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Black tea Known for its versatile nature, black tea is one of the most adaptable types of tea. Some enjoy it with milk and sugar, while others drink it black. Others still like to add honey or agave to their black tea. Black tea is even widely used as a base for iced teas! However you take your black tea, you know that it is a delicious drink. But did you know that black tea benefits our bodies too? Black Tea Benefits There are so many black tea benefits that it is the second most common drink globally, after water. Some of these benefits of black tea include lowered LDL (or "bad") cholesterol, improved gastrointestinal function, reduced blood pressure, lessened risk of stroke, and improved focus. Black tea is also naturally lower in caffeine than coffee but still contains enough caffeine to give you a boost. So if you want to lighten up your caffeine consumption, consider switching over from coffee to black tea! Types of Black Tea While there are many different types of black tea and places where black tea is produced, the four largest black tea producers are Sri Lanka, India, Kenya, and China. Hailing from these countries is the six main types of black tea. From Sri Lanka comes Ceylon tea. This is a black tea known for its shades of gold. A dash of spice and boldness create a wonderful flavour for Ceylon black tea. India features three more styles of black tea: Assam, which is maltier and combines well with milk and sugar; Darjeeling, a herbaceous black tea known as "The Champagne of Teas;" and Nilgiri, sweet and crisp and often added to Chai blends. Kenya's black tea is uniform and dark, and black tea produced in China (known as Keemun) is its counterpart, more delicate and often consumed without the addition of sweetener or milk. Pick a type or two and try them out! You'll be pleasantly surprised by what you find.