A cup of tea is a vital part of everyday life for the majority of people all over the world. In fact, tea is so integral to may people’s routine that it is very difficult to imagine life without it. Imagine going to a Chinese restaurant and ordering dim sum without serving the hot tea that goes along with it.
But this common practice was not that enjoyed by the majority before. Tea was a luxury product that only the rich could afford, and at one time there was a discussion if it is good or bad for ones health. It was over the course of several hundred years that tea gained its place as a familiar drink among many household. Also, its health-giving properties were relatively recognized by the world.
Contrary to many people’s beliefs, drinking tea did not originate in Britain but in China. The true story begun in ancient china over 5,000 years ago. According to legend, Shen Nung, an early emperor was a skilled ruler, creative scientist and patron of the arts. His far-slighted edicts required, among other things, that all drinking water be boiled as a hygienic precaution.
One summer day while visiting a distant region of his realm, he and the court stopped to rest. In accordance to his ruling, the servants begun to boil water for the court to drink. Dried leaves from the near by bush fell into the boiling water, and a brown liquid was infused into the water. As a scientist, the Emperor was interested in the new liquid, drank some, and found it very refreshing.
And so, according to legend, tea was created. Mythologists thought the narrative was so practical that they believe that it was closely related to actual events.Late in the nineteenth century, tea became a very popular activity especially for women. It became a popular pastime back then.
But tea remained a beverage that was mostly drunk at home. Tea was drunk at breakfast by all social classes. Among the rich, it would typically accompany a vast spread of bread or toast, cold meats and pies, eggs or fish. Poor families usually began the day with a cup of tea, as well as bread and butter and perhaps porridge.
Tea was then drunk at regular intervals throughout the day. This shows how versatile tea is since it can be partnered with almost any dish for meal times.History would attest that back in the day tea was the most popular beverage served in coffee houses, but tea were so named because coffee arrived in Britain years before tea did. It used to be as expensive as the market for tea was controlled by England.
Only rich people were able to enjoy its luxury. It was only when the Chinese learned the art of growing these herbs that the market for such beverage was made available to its growing public. Tea became a witness to the revolution that was happening around it.The birth of free speech brought about by these coffee houses.
Even the black market was used to be controlled by tea merchants because of its value. This popular beverage served as an observer for the events that was happening around it. Its growing public caused it to evolve and many people engage themselves into developing and innovating the art of drinking tea. Thus, different kinds of tea emerged.
When a growing number of merchants compete for their own tea markets a number would send small bag of samples to coffee houses. Later, they saw that coffee houses used these bags to boil tea so that mess would not be made inside the kitchen. And also leaves would not mix with the water while drinking. This gave birth to the art of using tea bags when drinking tea.
Different concoctions also emerged as these coffee houses are competitive among its market. Thus, chai tea and iced tea became popular among the masses. This kind of concoctions varies from place to place and weather as they often played a vital role for its consuming public. Like in the Philippines, a tropical country, iced tea was a more popular choice than hot tea because of the humidity and the refreshing taste it does offer.
Not long ago, only bottled sodas and juices were available in the market. Now many companies saw the market for people enjoying the benefits of drinking tea and gave birth to bottled tea in the market.Different cultures may practice different art of drinking tea. Now we may say that like juice and coffee, tea has become an everyday drink for everybody enjoying not only as refreshment but also as a supplementary drink that provides health benefits as well.
Benefits of Drinking TeaStudies that support the health benefits of drinking tea have been very adamant all over the world. There’s no denying that a daily pot of tea does the body good. Even Though researchers can’t quite agree on every aspect, the fact is that a few cups a day will do its best to protect us from heart disease, a stroke, cancer and more.Tea contains high levels of antioxidants that help the body prevent harming other cells on board.
Antioxidants are disease preemptors ion finest form. Tea also contains fluoride which benefits our teeth and has bacteria killing properties which helps control bad breath and the formation of plaque. Although many of dentists agree, tea still marks teeth with stains but no permanent damage for drinkers.Below are some of the testimonies of people who have studied and believed the good effects of tea:* Tea consumption may help heart disease patients.
(the Journal of the American Heart Association, 2001)* Green tea could help stem esophageal cancer. (Harvard Medical School, 2004)* Green and Black Tea can slow the spread of prostate cancer. ( UCLA’s School of Medicine, 2004)* Colon, stomach and skin cancer may be lowered in risk by drinking green tea. (UCLA School of Public Health, 2001)* Green and oolong teas reduce risk of hypertension.
(National Cheng Kung University, 2004)* Tea believed to boost the body’s defenses ( National Academy of Sciences, 2003)* A green tea component helps kill leukemia cells (Mayo Clinic, 2004)* Drinking tea may also delay Alzheimer’s Disease( Newcastle University, 2004)There are many teas out in the market today launched in a direct response to the recent health conscious and socially responsible food and drink movement.Tea Information and Types of TeaIt has been proven that tea is the second most consumed beverage behind water. Tea is basically the dried and processed leaves of only one species of plant called camellia sinensis. Herbal teas and herbal infusions are not really teas, but simply dried flowers and/ or herbs.
There are essentially four types of tea; white tea, green tea, black tea and oolong tea.White tea is nothing more than the leaves of the camellia sinesis that have been processed a certain way. It is the least common among the four types. White teas are the least processed of any tea and therefore taste the most like fresh leaves or grass.
They also have the lowest amount of caffeine and most likely have the highest antioxidant properties.Green tea is nothing more than leaves of the herb that have been processed a certain way. It is one of the more common among the four types of tea. It is more like that of the white tea when it comes to taste.
It also has less caffeine than that of black and oolong. It is currently the trend here in our country wherein a few businessmen venture into turning green tea as refreshment for everybody.Oolong teas are the most difficult of the four types of teas to process. The best way describe oolong is that they are somewhere in between green and black tea.
This is because they are only partially oxidized during the processing.Black Tea is the most consumed among the four types of tea. They are the highest in caffeine, but still have antioxidant properties, just not quite as much as others.Tea also varies on the way they are prepared.
Iced tea is thought of by many nations as a wonderful beverage. It can be sweetened or not and also can be mixed with mint or lemon. The birth of iced tea was when there was a heat wave in China. Many people can get to the idea of drinking hot tea and that is when one of the coffee houses decided to put some ice on it.
It was a hit and a new way of drinking tea had instantly taken hold.Chai Tea is the actual word used in many countries. It has become as popular in the west as it was exposed to lattes in coffee and tea houses. Chai is a black tea that is brewed strong with a combination of spices and diluted milk and sugar.
The spices vary from recipe to recipe, but usually consist of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, pepper and ginger. Chai tea is traditionally consumed hot and sweet. The sweetness is needed to bring out the full flavors of the spices.