When it comes to healthy teas, the green kind usually gets all the love, leaving black tea neglected and sad (we assume).
Well, thanks to a new study at UCLA, the darker variety is poised to have something of a moment. That's because researchers found that the polyphenols (micronutrients that are present in certain plant-based foods) in black tea can alter gut bacteria and change energy metabolism. While green tea has long been known to have this effect on the body, this is the first time black tea has gotten credit for doing basically the same thing.
Per one of the study's authors, "the findings suggest that the health benefits of both green tea and black tea go beyond their antioxidant benefits and that both teas have a strong impact on the gut microbiome." Yes!
Great news if you've been pretending to like matcha this whole time.