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Tea in general
Member Name: Dharmaquila
Tea in general
Advantages: Tastes great, improves health
Disadvantages: None (apart from decreased iron absorption)
Tea is the second most commonly consumed beverage in the world after water and has been drunk by humans for thousands of years. Tea comes in several forms such as Green, Black, White and oolong.In most of the world tea is most commonly served as a hot beverage, made by steeping the tea leaves in boiling water for 1-5 minutes, then adding optional milk and sugar, in the United States however it is commonly served cold as 'Iced tea'
Like coffee tea contains caffeine, albeit only around half as much as a similar sized serving of coffee (50mg/100mg). The difference is that tea also contains theanine which counters the over stimulating effects of coffee or 'The jitters' while adding the the concentration boosting effects. The antioxidants in tea make it a great beverage for keeping a healthy body and is often cited to be the cause of the 'japanese paradox' with higher rates of smoking (and green tea consumption) then the western world but lower rates of cancer.
Tea however has been shows to reduce iron absorption and thianine absorption but adding milk counters this minor downfall by binding to the tannins preventing them from destroying the nutrients.
So sit back and enjoy a nice cuppa.
Summary: Great beverage
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