Rooibos is a gentle and soothing drink that can be enjoyed at any time of the day to keep you hydrated and refreshed.
We’ve teamed up with nutritional consultant Fiona Hunter to share her expert advice on maintaining a healthy diet and the importance of keeping hydrated:
Milk - provides a range of vitamins and minerals, including calcium which helps to keep bones healthy. Milk also gets a big thumbs up from dentists because it is better for teeth than soft drinks.
- Fruit juice and smoothies - one small glass of 100% fruit juice will count as one of your 5-a-day servings and a smoothie which contains fruit puree and fruit juice will count as 2 servings. Nutritionists recommend that drinks such as these should be consumed in moderation because of their sugar content.
- Fizzy drinks and squash - one can of fizzy pop can contain between 6-10 tsp of sugar, so because of their high sugar levels, nutritionists recommend that they should be an occasional treat rather than a regular part of the diet.
- Tea and coffee - while recent studies indicate that both tea and coffee can help to hydrate the body, they also contain caffeine which some people prefer to avoid.
- Rooibos tea - also known as redbush tea, rooibos is a light and refreshing alternative to traditional green and black tea. Rooibos or Redbush tea is naturally caffeine free, rich in antioxidants and low in tannins so it won’t interfere with the absorption of iron which is a mineral that many women don’t get enough of. This makes it a popular choice among anyone trying to limit caffeine and stay healthy. Other caffeine free options include fruit and herbal teas.
Esteemed nutritional consultant Fiona Hunter (BSc (Hons) Nutrition, Dip Dietetics), is a food writer, broadcaster and is known for her honest and practical approach to nutrition.