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Drinking a few cups of tea a day may be good for your health.

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Drinking a few cups of tea a day may be good for your health.

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We drink more than 160 million cups of tea a day. 66% of the British population take part in this centuries-old tradition and some studies suggest there’s a good reason why. More research is needed, but tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant, are loaded with polyphenols and flavonoids, which studies suggest seek out cell-damaging free radicals and destroy them. Tea also contains other potent antioxidants, known as catechins, that research shows may help promote blood flow.

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Which variety of tea is thought to have the highest concentration of antioxidants?

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Which variety of tea is thought to have the highest concentration of antioxidants?

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Green tea reportedly has the greatest concentration of antioxidants. It is also one of the best food sources for catechins. Some studies indicate these antioxidants may even be more powerful than vitamins C and E in reducing damage to cells, but more research is needed. Green tea has been popular for centuries in China and Japan, while black tea is the most popular variety in the UK.

What’s the difference between the main varieties of tea?

What’s the difference between the main varieties of tea?

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The difference between the three main varieties of tea (green, black, and oolong) is the process used to make them. Black tea is exposed to air, or fermented, which darkens the leaves and gives them flavour. Green tea is made by heating or quickly steaming the leaves. Oolong tea leaves are partially fermented.

Drinking a cup of tea every day is a sure way to reduce your risk of cancer.

Drinking a cup of tea every day is a sure way to reduce your risk of cancer.

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There’s no hard evidence that drinking tea can prevent cancer in people in general as many factors affect cancer risk. Several studies have linked drinking tea to a lower risk of cancer for some people, but results are unclear and more research is needed to define those groups.

Drinking green tea may help reduce the risk of heart disease by decreasing which of the following?

Drinking green tea may help reduce the risk of heart disease by decreasing which of the following?

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Some studies show that drinking green tea may help curb a few heart disease risk factors, including body weight, blood pressure and cholesterol absorption. However, the European Food Safety Authority has not found sufficient clinical evidence to support the claims, and The Blood Pressure Association says more research is needed.

People who need to control their blood sugar level may benefit from drinking green tea.

People who need to control their blood sugar level may benefit from drinking green tea.

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There is some evidence that green tea may help control glucose (or blood sugar) levels. However, that hasn't been widely tested in people. Again, the European Food Safety Authority has not found sufficient clinical evidence to support these claims. More research is needed to learn how much green tea would be needed and whether green tea also helps curb body weight and body fat.

The research associated with the health benefits of green, black or oolong tea does not include herbal teas.

The research associated with the health benefits of green, black or oolong tea does not include herbal teas.

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Herbal teas are not made from the Camellia sinensis plant and are not really teas at all. Herbal teas are an infusion of leaves, roots, bark, seeds or flowers from other types of plants. Common herbal teas include chamomile and mint. They are not associated with the potential health benefits of green, black or oolong tea.

Freshly brewed tea has more antioxidants than …

Freshly brewed tea has more antioxidants than …

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You get the most antioxidants from freshly brewed tea; those compounds are reduced in instant tea, decaffeinated tea and bottled tea. Researchers have not determined how many cups of freshly brewed green tea are recommended each day, but people in Asia typically drink at least three cups daily.

To bring out the antioxidants in the tea, let it steep for …

To bring out the antioxidants in the tea, let it steep for …

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Fresh brewing is the way to get the most antioxidants from your tea, so knowing how long to steep the tea is an important part of the process. According to the UK Tea Council, the perfect brewing time depends on the type of tea and can range from two to seven minutes.

A glass of iced tea contains the same general amount of antioxidants as a cup of hot tea.

A glass of iced tea contains the same general amount of antioxidants as a cup of hot tea.

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Iced tea contains low to negligible amounts of catechins compared with the high concentrations found in a cup of hot tea, because adding water to brewed tea dilutes the concentration. The spiritual home of iced tea is the southern states of America but the Tea Council says the UK is starting to enjoy this thirst quencher.

A blended tea, such as Earl Grey or English Breakfast, is …

A blended tea, such as Earl Grey or English Breakfast, is …

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Blended teas are made with teas of different origins, combined to achieve a certain flavour. For example, English Breakfast tea traditionally was a blend of China Keemums tea, but the blend now includes Ceylon and India teas as well.

Green tea has been shown to be good for children.

Green tea has been shown to be good for children.

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Little is known about the effects of green tea on children because all the research on green tea has been done on adults.

Which group of people should carefully monitor their consumption of green tea?

Which group of people should carefully monitor their consumption of green tea?

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Green tea contains caffeine and the NHS recommends that pregnant women or those who are breastfeeding should limit their intake of caffeine to no more than 200 mg a day. People with irregular heartbeats or anxiety disorders also should be cautious about how much caffeine they get, from green tea or other sources.

Drinking black tea at what time may affect your body’s ability to absorb iron?

Drinking black tea at what time may affect your body’s ability to absorb iron?

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A Swiss study found that drinking black tea with a meal reduced iron absorption by 79% to 94% when compared with drinking water. People with an iron deficiency might consider drinking tea only between meals.

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