Apparently, tea is the most commonly consumed beverage in the world, after water.
In recent years we’ve certainly become much more experimental with other kinds of tea. But, is tea simply a delicious drink? Or, are there also health benefits to be gained?
How is tea produced?
Black, white, green or red teas come from the same plant, the Camellia sinenses. However, what makes them differ in taste is the process they undergo:
White tea comes from the young plant leaves; these are then steamed and dried.
Green tea is made from the older leaf, and undergoes the least amount of processing; they are simply steamed quickly.
Black and red (oolong) teas also come from the older leaf; they are then partially dried, crushed and lastly fermented.
Health benefits of tea
Regardless of the processing method, all tea contains beneficial polyphenols, and it is these polyphenols that give tea its antioxidant properties.
In fact, white tea has the highest level of antioxidants, fol...
Tea is an ancient drink that dates back over 5,000 years. People have not only enjoyed its distinct taste but have also used it for medicinal purposes as well. Today, tea is the most commonly consumed beverage on the planet, second only to water. Tea drinking is on the rise at a rate of 2% per year. Among the many purported benefits of drinking tea such as reduced cancer rates and promoting overall longevity, tea has traditionally been believed to be effective at lowering cholesterol. Now, science has found hard evidence to support this claim.
Tea is derived from the leaves of the plant Camellia Sinensis. There are three major types of tea: green , oolong, and black. The difference between these teas is based upon the amount of fermentation that is involved in their processing. Tea leaves are harvested soon after their buds have sprouted. Once harvested, the leaves are allowed to dry to remove moisture and wither. The withered leaves are then either rolled or crushed ex...
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