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Blue Tea is the in-thing now

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | SWATI SHARMA
Published Jul 25, 2021, 6:54 am IST
Updated Jul 25, 2021, 6:54 am IST
Butterfly pea flower tea, or ‘blue tea’, is the current craze as a health drink, simply because of its uniqueness
Cup butterfly pea flower tea with honey table
 Cup butterfly pea flower tea with honey table

Soha Ali Khan recently shared a picture of her cup of tea on Instagram stories and we were amazed at the unusual colour — a vibrant blue!
Soha isn’t the only celebrity drinking ‘blue tea’. The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star Kylie Jenner also highlighted the relaxing drink on Instagram.

“Look how cool this drink is — butterfly pea tea,” Jenner said as she focused the camera on a cup filled with blue liquid. “No food colouring.” Kylie then picked up a slice of lemon, saying, “Watch, it changes colour when you put lemon in it.”   
Blue tea is a caffeine-free herbal concoction made from blue butterfly pea flowers. It is made by steeping dried or fresh leaves of the Clitoria ternatea plant in hot or cold water. Tea bags have to be dipped in hot water. It can be enjoyed with or without added honey.

 

“Herbal teas have been attracting a lot of attention as a healthy alternative to caffeinated drinks like tea and coffee. Of late, blue tea has been trending on social media due to its attractive colour and health benefits,” says Dr Aparna Govil Bhasker, Laparoscopic and Bariatric surgeon.

The trendy butterfly pea tea: According to the Journal of Pharmacological Reports, butterfly pea flower is a common ingredient in rice-based recipes, such as nasi kerabu in Malaysia and rice cakes in Singapore. Recently, the flower made its way into the cocktail world, where it’s used to make blue gin, before landing under the TikTok spotlight as a trendy tea.

 

Used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, butterfly pea flower tea has been consumed for centuries as a brain booster, anti-depressant and calming agent. “It is very popular in South East Asian countries and is usually consumed post dinner with freshly squeezed lemon, which interestingly changes the colour of this beverage to purple,” says Dr. Aparna, adding, “It has antioxidant properties similar to green tea.”

“Blue Tea has gained popularity very recently. It is becoming more easily available,” says Bala Sarda, Founder & CEO, Vahdam India, premium homegrown tea brand for the world.

 

Health benefits

Blue tea is a rich source of powerful antioxidants — catechins and flavonoids. “It protects the body from environmental toxins and is useful for maintaining hair and skin health. Blue tea also helps to promote collagen production, which slows skin ageing by maintaining elasticity,” says Dr Aparna.

It contains anthocyanin, which helps to increase blood circulation in the head, thereby strengthening the scalp and hair follicles. Its soothing flavor and aroma make this beverage a great stress buster.

“There are no known side effects of blue tea, but it is best to restrict consumption to 2-3 cups a day. Excessive consumption can lead to dehydration due to its diuretic effect,” cautions Dr Aparna. Pregnant and lactating women and those with a history of chronic diseases should consult their dietician/ doctor before consuming it, she adds.

 

A caffeine-free herbal concoction

1. Blue tea is a caffeine-free herbal concoction made from blue butterfly pea flowers. It is made by steeping dried or fresh leaves of the Clitoria ternatea plant in hot or cold water. Tea bags have to be dipped in hot water. It can be enjoyed with or without added honey.

2. Used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, butterfly pea flower tea has been consumed for centuries as a brain booster, anti-depressant and calming agent. It is very popular in South East Asian countries and is usually consumed post dinner with freshly squeezed lemon, which interestingly changes the colour of this beverage to purple

 

3. The Food & Nutrition Research journal says butterfly pea flowers are rich in anthocyanins, which are antioxidants and natural pigments that give some plants (and produce, such as blueberries and red cabbage) a bluish purple-red colour. Anthocyanins change hues depending on the acidity (measured as pH) of the environment.

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