1. What is tea?
Tea is a soft beverage brewed from the leaves and buds of the Camellia sinensis plant. It is renowned as the second largest beverage relished by people around the world. There are countless varieties of teas you can choose from, which can be broadly classified into four basic categories named, white, green, oolong and black tea. Signature qualities of each variety of tea depend on where the crop is grown, time of harvest, quality and the form of leaves, duration and process of fermentation/oxidation and of course the quality standards maintained throughout.
2. Where does Tea come from?
The world harvest of tea comes from different parts of the world. As an entity of trade and tribute, tea has gathered a history of at least three thousand years. Chinese were the first to cultivate and brew this humble drink which makes China the pioneers of the tea industry. Taiwan and Japan followed the lead. Nevertheless, after British fell in love with tea, a new chapter in the tea industry began. British started cultivating tea in India, Sri Lanka, and other south Asian countries. While the finest tea blends still come from Asia, other parts of the world such as Africa, Europe, New Zealand, North America and Australia also contribute to the world harvest.
3. Is tea healthy?
Tea has made its way to the top as a beverage not only for its delicious aroma and divine taste but for its natural healing properties. Tea is a rich dietary source of flavonoid antioxidants, poly-phenols, essential vitamins, minerals, Theanine as an amino acid and caffeine. Due to its high content of these nutrients, tea is known to help fight colds and flus, headaches and muscle pains. Research from around the world claims that regular consumption of tea is associated with reduced risks of many chronic conditions such as heart diseases, strokes, type-2 diabetes and even cancer-particularly colorectal cancer.
4. Is tea calorie-free? Gluten-free?
Tea being the healthiest beverage after water, comes with zero calories provided that it is brewed and consumed without milk or sugar.
Pure tea made with leaves of Camellia sinensis plant without any additives or flavorings is naturally gluten-free. Some herbal teas and tea infusions may contain gluten as it is decided on the ingredients used. It is advisable to read the label carefully to be aware of the exact content.
5. Can tea help with weight lost?
Have you ever wondered if tea truly can influence your kilograms? The answer goes two ways. Polyphenolic antioxidants packed in tea such as catechins, theaflavins and thearubigins are promising agents of lowering bad cholesterol levels while boosting your metabolism which aids in weight loss. Also as tea is essentially calorie-free it can be an addition to your low calorie diet. However, the outcome will always depend on one’s diet and lifestyle. So we would suggest you enjoy your favorite cup of tea alongside a healthy and active lifestyle to accelerate your weight loss plan.