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April 30, 2010

An education on tea

DSC_0006Did you know that besides water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world?  Take that coffee.

Do you know what the difference between herbal, white, green, oolong, and black tea is?  I thought I might give you a lesson.

All white, green, oolong and black teas come from the same plant, Camellia Sinesis.  The process of oxidizing and treating the leaves make the types of tea.

White tea has the least amount of caffeine and most health benefits, then green tea, then oolong (sometimes referred to as brown tea) and finally black tea brings up the rear with the most caffeine but many health benefits as well.  One cup of black tea has 1/2 the amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee.

Herbal tea is not exactly tea because it does not come fro the Camellia Sinesis bush.  Herbal tea is a combination of different leaves, roots, flowers, stems, fruits and seeds.  

There are many health benefits to tea.  It can promote a healthier immune system, lower your cholesterol, aid in natural weight loss, and make your skin look younger just to name a few.

I rarely go a day without having at least one cup of hot tea.  Today I had three.  Pictured above is one of my favorite mugs and my tea kettle.  I have had that mug since college, back then it held pens and the butterflies where much brighter.  The size is just perfect and I think the butterflies make me happy. 

You can read more about tea here.

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I do drink it hot but I drink iced tea as well. I prefer my tea black, no milk, no sugar.

I am ust curious what you sweeten yours with if you do...? Also, do you drink it when it's hot still too?

I like this post...I admit that I have an aversion to Starbuck's (only the fraps.) but I am definitely convinced that it's time for a change. It will be easier on the pocket book and better for my teeth. ;)

I start every morning with 2 cups of Tazo Zen green tea sweetened with stevia! My favorite!!

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