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Tea Time

A healthy cuppa

Tea has hardly any calories and is low in sodium. It contains traces of proteins and carbohydrates, amino acids and lipids, but has more important quantities of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Tannins in tea are naturally-occurring falvonoids with strong antioxident properties, according to a growing body of research. Antioxidant-rich foods may play a role in reducing the risk of certain cancers, heart disease and stroke.

Researchers at the second International Symposium on Tea and Human Health (held in Washington D.C. in Sept. 1998) concluded that black and green tea have comparable health benefits and that adding milk to tea doesn't inhibit the body's ability to benefit from the antioxidants.

Tea is an all-natural beverage, containing no additives, no artificial flavours or colours. When it is taken without milk or sugar it is calorie-free and is a tasty way to increase fluid intake during the day.

According to the Canada's Food Guide, tea contains 2-to-3 times less caffeine than coffee. The Food Guide states that a moderate daily limit of up to 450 mg of caffeine is within the recommended limit for most people (this would be an average of 10 to 12 cups a day)

Caffeine leves vary depending on the type of tea and brewing time. A cup of tea generally contains an average of 34 mg of caffeine.

Green tea contains caffeine in comparable amounts to that of black tea.

Source: Tea Council of Canada and the British Tea Council

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