There is something about sipping a warm cup of tea, which makes it one of the most popular beverages across the world. Whether you are dealing with a stressful day at work or are feeling sluggish, nothing is as comforting as a cup of warm tea. Tea is not just a beverage, it is a tradition, ingrained in cultures across the globe. It is soothing, refreshing and has numerous proven health benefits.
In general, all kinds of brews are called tea, but as per purists, only green tea, black tea, white tea, oolong tea, and pu-erh tea are the true ones. There is no doubt that tea is good for health, but there are plenty of myths linked with it. It is time to debunk 5 common health myths related to tea.
First of all herbal teas are not considered as true teas as they are not processed from the Camellia Sinensis plant. Herbal tea is made by steeping flowers, herb, seeds, roots or plant barks in hot water. As far as the caffeine content is concerned, not all herbal teas are caffeine-free. Guarana tea and Yerba mate tea contain caffeine so it is always advised to read the label before buying herbal tea.
It is naturally easy to prepare tea using tea bags, but remember loose tea is always better than bags. The leaves in the tea bags are ‘dust and fannings’ from broken tea leaves. Boken tea leaves lack essential oils and aroma. So, it is better to use tea leaves.
Green tea is indeed more popular than black tea, however, apart from this there is no other difference. Both contain powerful and beneficial antioxidants.
Tea leaves turn green or black after going through oxidation or fermentation process. During this process, the antioxidants in green tea, such as catechins, are converted into the theaflavins, which is found in black tea.
This is a very common one and is nothing, but a misbelief. Adding milk to any kind of tea will not remove its health benefits. Milk contains calcium, which is good for your bones. As per a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the number of catechins absorbed from tea remains the same whether you add milk in it or not.
There is hype among weight watchers that green tea can help you shed kilos. Unfortunately, it is just a myth. Green tea does contain a stimulant that increases your metabolism, but the quantity is very less. If you think that sipping 4-5 cups of green tea in a day will help you shed kilos, then you are wrong.