National Hot Tea Month
Did you know that tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, after water?
It’s true! Tea lovers have over 1,500 varieties to choose from. Tea has played a major role in many cuisines and cultures. January is National Hot Tea Month, a delightful time to brew a delicious cup and learn more about the beverage that has brought us joy for so many years.
You’re less likely to experience a crash after consuming caffeine when drinking tea, compared to coffee. That’s because tea contains high levels of antioxidants, which slows the absorption of caffeine. This means the caffeine hits your system in a more gentle, mild way so you’ll still have the alert sense that caffeine is known for without a crash when your cup is empty. A cup of black coffee contains about 40 mg of caffeine compared to 105 mg found in a cup of drip coffee, so your caffeine consumption will be lower than if you were having a cup of joe.
One pound of tea that is ready to drink is actually made up of nearly 2,000 very small leaves! Over 25 countries cultivate tea as a plantation crop and the cream of the crop is harvested by hand from plants located in very high elevations.
Want the best cup of tea? Knowing the proper protocol for steeping is key. The type of tea you’re making will dictate how long to steep, which is essential to the perfect brew. If you love black tea, aim for 3-5 minutes of steeping for optimal taste, using water that reaches 200 degrees Fahrenheit. White tea has a shorter steeping time and temperature, namely a minute or two at 170 degrees.
Tea contains a plethora of health benefits. One of the most powerful is polyphenols, potent antioxidants that are instrumental in repairing cells and could prove helpful in fighting diabetes, cancers and cardiovascular disease. You’ll find effective flavonoids and polyphenols in green, black, white and red tea.
If you’d like to celebrate National Hot Tea Month, consider trying out a new tea that you’ve never experienced. It doesn’t mean giving up the varieties you love, but as we age, our preferences change, too. Ask friends for recommendations of their favorites, browse online or ask the staff at your local tea shop.
Another way to properly honor National Hot Tea Month is to enjoy a pot of tea in the company of family or friends. Spending time catching up with a mug of hot tea can be soothing for your soul and psyche!
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