This is an amazing post. If you like tea, you need to pour yourself a cup, sit down and read the entire article. #worthit #timewellspent
This article was originally post at “Think Science Now” and was written by: Maria Angelica Linton, Principal Scientist
If you were impressed by the fact that a cup of coffee contains around 1,500 chemicals , you will not be surprised to find out that a cup of tea contains almost 2,000 chemical compounds! Many of these chemicals possess antioxidant properties and health benefits, just like in coffee. However, the chemical structure of these antioxidant compounds differ between coffee and tea, just like the chemicals in green and black tea are different, even though they come from the exact same plant.
Chinese black tea is also known as Red Tea to the Chinese folk. This is because of the reddish black color the tea leaves give off in hot water. It is considered to be high quality tea but it is actually the least popular kind in China. This variation of tea, however, is also grown in countries like Kenya, Sri Lanka and India. This kind of tea is known as a ‘labor of love’ because the tea is picked by hand and processed by hand by turning to introduce air which offers the perfect oxidation for fermentation, thus giving the tea that unique taste and color.
Japan is a country known for its exquisite culture, cuisine and most of all for its Japanese green tea. Although it originated in China, it was brought over to Japan by a monk known as Myoan Eisai who was the founder of the Rinzai Zen Buddhism School. There are variations of green tea from this region.
Drink tea. Mad? Drink Tea. Sad? Drink Tea. Nervous? Drink tea. Happy? Drink Tea. the list goes on and on.