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  • Rooibos Tea - What of it?

    I like Red Bush....commonly known as Rooibos Tea, a rather nice tasting hot drink. I am not a die hard fan of other teas (other than pre-primal milk & black tea, e.g. The cuppa (tm) ) . But Rooibos is rather pleasing.

    I was wondering how many other people drink it, and what are some good health benefits that come with it? I heard it was great for immunity!

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    It's quite high in antioxidants and makes a good substitute for tea for those who can't or don't consume actual tea. My partner is allergic to real tea, and rooibos makes a fairly good substitute for making things like chai, iced tea, and other black tea beverages.
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    • #3
      I believe it's naturally uncaffeinated. Tastes good as well.
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      • #4
        That is what I drink all week, I really like the taste. I drink the regular kind or the vanilla, both have a great taste. I don't know what health benefits it provides, I just use it in place of coffee.

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        • #5
          I drink it on occasion. I bought a bunch to try and replace all caffeine but I end up just drinking black or green tea and coffee instead
          Jaime, wife to Phaedrus and primal mama to A (4) and X (1).

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          • #6
            I drink it almost every evening. Can't say I can give a laundry list of benefits I've gotten, but it hasn't killed me!

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            • #7
              I don't have a list of benefits either, but it's darn yummy and I feel good after I drink it. That's enough for me.
              Started PB late 2008, lost 50 lbs by late 2009. Have been plateaued, but that thing may just be biting the dust: more on that later.

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              • #8
                I started drinking it over a year ago when I was in South Africa on vacation and caught a cold. Several pots of Rooibos tea and a 1.5 days later, my cold was gone. I have been drinking it ever since. Not so much as a sniffle.

                It is also a good alternative for people looking to decaffeinate. It has a robust, nutty flavor (unlike most herbal teas that are either fruity or flowery) that keeps this reformed coffee drinker happy.

                I really like kombucha and am going to try brewing some using rooibos. Has anyone out there done this?

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                • #9
                  I like it, but not all brands are equal. I wonder what Paleobird likes since she's had the real thing.
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                  • #10
                    I like it, but I drink it iced. Pretty good, and one of the few I haven't had a problem with.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Digby View Post
                      I like it, but not all brands are equal. I wonder what Paleobird likes since she's had the real thing.
                      Well, IMHO, rooibos tastes great just as is but a lot of tea companies try to sell you rooibos blends with lavender flowers, orange peel, vanilla, (and some brands sneak in some fake sweeteners). I buy mine from The Tea Spot.com. If you buy 2 one lb packages, the shipping is free.

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                      • #12
                        My South African relatives put us onto this ages ago. I like it, and while it can't quite replace coffee for me, its a good alternative once I've made it over the mid-morning crunch at work. Not sure of the health benefits other than there's supposed to be many. Its good hot or cold, and its versatile. Good stuff
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                        • #13
                          I've also been making tea jello with this and some lime juice. The really firm kind of jello, knox blox style. It's edible iced tea.

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                          • #14
                            Has anybody used it to make Kombucha?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Adrianag View Post
                              Has anybody used it to make Kombucha?
                              I'm planning on giving this a try when I get back from Africa (don't want to buy a scoby and all that right before leaving). I don't see why it wouldn't work. The fermentation process in all about the sugar. The tea is just something to dilute it in.

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