Tea & Tannis: Tannins is an imprecise term that has several definitions, including soluble astringent complex phenolic substances of plant origin. Tannins refer to a wide range of diverse substances known to scientists as polyphenols. The polyphenols tannic acid is present in many plants but not in tea. The polyphenol theaflavin is found only in tea. The polyphenols found in tea contribute to the beverage color, taste, and feel. There is a growing body of research suggesting that polyphenols found in tea are beneficial to human health.
Tea & Tannis: Tannins is an imprecise term that has several definitions, including soluble astringent complex phenolic substances of plant origin. Tannins refer to a wide range of diverse substances known to scientists as polyphenols. The polyphenols tannic acid is present in many plants but not in tea. The polyphenol theaflavin is found only in tea. The polyphenols found in tea contribute to the beverage color, taste, and feel.
There is a growing body of research suggesting that polyphenols found in tea are beneficial to human health.
Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water, and can be found in almost 80% of all U.S. households. It is the only beverage commonly served hot or iced, anytime, anywhere, for any occasion. On any given day, nearly 127 million people, or half of all Americans are drinking tea.
In the 1600′s, tea became highly popular throughout Europe and the American colonies. Tea played a dramatic part in the establishment of the United States of America. In 1767 the British Government put a tax on the tea used by American colonists. Protesting this “taxation without representation”, the colonists decided to stop buying tea and refused to allow tea ships to be unloaded. One December night in 1723, men dressed as Indians boarded British ships in Boston Harbor and threw more than 300 chests of tea into the sea. This now famous Boston Tea Party, in protest of the British tea tax, was said to be one of the acts leading to the Revolutionary War.
Anna, Duchess of Bedford, is credited with creating Afternoon Tea, when, in about 1840, she began taking tea with a light snack around 4:00 p.m. to ward off ‘that sinking feeling’.
High Tea originated with the rural and working class British, who would return to their homes at about 6:00 p.m. for a typical meal of potted meats, fish cheese, salads, sweets, and a pot of strong tea. The U.S. played an important role in the history of tea, inventing the convenient tea bag in 1904 and iced tea, also in 1904, at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. Recently, the U.S. has led the rest of the world in marketing convenient Ready-To-Drink forms of tea in bottles.Environmental Qualities:Tea is an all-natural and environmentally sound product from a renewable source. The tea plant is naturally resistant to most insects; oxidation of the tealeaf is a natural process; and, many tea packers use recycled paper for packaging.Health Qualities:Tea is a refreshing beverage that contains no sodium, fat carbonation or sugar, and is virtually calorie-free. Tea helps maintain proper fluid balance. Tea doesn’t irritate the stomach and won’t make you feel gassy.
Research is being conducted into the possible health benefits of this increasingly popular thirst quencher. Everyday, new medical evidence from the International Scientific Community lends credibility to tea’s healthy properties.
According to a recent study conducted at Tufts University, “Tea exerts more potent antioxidant activity than that of any of the 22 fruits and vegetables we tested”, said Robert L. Prior, Ph.D., lead author of study. The list of fruits and vegetables includes foods such as strawberries, garlic, broccoli and cauliflower.
Researchers from the American Health Foundation have found both black and green teas to be equally powerful in changing the metabolic pattern in the liver. Tea consumption increases the metabolic processes that detoxify environmental toxins and carcinogens in the rat liver, making it easier for them to be excreted.
A recent issue of Mutation Research reports that theaflavins, which are flavonoids present in (produced during the manufacture of), black tea, have both antioxidant and antimutagenic activity in vitro. Scientists believe that agents possessing these properties help reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as cancer and arteriosclerosis. Plans for testing this property of theaflavins in people are being developed.
Flavanoids, a large group of polyphenolic antioxidants that occur naturally in tea, may play a role in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Flavonoids are scavengers of free radicals and therefore, may inhibit the oxidative modification of low-density lipoproteins (LDL)Caffeine Content:Tea is naturally low in caffeine. A cup of tea, for example, contains about 40 milligrams of caffeine.Cost Per Serving:Prepared in the home, tea costs about three cents per serving, cup or glass. Tea continues to remain one of the most economical beverages availableTea:The smart choice for today and the millennium.