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Tea: The Real Health Facts

Jun 15, 2008
Tea is reputedly the world's most popular drink. Us Brits love it. I myself am a 12 cup a day kind of guy and I would probably drink more if I had the opportunity. There is a great deal of hysteria about whether or not it is a healthy drink and many people claim that excessive drinking of tea will send you to an early grave.

There has as a result been thousands of independent studies that investigate the properties in tea and the affect that they have on the human body. Fortunately these scientific investigations give a good impression of tea and the results suggest that far from being damaging to the body that tea does instead provide a great deal of nutrition for the body. It is extremely important that you know as much as you can about the foods and drinks that you consume every day and as a result I'd recommend that you get yourself a cup of tea, sit down and take a look at the health facts and nutrition data for tea. Enjoy!

There is a vast range of literature that is presented about the health facts about tea. These fact sheets can be found online and providing you choose a factsheet from a reputable resource will further you knowledge about the properties of tea. This article has taken information from a range of these monographs and fortunately the prognosis for avid tea drinkers such as myself is good. According to the research tea can be a valuable method of maintaining a healthy diet as part of a healthy lifestyle. Much of the research is reassuring and suggests that you needn't ever feel guilty about brewing up a cup of tea. So what does the nutrition data say and what are the real health facts behind tea?

In the UK the nation drinks an enormous amount of tea. Some reports suggest that almost Forty percent of the nation's intake of fluid comes in the form of tea. Tea with milk does contain calories but tea without milk is calorie free. This means that using semi skimmed milk in your tea contributes to around 13 calories. That being said tea with milk can contribute to 21 percent of your daily requirement of calcium. This is based on the amount found in four cups of tea.

There have been many criticisms levied at tea based on the amount of caffeine in tea. Nevertheless tea contains considerably less caffeine per cup than coffee. However the reality is that tea contains less than half the amount of caffeine per cup as is found in the equivalent size cup of coffee. Per 190 ml cup of tea there is 50 mg of caffeine this is considerably less than the amount found in coffee.

Aside from the negative connotations associated with caffeine tea also contains a number of valuable attributes. Tea contains folic acid and zinc which is beneficial and when milk is added tea contains vitamin B6, Thiamine B1 and Riboflavin B2. This can be extremely beneficial to the human body.

The tea also contains a number of minerals such as manganese which helps the bone growth. It is also a source of fluoride and it is a good source of fluoride and helps people get their required daily intake. Tea also contains a number of antioxidants that are found in the Camelia sinensis plant. This is used in both green teas and in black teas.
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Shaun Parker is an expert on tea. He shares his expertise with you to help you learn more about tea.
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