Sunday, February 14, 2010

All about tea facts

Tea is the 2nd most widely-consumed beverage in the world – second only to plain water. It is also the cheapest and most popular beverage, next to water, in the world. Tea has a cooling, slightly bitter, astringent flavour which many people enjoy. The most commonly types of tea found on the market are white tea, green tea, black tea and oolong tea, all which are born from the same species of plant but processed differently. All true teas originate from the same evergreen plant: the Camellia Sinensis.

Camellia sinensis plant, Tea leafCamellia sinensis is an evergreen plant that grows mainly in sub-tropical and tropical climates. China is the birthplace of tea, but surprisingly it is not the world’s largest overall producer of tea. India is the world’s largest tea producer (approximately 850,000 tons of tea being processed every year), and Indian tea is also the world’s most consumed tea. Most Indian teas are black. Interestingly, it is said that Indians did not drink tea until Britain colonized India and intrroduces wide-scale tea cultivation.

black teaTea contains half the amount of caffeine found in coffee, making it a great alternative for those who are sensitive to caffeine intake. You can get rid most of the caffeine by “rinsing” the tea leaves, begin brewing tea as usual and then remove the leaves after about 20 seconds, discard the initial brew and start again with boiling water and the now-decaffeinated tea leaves.

The common health facts about tea is that it is rich in antioxidant, can stop infection, shield our immune systems and even help us shed some pounds. Catechins (a type of antioxidant) is contained in tea. Green tea and white tea has the highest concentration of catechins. Tea has no carbohydrates, fat, or protein. Tea is also a natural source of fluoride which can help protect against gum disease and tooth decay. It also has potential health maintainance benefits in cancer prevention and cardiovascular disease. Other benefits are helping people avoid heart attacks, removing bad smells and warts especially from your skin. Tea also believed to have a cleansing properties and can remove poison from stomach. I spent my time drinking tea and coffee a lot especially during my work in my room with my laptop, its such a pleasure and i love doing it. Without coffee, tea or any good beverage beside the computer can make me feel there is something lack of. Like coffee, drinking tea can also makes you feel hungry faster because of the caffeine content which will increase your metabolism.

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