Drink To Your Health - Caffeine In Tea
Whether it's drunk hot or cold, did you know that tea is one of the best things you can drink?
It is the second most consumed beverage after water. Tea drinking has been claimed to have health benefits for centuries, but only in recent years have doctors conducted
studies to see if the claims are justified.
It is the second most consumed beverage after water.
Tea drinking has been claimed to have health benefits for centuries, but only in recent years have doctors conducted studies to see if the claims are justified.
Considering the amount of tea drunk around the world every day, the news that the drink can be good for you is welcome indeed. Recent research has indicated that drinking tea as part of a healthy diet and life style can help maintain a healthy body including a healthy heart.
The value of tea may be due, in part, to its antioxidants. Like fruit and vegetables, tea is rich in antioxidants. (In tea these are known as flavonoids). Antioxidants in the diet may help the body in its management of free radicals – highly reactive substances capable of causing damage to body cells.
If that's not enough to convince you that tea is worth trying, take a look at some of these fast facts. Green and black teas offer the same health benefits. Many people don't realize that black and green tea contain virtually the same amount of antioxidants. In fact, whether hot or cold, bottled or using a bag, tea is probably the healthiest drink around.
Drinking four cups of tea is rehydrating – not dehydrating as is often said – unless the amount of tea consumed at one sitting contains more than 250mg of caffeine (the equivalent of five cups of tea).
According to the Harvard Women’s Health Watch, tea provides a few tips to get the most out of tea-drinking:
Tea contains fluoride, which has a well-established link to dental health. Studies have shown that tea can provide up to 70% of the fluoride you need. It's also thought that antioxidants in tea may help inhibit the growth of the bacteria that cause plaque.
Tea without milk and sugar has virtually no calories. And in hot weather, it seems refreshing. This may be because it can raise your body temperature and momentarily cause an increase in perspiration, which cools the skin.
Teas such as Lipton are made from tea leaves rich
in natural antioxidants, plus other good stuff your
body loves. As for the taste, with a range covering
hot and cold teas, and green and black varieties, it
boosts your taste buds, as well as your well being.
Don't toss your morning tea bag, put them in a plastic baggy in the refrigerator and use them:
You can use the tea dry or brew it to liquid
form to use as a marinade.
The good news about using herbal
tea for seasoning, there are no calories or fat and tea is
cheaper then most spices that you buy at the store.
Herbal teas are not actually from tea leaves, but are a blend of herbs an spices that create wonderful aromas and colors.
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The Legendary Origins of Tea
The story of tea began in ancient China over 5,000 years ago.
According to legend, Shen Nung, an early emperor was a skilled ruler, creative scientist and patron of the arts. His far-sighted edicts required, among other things, that all drinking water be boiled as a hygienic precaution.
One summer day while visiting a distant region of his realm, he and the court stopped to rest. In accordance with his ruling, the servants began to boil water for the court to drink. Dried leaves from the near by bush fell into the boiling water, and a brown liquid was infused into the water.
As a scientist, the Emperor was interested in the new liquid, drank some, and found it very refreshing. And so, according to legend, tea was created.
This myth maintains such a practical narrative, that many
mythologists believe it may relate closely to the actual
events, now lost in ancient history.
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