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How about a nice cup of tea?
Tea in general
Member Name: Bellroyd
Tea in general
Advantages: Hits the spot - and hardly any calories
Disadvantages: Maybe too much may not be good for you
The Brits certainly love their tea, don't they?
I have an abiding memory of a big brown earthenware teapot at home with a cream knitted tea-cosy and there always seemed to be a pot of tea stewing on the stove.
In those days, the tea was loose, kept in a big tea caddy - the sort that now change hands for silly money. A strainer was used if you wanted to be posh, but for everyday drinking you were just as likely to get some tea leaves in the bottom of your cup and if you weren't careful in your mouth as well.
Nowadays, where we put such a high price on convenience, 96% of all cups of tea brewed each day are brewed from tea bags.
98% of people take their tea with milk but only 30% take sugar.
These and other fascinating snippets of information were researched and published by the UK Tea Council.
The same august body has advised that the recommended number of cups per day is 4. Also, that tea is just as good at contributing to your recommended water intake as water itself.
In our house, in general terms, I'm the one who tends to drink coffee and my wife drinks the tea. In fact, she drinks gallons of the stuff and I have told her it can't be good for her. I have never actually counted but I am sure the cup count, especially on a cold day like today, would be 12 or 15 per day. At a conservative 12, with each cup holding circa 250ml, that's 3 litres a day! Wow!
Medical opinion seems divided as to how much is too much and whether there are any side effects to worry about. Most tea drinkers suffer from the obvious issue of going to the toilet rather frequently. Some say that too much tea can give you constipation. The levels of Fluoride, Caffeine and Tannin in the drink can also cause problems. The more you know or read, the more you worry about these things.
That said, tea has to be one of the cheapest and simplest drinks to hydrate your body. We have as a nation always drunk a lot of tea and we no doubt always will. The UK sits second in the tea consumption league, drinking on average ten times as much as an American. Who sits at the top of the table? Turkey!
A final word to all those coffee addicts out there..... you're looking at almost 200 calories for a latte in Starbucks - that's before you put any cream or sugar in. The equivalent calorific count for a cup of tea is....... 2!
I'll drink to that.
Summary: Go and put the kettle on!
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