While surfing the World Wide Web to bring you the hottest news in tea, I stumbled upon this article from the BBC. It talks about a new study showing that tea can help combat type 2 diabetes. What is so great about this article is not so much the outcome (it has been shown time and time again that this is the case for years now), but the test subject. You see, this article is about black tea, not green tea.
Science has long held this fascination, almost to the point of tunnel vision, when it comes to the health benefits of tea: it only studies green tea. This further perpetuates the belief that green tea is good for you, but other teas are not. If you’ve ever learned the basics of tea processing, this belief should seem slightly ridiculous (if you haven’t, check it out here: https://www.tavalon.com/TeaInfo.aspx). After all, all teas (black, green, white and oolong) come from the same plant, and therefore have the same chemical composition.
How many health benefits are lost in the processing differences between black and green teas? Not many. In fact, this study seems to prove it: tea, in general, is good for you. Therefore, if you want to get the most health benefits out of drinking tea, the real key is to find one that fits your tastes. Doctors say that to get the full health benefits you’ve got to drink 3-4 cups daily. For most folks, that’s a lot of tea, so it’s got to be something you like (otherwise, you’ll drop it quicker than a new year’s resolution).
It is especially victorious for me to see black tea in the health benefit limelight. When most Americans think of black tea, they associate it with the English and all the poor health they embody. So the fact that an article (ahem, from the English) shows that black tea is healthy, it makes the impact of the article of twofold importance (worthy, even, of blogging about).