As you will quickly realise on this blog, we love to put the spotlight on tea (duh!). Most of us have tea with breakfast to start our day. We, therefore, wanted to share 10 fun tea facts that may surprise you.
1/ 100 million cups of tea are drunk daily in the UK
The British are strongly associated with the hot beverage and are well known for their love of tea, however, this number is still staggering. (The UK Tea & Infusions Association).
2/ Tea was created over 5000 years ago in China
As legend goes, in 2737 BC, Shen Nung, the Chinese emperor and famed herbalist, sat beneath a Camellia sinensis tree as his servant boiled some drinking water. A few leaves from the tree blew into the water and Shen Nung decided to taste the infusion which was unintentionally created. The resulting drink is what we now know as tea. As with legends, it is impossible to verify the validity of the story however drinking of tea was established in China as far back as the Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) with containers for tea being found in their tombs.
3/ Tea contains half the amount of caffeine as coffee
You can consume more tea without the negative side effects of too much caffeine stimulation in your body.
4/ There are an estimated 1,500 varieties of teas*
5/ Tea is a natural source of fluoride
It can help protect your teeth from decay and gum disease.
6/ Green Tea & Black Tea come from the same plant
These teas are produced from the leaves of the plant referred to botanically as Camellia sinensis. The difference in the teas is in how they are processed. Black tea is fermented so it is exposed to air to trigger this fermentation process, however, green tea is pan-fried to prevent fermentation.
7/ Tea contains antioxidants called flavonoids
Antioxidants can assist in the prevention of heart disease and cancers as well as damage caused by pollution.
Side Note– Antioxidants are also in dark chocolate, read more here
8/ The world’s top 3 tea producers are #1 China, #2 India & #3 Kenya
Sri Lanka and Vietnam are #4 and #5 respectively
9/ Turkey is the largest per capita tea drinking nation
The Republic of Ireland is #2 followed by the UK in third place.
10/ Chocolate tea exists!
For chocolate lovers like myself, chocolate tea is a godsend giving you the lovely chocolate flavour with minimal calories and all the health benefits of tea 😀 Be still my beating heart…
“Tea is always a good idea.” Anonymous
Which one of the fun tea facts in this post is most surprising to you?
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