Q: Is tea really good for health or is it just that the tea industry is taking over the world?
Tea in general is good for health as it has anti-oxidants (Flavonoids and Catechins) that fight free radicals. Our body creates free radicals as a bi-product of living. These free radicals attempt to oxidize lipids, contributing to old age diseases. Catechins have been shown to be more effective fighters than other antioxidants like vitamin C and E, making them very good for human systems. So, go ahead, don’t be afraid of change and trying something new!
Q: Not convinced, give me more reasons why I should drink tea?
Tea in general is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, antidepressant and boosts immunity against cancer and other diseases. It also controls bad cholesterol and artery clogging, lowers blood pressure, relieves stress and helps in digestion. Some teas also prevent tooth cavities, bad breath and have anti-ageing properties.
Q: I am confused, what is the difference between black, green and white tea?
All teas come from the same tea plant called ‘Camellia Sinensis’. The processing and fermenting method of tea leaves defines the amount of antioxidants in it. Green and white tea are least processed and have high levels of antioxidants than black tea. Oolong is considered somewhere in between.
Q: There are so many options, what kind of tea leaves should I go for?
Always go for ‘whole leaves’ as they are least oxidized and have higher level of antioxidants than broken leaves, fanning and dust. Most of the teas available in the market are made of tea dust. Go whole leaf and organic.
Q: I don’t like the taste of green tea, what should I do?
I know the feeling but it’s time to think out of the box and go creative. Add your own herbs and spices like cardamom, cinnamon, tulsi, lemongrass, mint, ginger, lemon etc. and make your own magic cup. I know you’ll love it! Stay tuned and check out my recipes on the blog.
Q: Can I add milk to my tea?
Once milk is added, tea loses it’s health benefits and medicinal properties to a large extent. Be a good sport!