Tea- one of the most beloved beverage all around the globe. There is something about a cup of tea that makes dealing with stress or pulling out the laziness from you very easy. For some tea is a beverage but for many it is a tradition that is deep rooted into our cultures. Not to forget tea has so many proven health benefits.
What is tea you may ask? According to the pundits (tea Nazis) only black tea, white tea, green tea, pu-erh tea, and oolong tea are the real ones, as per the general beliefs, something that can be brewed is often called as tea. However, no matter what tea you fancy, there are certain myths hovering about the general category of tea that you need to know:
Black tea is not as healthy as green tea…
Both black tea and green tea have beneficial and potent antioxidants. The oxidation and fermentation process dictates whether the tea leaves will turn black or green. During the process catechins, antioxidants present in green tea, gets converted into theaflavins that are found in black tea.
If you want to lose weight, learn to love green tea
People who like to keep a check on their weight love green tea and preach about its benefits for losing weight. But guess what, it is a myth. Even though green tea contains the stimulant which increases the metabolism in your body, the sheer quantity of that stimulant is microscopic. So, sadly, drinking 4-5 cups of green tea a day will not help in shedding those kilos from your body.
Herbal Tea ≠ No caffeine
Before we break this myth, there is another myth that needs to be broke, and it will not be easy to digest. Herbal tea is not a real tea, since real tea comes from processing the Camellia Sinensis plant rather herbal tea comes from soaking herbs, flowers, plant barks, roots, or seeds in hot water.
We are not saying that all herbal teas contain caffeine, but herbal teas like Guarana tea or Yerba mate tea have caffeine in them, so we advise you to read the label before picking up a herbal tea from the shelf.
If you add milk to tea, you miss out on benefits.
A common misbelief surrounds around milk and tea, people think if they add milk to their tea they will remove its health benefits. In fact, in a study published by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the number of antioxidants absorbed by the water has nothing to do with the fact that it has milk added to it or not. Additionally, milk is good for your bones, it has calcium, why would you not add milk?
Tea made from loose tea and tea bags are the same
We know it is so convenient to make tea using the tea bags, so hassle free and get ready to drink in no time, but we think this will change you soon. The tea leaves in the tea bags are mostly dust and fannings (small broken pieces of tea leaves that are left after the high grade ones are separated) and thus they lack the oils and aroma that you get from the loose leaves.