Thursday, January 31, 2013

Would you like some tea?

 I am a big tea drinker.  I like it hot, cold, warm and even room temperature.  My favorite way to drink tea is sweetened.  There is nothing better to me than ice cold sweet tea.  I am from the South.  Hot or warm tea before bed is a great way to relax.  Below is some information about different types of tea and the benefits that your body can receive from drinking it.

Green Tea - It is the closest taste of the leaf.  Mild flavored and most popular in Japanese and Chinese restaurants.  Now days,  green tea can be found everywhere drinks are sold.

Contains high levels of catechins.

White Tea - This tea is made from the combination of the leaves and buds of the plant.  It has a lightly sweet flavor.  One of the least common and harder to find in store, but if you look hard enough it can be found.  It is not only for your hair and skin.  It is good for your body too.
Contains high levels of catechins.

Black Tea - These leaves are fermented to unlock the most intense flavor from the leaves.  Black is the most popular on the market. 

  Black Tea has lower levels of catechins, but it has higher levels other polyphenol antioxidants.

Oolong Tea - This is a semi fermented tea that has a medium intense flavor with a smoky and floral taste.

Contains a variety of polyphenols, including catechins.

Catechins  is a flav-onoid phytochemical compounds found principally in green tea. Smaller amounts are contained in grapes, black tea, chocolate, and wine. Considered potent antioxidants, catechins are being studied for their potential to prevent heart disease and cancer.

Polyphenols are any of various alcohols containing two or more benzene rings that each have at least one hydroxyl group (OH) attached. Many polyphenols occur naturally in plants and some kinds, such as the flavonoids and tannins, are believed to be beneficial to health.

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