4 Incredible Benefits of Coconut Tea

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Coconut tea is a unique and delicious beverage made from real coconuts that provide a wealth of health benefits, along with a wonderful flavor.

What is Coconut Tea?

Coconut tea is a caffeinated beverage that mixes coconut flakes and milk into green or black tea, creating an exceptional combination of powerful active ingredients and delectable flavors. Although this beverage is relatively new to America and parts of Europe, it has been prepared for generations in tropical regions where coconuts commonly grow. While this is traditionally brewed as a hot tea, you can also create iced tea and bubble tea with coconut as the primary flavor and nutritional element.

Coconut milk is rich in saturated fats, including high levels of lauric acid, as well as magnesium, iron, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Green and black tea are rich in polyphenolic compounds and other active ingredients that provide a wide range of health benefits. When you combine these two elements, the results are a superfood drink that you’d never expect!

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Coconut tea has the essence of coconut without the fat & calories found in its oil, milk, or cream. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Coconut Tea Benefits

The top coconut tea benefits include the following:

Let us discuss them in detail below.

Skin Care

The skin-protecting nature of coconut milk is well known, thanks to the high level of healthy fats and antioxidants.

Immune System

Green tea can give the immune system a major boost, as can the vitamin C found in coconuts.

Weight Loss

Both of the main ingredients can have an effect on the metabolism, which can boost passive fat-burning and aid weight loss efforts.

Cardiovascular Health

High levels of “good” fats, namely HDL cholesterol and lauric acid, can help protect you from high blood pressure and coronary heart disease.

How to Make Coconut Tea?

Making your own coconut tea at home is quite simple, but you’ll need to decide which type you want to prepare! Let’s take a look at the recipes below.

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Coconut Green Tea Recipe

Relax sipping a piping hot cup of this soothing beverage with a coconutty aftertaste. 
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Coconut green tea, coconut, coconut tea
Appliance: Stove
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Ishani Bose

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of water
  • 3 green tea bags
  • 1/4 cup of coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp of heavy milk
  • 1 tsp brown sugar (optional)

Instructions

  • To make coconut green tea, bring 4 cups of water to boil in a saucepan.
  • Add three green tea bags.
  • Remove from heat and let the tea steep for 5 minutes.
  • Pour in 1/4 cup of coconut milk and 2 tablespoons of heavy cream.
  • Stir thoroughly and remove the tea bag.
  • Serve warm or chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours, then serve cold. You can add a teaspoon of brown sugar if you prefer. 

Coconut Chai Tea

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Coconut Chai Tea Recipe

A cup of this delicious and milky cup of tea will indeed brighten up your day!
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Indian, American
Keyword: Coconut Milk, coconut, coconut chai tea
Appliance: Stove
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 cups
Author: Ishani Bose

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of water
  • 8 cardamoms
  • 8 cloves
  • 4 black tea bags
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp peppercorn

Instructions

  • To make coconut chai tea, bring 4 cups of water to boil with 8 cardamoms, 8 cloves, and 1 tablespoon of peppercorns in the saucepan.
  • Add 4 black tea bags and remove from heat, steep for 5 minutes.
  • In another saucepan, bring 1 cup of coconut milk and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar to a simmer.
  • Mix the milk into the tea and heat for 1-2 minutes.
  • Whisk the entire mixture and serve warm.

Coconut Tea Side Effects

There are a few side effects of coconut tea but are mostly experienced when you drink too much of this beverage, including problems with digestion and issues for pregnant or breastfeeding women. This is also due to the high-fat content in coconut oil and flakes. For pregnant and breastfeeding women, closely watching your caffeine intake is important, so speak with your doctor before using coconut tea.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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