Enjoying a healthy beverage

May 2nd 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge
Enjoying a healthy beverage

As more and more of us look to enjoy a healthy beverage on our Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford patio it can be good to take stock of what’s on offer. Good Food columnist Tony Naylor believes booze-free beverages are a growth area in the food and drink industry. 

Health-conscious millennials are drinking booze less and less. When you think of good-for-you beverages, water immediately comes to mind, but there are others worth adding to your diet Supermarket forecasters too are saying that Premium tonic waters with interesting flavours and non-alcoholic spirits with botanical mixes are flooding in to fill a gap in the market. So you could stock up on fruity cordials and booze-free drinks to come up with your own new mocktail.

If you are a fan of tea you will be spoilt for choice as tea is becoming even more popular in the UK than before. But says Naylor sales of herbal and green tea, in particular, are on the rise for home consumption. 

Although some say that the small number of tea ‘bars’ that have begun to pop up on the high street may also start to proliferate in Chigwell, Loughton and Woodford. More and more people are beginning to think of tea with the same reverence as coffee for its many varieties.

Green tea also has some real health benefits it contains a rich concentration of flavonoids and polyphenols, natural antioxidants that may protect cells from carcinogens (cancer-causing substances) and inhibit tumour growth by helping to neutralize free radicals in the body. The tea's antioxidants may also guard against heart disease by relaxing blood vessels, inhibiting the formation of blood clots that trigger heart attacks and strokes. Green tea also contains fluoride, which strengthens teeth; the flavonoids may build up bones as well, reducing the risk of osteoporosis and tooth decay.

So how about enjoying a cupper or a mocktail a bit more this summer, before you reach for a beer on your Loughton, Woodford or Chigwell patio.