Tannins are naturally occurring compounds that are thought to have a range of health benefits. Many classes of tannins have antioxidant properties, which have been found to lower total cholesterol, lower blood pressure and stimulate the immune system. They also have antibacterial properties that, among other things, fight tooth decay.
So, how can you include more tannins in your daily diet?
Look for teas that are darker in color, such as oolong, English breakfast and Irish breakfast varieties.
The robusta type of coffee bean, more so than the common Arabica bean, contain the most beneficial tannins.
Red wine has the most tannins, particularly red Bordeaux, Nebbiolo and Malbec.
Other foods with high level of tannins include: