First of all, let us start by saying that our body needs enough fluids every day and drinking tea adds to our fluid intake. So, drinking tea is a flavorful way of drinking water. Apart from fluid intake, scientists and researchers have discovered many benefits of drinking tea. It is scientifically proven, tea leaves contain polyphenolic flavonoids and catechins (anti-oxidants) 10 times the amount found in regular fruits and vegetables. Anti-oxidants play a vital role in our immune system, it helps to protect cells against the effect of free radicals. Researchers also say, drinking tea improves blood flow, heart diseases, fat accumulation, and insulin activity. The research is still an on-going process and there is yet good news to come.
Researchers also suggest the tea leaves grown in high altitudes like Nepal (Himalayas) have a better health perspective. Teas are grown in Nepal at the foothills of the Himalayas where modern civilization exists in the minimum, untouched from pollution. Cars and SUVs are things of wonder to the locals there. It’s more off-road drive, away from concrete.
Apart from these, many of us are concerned about Caffeine consumption. The truth is, there are no such tea leaves that come caffeine-free. But the level of caffeine in tea is very low than that of coffee and it also varies by the type of tea. Black teas, CTC masala have more caffeine than Oolong and green teas, and then white teas, respectively. And as for the serious tea drinker but who is also concerned about caffeine can opt to lower the caffeine level by washing or rinsing the tea leaves. It is the caffeine in tea that gives a waking-up call and on the same side, it keeps you calm as well. Tea is a wonderful drink that way.
Does tea have an expiry date?
The question has been raised time and again. Tea does not have an expiry date rather it will only lose its freshness and flavor. The shelf life of teas depends on the type of tea and how you store. Green teas are the most vulnerable and are best consumed before 18 months. Black teas stored or packaged in tin foil, canisters or solid airtight containers are better with shelf life, it will last 3 years and more depending on the type of tea and how it was produced or processed. Paper packaged black teas will have a lesser shelf life. High-grade black teas are better when they age. However, it is recommended to keep away from light.
Image location: Mount Everest Base Camp (EBC) | 2018
Tea personalities from many countries including Australia were invited by the Nepal Tea & Coffee Board in the inauguration of the Nepal Tea logo.