You hear so much about the health benefits of Green Tea, but you never her the health benefits of everyday black tea. Studies by experts at Harvard University show all types of tea contain chemicals that reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. coffee contains similar substances. However there is a larger amount of one chemical associated with reducing the risk of diabetes.
Studies carried out on over a million people showed that those who drank between three to five cups of tea or coffee per day had the lowest risk of heart attacks and strokes. Of course scientific evidence is not conclusive but at lease tea and coffee are not bad for you.
Discovery of Tea
It has been said that an ancient Chinese Emperor Sheng Nung was boiling water outside when leaves landed in his pot. He noticed that it made a rather tasty drink. This story may not be accurate, however archaeological evidence shows that people in China have been drinking tea for over 1500 years. However tea only came over to Europe less than 500 years ago.
Tea was an expensive luxury in the 17th century, only those who could afford it would buy it. None the less throughout the years the price gradually dropped and tea became accessible to all. In Victorian times they were encouraged to drink tea instead of alcohol – this is where the term ‘teetotal’ came from.