Since I have been addicted to coffee for many years, I only
discovered last year that January is hot tea month. I love
coffee and never miss drinking my morning coffee. However, I
also enjoy tea, especially Earl Grey and chai.
There is no question about the popularity of tea as it is the
most consumed liquid in the world after water. There are many
varieties such as: herbal, green, black, white, red, oolong…,
but which ones offer the most benefit and nutrition?
Teas such as black,
white, green and oolong come from a plant called Camellia
sinensis. The leaves, used for tea, contain polyphenols which
are a anti-cancer antioxidants. The way you can tell if a tea
is processed is that it will become very dark.
The white and green
teas are the least processed. The white tea comes from the
very young spring leaves that are steamed very quickly. Many
people don’t realize that these teas rank as high (sometimes
higher) than fresh fruits and vegetables in antioxidant
Many teas that we refer to as herbal teas are not even teas,
but plant infusions made from herbs, flowers, roots and
spices. The “herbal teas” do not generally contain caffeine.
However, the other teas do. Yet, it is less caffeine per cup
than coffee. About 40 mg of caffeine is contained in the
average cup of tea as opposed to coffee which has 85 mg. If
you must have sweetener in your tea, try raw honey which will
give you many health benefits as opposed to white sugar or
even processed honey.
Enjoy 2009 and try some new teas.
Some of my favourite teas are made by the
Stash Tea Company , and one of my students
introduced me to
The Chinese have a special love of tea and some
tea history can be found at
Tea's Wonderful History.
In addition, the Japanese are famous for their
tea ceremony which you can learn about at this site.
The Japanese Tea Ceremony
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