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quarta-feira, 1 de julho de 2009

Miracles of Tea

"Tea is the second most common beverage in the world".......second only to water!
All the teas come from the "Camellia Sinensis"plant (Black, Green, Oolong,White) however, there are many "teas" that are infusions of different plants and herbs that have other properties.
There are many various health benefits of tea that vary by the type of tea.

Types of Tea
1. Black Tea-Black tea is the most common type of tea in our culture. It is tasty with milk and sugar, with honey, or by itself. Black tea is a variety of tea that is more oxidized than the Oolong, green, and white varieties. Black tea is generally stronger in flavor and contains more caffeine than the less oxidized teas.

2.Green Tea-Green tea is a type of tea made solely with the leaves of the tea plant that has undergone minimal oxidation during processing. There are many health benefits of green tea.

3.Traditional Oolong Tea-Oolong is a traditional Chinese tea some where between green and black in oxidation. It ranges from 10% to 70% oxidation. Oolong has a taste more akin to green tea than to black tea: it lacks the rosy, sweet aroma of black tea but it likewise does not have the stridently grassy notes that typify green tea.

4. White Tea-White Tea is the uncured and unoxidized tea leaf.White tea is very different in flavor from other teas. The flavor of white tea is far more delicate than other teas. It also has a sweeter flavor than other teas, and is paler in color. In addition, white tea has very little aroma.

5. Rooibos Tea-Rooibos teas are herbal infusions often called "Red tea", made from a South African red bush. Red tea is usually sweet and delicious either hot or iced. These naturally caffeine-free teas are extremely high in antioxidants and typically Vitamin C as well, as they often contain fruit pieces.

What is an antioxidant? An antioxidant is a compound, which retards oxidation. In the body antioxidants can 'soak up' free radicals.

6. Masala Chai Tea or Bombay Chai-We often use the term chai to refer to the spiced tea that is common in India, Srilanka, called masala chai. Masala chai can be made in many variations, but is often black tea mixed with spices such as cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, anise, peppercorn, and ginger etc…

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