10 MYTHS ABOUT TEA THAT NEED TO UNCOVER RIGHT NOW
Tea that we know and love is found Five thousand years ago, when Chinese Emperor, Shen Nong, is accidentally brewed the first cup of tea when a leaf fell into his boiling water. The story goes on and the world recognized the beneficial properties of tea.
However, there are many myths that surround the consumption of tea and the truth behind these myths remains blurry to many.
Let’s dive into some of the myths about tea that you need to uncover right away.
1. HERBAL TEAS ARE TEA
You must have heard about herbal teas, but they are not real teas. All the teas must be derived from Camellia Sinensis plant.
Herbal teas are any blend derived from flower, roots, or stems of any other known plant. Herbal teas are also known as Tisane.
2. DECAFFEINATED TEA IS FREE OF CAFFEINE
All teas are naturally caffeinated. It is impossible to remove all caffeine from tea.
There will always be a trace amount, usually less than 5 percent.
3. TEA DEHYDRATES YOU
This one is definitely not true. “Tea is 99 percent water and assist with hydration.”
Drinking more water always keeps you hydrated. Sometimes green tea can leave a feeling of dryness in the mouth, but this only cause slightly more fluid loss than water.
4. ALL TEAS HAVE EQUAL BENEFITS
All teas have benefits, but it doesn’t mean quality is not important.
The healthiest tea is the freshest and least degraded by poor packaging or inadequate storage.
5. TEA DOESN’T GO BAD
The tea compounds that produce flavor and health benefits degrade with time and exposure to light, air and moisture.
Tea, if kept in an airtight container should last a long time, at least 6 months.
6. DRINKING TEA HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT
Drinking tea can increase metabolism and energy to encourage more activity, and can also replace high calorie beverages.
7. GREEN TEA IS BITTER
Green tea can be bitter if it is brewed improperly. But in reality, Green tea has most astringency. If it is brewed properly, it can be very sweet.
8. BLACK TEA HAS THE MOST CAFFEINE AND WHITE TEA HAS LEAST
There are lots of other factors that define amount of caffeine in a cup of tea like the amount of loose leaf used, total steeping time, etc. It is nearly impossible to predict the amount of caffeine in brewed cup of tea. White tea with a high percentage of whole buds may contain more caffeine than black tea.
9. GREEN TEA IS HEALTHIER THAN BLACK TEA
It’s not like that. Green tea seems healthier because more research has been done on green tea than black tea.
10. GREEN, BLACK, OOLONG, PU-ERH, AND WHITE TEAS ALL COME FROM DIFFERENT PLANTS
Not true, all true teas are came from Camellia Sinensis plant. But all of them processed differently, that’s what make them non-identical.