I’ve never been much of a tea drinker. To me, the flavor is reminiscent of twigs soaked in warm dishwater. I don’t mean to disparage the tea enthusiasts who “ooh” over their oolong and cherish every drop of their chai. Quite the opposite, in fact. I’m as green as Japanese sencha every time another study emerges, steeped with praise about the health benefits of the beverage I’m not drinking. Also, I am a huge fan of the new .
Regular readers know that I am a coffee lover, but I really want to try to cut down on too much caffeine and drink more tea – both hot and cold. I am not being all anal about not drinking coffee whatsoever, because I really love the black gold, but tea should also be pretty good for you they say. I mean it did originate in southwestern China, where it was used as a medicinal drink.
Here are a few tea highlights I found interesting:
- Tea drinking appears to lower the risk for heart disease and stroke.
- Natural compounds called polyphenols in green tea might protect against several cancers, including those of the prostate, GI tract, lungs, breast, and skin.
- Caffeine and antioxidants called catechins found in green, oolong, and white teas may increase metabolism and promote weight loss.
- Tea polyphenols are thought to strengthen bones and protect against fractures.
- People who drink tea could see improvements in mood, concentration, and performance.
This post is made in collaboration with Skagerak. All pictures by me.