Friday, June 22, 2012

Sorry for the lack of posts this week. We just got back from our 1st family vacation with all the kids... YES, we survived! :) We all had a great time in Gatlinberg, TN. We managed to make it back in one piece and we are exhausted! :) I will post some pictures next week... Now lets talk tea! I was recently on The Tea Being website and came across this great post on Antioxidants and thought I would pass along this great information to ya'll.

The Benefits of Antioxidants

Antioxidants are substances or nutrients in our foods which can prevent or slow the oxidative damage to our body. When our body cells use oxygen, they naturally produce free radicals (by-products) which can cause damage. Antioxidants act as "free radical scavengers" and hence prevent and repair damage done by these free radicals. Health problems such as heart disease, macular degeneration, diabetes, cancer etc are all contributed by oxidative damage. Indeed, a recent study conducted by researchers from London found that 5 servings of fruits and vegetables reduce the risk of stroke by 25 percent. Antioxidants may also enhance immune defense and therefore lower the risk of cancer and infection.

Caffeine Facts

Caffeine Comparison per 8 Ounce Cup

ProductWater Temp.Brew TimeCaffeine Content
CoffeeDrip Maker20-160 mg
Black TeaBoiling4-5 min.40-80 mg
Oolong Tea185-1952-5 min.20-60 mg
Green Tea170-1801-3 min.4-20 mg
White Tea180-1903-5 min.10-40 mg
RooibosBoiling4-6 min.0 mg
HerbalBoiling4-6 min.0 mg

  • Coffee has more caffeine per 8 ounce cup than the most highly caffeinated tea.
  • Loose leaf teas deliver less caffeine in your cup than their bagged counterparts.
  • Caffeine in moderation, defined as 400 milligrams per day, is fine and may be beneficial.
  • Caffeine in tea stimulates digestion, metabolism, kidneys and liver, helping to eliminate toxins from the body.

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