Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Have a Cup of Tea

This morning's tea makes yesterday distant. ~Author Unknown
I love to drink all kinds of tea; black, green, hibiscus, oolong, herb... you name it. We've all heard of the health benefits of tea, but what does it mean? Purists only consider a few varieties of tea as "tea" Green, Black, White, Oolong, Pu-erh.
Each of these is made from the is made from leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. The leaves are then treated differently and made into these five types. 

Black Tea, the most common tea, whose leaves are fermented, dried and crushed.  Black Tea has the most caffeine per cup (about 40 mg). Black tea has high levels of antioxidants known to lower cholesterol and reduce stroke. Black tea is the basis for some flavored teas such as Chai and many instant teas. 
Green Tea's leaves are steamed and dried soon after they are harvested, which prevents fermentation. Green Tea as 25 mg of caffeine per cup. The antioxidants in green tea are know to help ward off cancer, heart disease and cardiovascular disease. 
Oolong Tea is made similarly to black tea but fermented for a shorter amount of time. It contains about 30 mg caffeine per cup. Oolong causes the body to burn fat by dissolving triglycerides found in dietary fat.
White Tea are young tea leaves, uncured and unfermented, that produces a mild flavor. It contains 15 mg of caffeine per cup. In addition to the benefits that other teas offer, it also improves glucose tolerance so it helps diabetics.
Pu-erh Tea is made from aged, fermented leaves. It's considered a black tea and the leaves are pressed into a firm cake.

Herbal teas are made from seeds, roots, herbs or fruits that are steeped in hot water. They contain lower levels of antioxidants. Various kinds include ginger, ginseng, hibiscus, jasmine, rose, rooibos, lemon leaf, mango, berry, chamomile and echinacea.

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