Flavonoids are found ubiquitously in the plant kingdom, and are considered the most common group of polyphenolic compounds in the human diet. As my loyal readers undoubtedly know, tea is teeming with these flavonoids, specifically the potent antioxidant compound known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and a few others.
But what you may not know is that, although flavonoids are found in most plants, the vast majority that are part of the human diet come from one plant in particular, Camellia sinensis – A.K.A., tea.
In fact, at a recent International Conference on Polyphenols and Health, scientists reported that tea provides more flavonoids to the average American diet than any food or beverage in the U.S. food supply. The study found that tea provides nearly 90% of the flavonoid antioxidants per capita in U.S. diet.
If you were worried that the growing popularity of tea was just a fad, this study should alleviate those fears incontrovertibly!