in multiple studies. Tea can also boost immunity and aid weight loss for physically active individuals in addition to lowering "bad" LDL cholesterol.

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Coffee is known to enhance physical performance, curb the chances of Alzheimer's disease and has more antioxidants than green or black tea. According to "Food Technology Magazine", "Coffee also appears to have a positive effect on neurological diseases with coffee consumption possibly reducing the risk of both Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease."

Low fat milk or chocolate milk contains protein, calcium, and vitamin D to build bones and muscle mass. The IFT says, "Other research indicates that when consumed after resistance training, both unflavored and chocolate-flavored versions of reduced-fat milk, improve muscle development, enhance strength, and increase fat loss."

Focusing on healthy and nutritional beverages like tea, coffee and low-fat milk, rather than sports drinks and enhanced waters, offers more health benefits and nutrition, shown by a growing body of evidence.

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