How to make the healthiest cup of tea

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How to make the healthiest cup of tea

Postby Ansel » Feb 15th, '12, 14:04

:-)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17030879

Tea expert Dr Tim Bond explains how to make the healthiest cup of tea with the help of TV presenter Cherry Healey and the Women's Institute.

Brewing tea longer increases the level of antioxidants called flavonoids, also found in fruit and vegetables, which may help in the fight against heart disease and cancer by neutralising harmful chemicals in the blood.

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Re: How to make the healthiest cup of tea

Postby Chip » Feb 15th, '12, 14:16

... or just do more steeps (which increases cumulative brewing time)! :idea:

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Re: How to make the healthiest cup of tea

Postby teaisme » Feb 15th, '12, 14:44

Hehe antioxidants :roll:

Chip wrote:... or just do more steeps (which increases cumulative brewing time)! :idea:


+1 Also keeps your tea warmer to drink + much more gentle (healthy I dare say?) on the body then an extended long steep

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Re: How to make the healthiest cup of tea

Postby debunix » Feb 15th, '12, 16:51

Chip wrote:... or just do more steeps (which increases cumulative brewing time)! :idea:


Doesn't matter how 'healthy' it is, I wouldn't touch a 10 minutes infusion of an aggressive young sheng. But give me the same tea and do it gongfu style, with 20 infusions or so, and I'll have enjoyed drinking 10-20 minutes' cumulative steeping by the end.

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Re: How to make the healthiest cup of tea

Postby Chip » Feb 16th, '12, 01:28

Although I do not drink tea for its health benefits ... directly ... I do drink it as a healthy alternative to much worse alternatives ...

Having said that, you have to be able to drink the tea in order to derive these so called health benefits. If a cuppa is undrinkable after a 10 minute steep, how often are you likely to drink tea? Likely once or twice. And in turn have zero health benefits from tea thereafter. :idea:

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Re: How to make the healthiest cup of tea

Postby tony shlongini » Feb 16th, '12, 15:06

Chip wrote:... or just do more steeps (which increases cumulative brewing time)! :idea:


This.

I love nothing more than listening to clueless experts. Why not strive to brew the tea so it tastes its best? That way you'll drink more.

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Re: How to make the healthiest cup of tea

Postby MIKE_B » Feb 16th, '12, 15:09

Enjoyment, satisfaction is healthy.
Taking the time to brew a fine cup of tea has to be good for you.

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Re: How to make the healthiest cup of tea

Postby CupofTree » Feb 16th, '12, 16:28

MIKE_B wrote:Enjoyment, satisfaction is healthy.
Taking the time to brew a fine cup of tea has to be good for you.


I agree :)

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Re: How to make the healthiest cup of tea

Postby Proinsias » Feb 18th, '12, 08:57

I only seen some of the show, my better half decided we should turn it off as I was beginning to shout at the television.

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Re: How to make the healthiest cup of tea

Postby Chip » Feb 18th, '12, 09:22

:lol:

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Re: How to make the healthiest cup of tea

Postby tony shlongini » Feb 27th, '12, 10:55

Proinsias wrote:I only seen some of the show, my better half decided we should turn it off as I was beginning to shout at the television.


Hey, I know that dude. You sent me some liu an a few years ago. Still can't get the taste out of my mouth. :lol:

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Re: How to make the healthiest cup of tea

Postby Proinsias » Feb 27th, '12, 16:12

You're not alone here Tony, I inflicted it on Chip and a few others too. I think Chip keeps the taste at bay by drinking litres of secha every day, might be worth a shot.

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Re: How to make the healthiest cup of tea

Postby Chip » Feb 27th, '12, 17:15

Proinsias wrote:You're not alone here Tony, I inflicted it on Chip and a few others too. I think Chip keeps the taste at bay by drinking litres of secha every day, might be worth a shot.

When I saw Tony's reference to a tasting of this rather vile brew, I smiled thinking he must have been in on this tasting as well.

I got through one session at the time ... barely. It was a hair raising experience. And a few years later another try ... it was as bad as the first. :twisted:

It remains in my pu-erh sample drawer (yeah yeah, I know it is not pu-erh) where my heirs may find it one day and may suspect foul play in my demise. :idea:

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Re: How to make the healthiest cup of tea

Postby tony shlongini » Mar 1st, '12, 13:37

It certainly has the most medicinal taste I ever encountered in a tea.

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Re: How to make the healthiest cup of tea

Postby Chip » Mar 1st, '12, 14:12

tony shlongini wrote:It certainly has the most medicinal taste I ever encountered in a tea.

... like eating aspirin ... :twisted:

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