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How good is tea for you?

I am stopping my coffee intake right now.. and I like something warm in the morning. I am trying to get into drinking tea. I am drinking a tazo passion tea right now. caffine free. Is tea good for you when you want to lose weight? is caffine tea okay to drink on a diet? I really know nothing about it.

Wed. Feb 28, 11:39am

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ggod question. I've completely cut out coffee and I drink about 2 mugs of tea a day now. Mostly white and green tea. How much is too much? Any suggestions?

Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 7:19 PM

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Yes it's good for you, yes caffeine is generally okay on a diet. Below is a succinct list of why tea is good for you -- while there are other, more academic sources for this information, this list is the most comprehensive I've come across.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 7:53 PM

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Tea is mostly water so its not horrible. If you drink caffine free than I cant see that being an issue. Green Tea is said to help you loose wait. I have a stress problem that has lead to an ulcer and my doctor told me to try a hot tea that is for relaxing. Tazo has one and it is AMAZING!! A couple sweet and lows and its such a good treat.

Thursday, March 01, 2007, 12:38 PM

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Is Tea good for you?

I think green tea is better for you, but black tea is so much tastier. Is black tea good for you?

Monday, September 10, 2007, 2:50 PM

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i hope so im not sure i could do without???

Monday, September 10, 2007, 3:02 PM

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In moderation, black tea is fine. White tea, though, is the best for you as it is packed with antioxidants (it's even better for you than green tea).

Monday, September 10, 2007, 3:58 PM

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Tea

I've read somewhere that green tea can prevent your body from absorbing iron. This is not good news to me because I tend to have low iron naturally (it runs in the family). Can anyone confirm this as fact or myth?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008, 8:41 PM

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tea

Tea only prevents your body from absorbing iron only when drunk with a meal. You should drink tea between meals instead of with the meals because it takes away from the nutrients found in your fruits and vegetables

Friday, December 12, 2008, 9:26 AM

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I've been an avid tea drinker all my life, growing up with an English Canadian grandmother who brought the tradition of high tea to my life at an early age.

As I've grown older what I have discovered after much experimenting around is to stay away from the tea's that list 'natural flavors' in the ingredients. You'll be surprised how many there are once you start looking. This can mean glutamates, and those trigger eating for me. I do fine with herbal teas and occasionally a white or green tea if I have a lot to do and want a boost of caffeine. I must say, if I weren't decaffeinated I would still be drinking black tea, I do miss it, but I can't sleep now when I drink it. Big sigh....

Friday, December 12, 2008, 10:41 AM

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I have read that you have to drink an insane amount of tea (12 -16 cups) in order for a person to get all of the antioxidants. That being said, tea would certainly be better for you than most drinks out there.

Friday, December 12, 2008, 10:46 AM

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umami in geen tea

i just saw something this month that said that green tea has umami flavor (they recently discoered this new tastebud along with sweet, salty, sour & bitter). so if you're hungry, try green tea.

I tried it the other night when it was 9p.m. and I didn't want to snack - worked for me. You only need 8 oz.

Friday, December 12, 2008, 5:31 PM

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Ah, Tea.

I drink both white and green tea (two cups each daily) - unflavored. Mainly because I was a coffee drinker for years and it was making me gain wieght or keeping it on. So I heard that green tea can help you lose ten pounds so I tryed it cutting coffee totally from my diet. I lost more than ten pounds but there were other factors involved as well. I cut suger out of my diet except dark chocolate which is good for your skin and heart. I eat the 85% cocoa kind of chocolate with little suger. I exercise three times a week now lifting weights, stair climber, etc. and get my natural suger from fruit especially oranges which are high in C. White tea has been known to block DHT which is what makes men loss their hair as they age. This is why I started drinking it but I mainly just drink pain old water with my meals and drin over eight glasses a day. I found that water is wonderful for your body above all other things of course but tea's like white and green help as well. However, because I drink a lot of tea each day I get really thirsty so I drink more water than normal. Is this bad? I don't know I may just continue to drink just white tea for my hair. It seems to be helping me.

Sunday, December 14, 2008, 11:08 PM

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Well, is Tea bad for you?

I've been drinking quite a bit of tea recently for the flavor. It helps me to stay away from diet sodas and such that I think would be worse.

I don't care if it provides me with benefits, but I don't want it to hurt me.

Is drinking a lot of tea bad for you in anyway? Does it dehydrate you for example?

Monday, December 15, 2008, 4:07 PM

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if it has caffeine in it it can.

Monday, December 15, 2008, 6:53 PM

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I love tea. Especially spearmint and green tea.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008, 3:47 PM

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from about.com

The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter takes on added importance when you consider that thrombosis (the formation of abnormal blood clots) is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.

Links are being made between the effects of drinking green tea and the "French Paradox." For years, researchers were puzzled by the fact that, despite consuming a diet rich in fat, the French have a lower incidence of heart disease than Americans. The answer was found to lie in red wine, which contains resveratrol, a polyphenol that limits the negative effects of smoking and a fatty diet. In a 1997 study, researchers from the University of Kansas determined that EGCG is twice as powerful as resveratrol, which may explain why the rate of heart disease among Japanese men is quite low, even though approximately seventy-five percent are smokers.

Why don't other Chinese teas have similar health-giving properties? Green, oolong, and black teas all come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. What sets green tea apart is the way it is processed. Green tea leaves are steamed, which prevents the EGCG compound from being oxidized. By contrast, black and oolong tea leaves are made from fermented leaves, which results in the EGCG being converted into other compounds that are not nearly as effective in preventing and fighting various diseases.



Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 9:15 PM

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This about.com post is awesome!! Thank you. I never knew it was the processing of the black tea that made it different from the green tea but that totally makes sense.

Thursday, September 30, 2010, 10:43 AM

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Re: Umami in green tea

I work at Teavana (a fast-growing tea shop in the States), and we actually just received a new umami herbal tea, Dokudami Umami. It's a very healthful blend of Chinese and Japanese herbs that all promote digestion and production of mucous lining and also have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. The dokudami, in particular, has been used for centuries to fight free radicals and support the immune system. You can drink it on its own, but it also blends well with Dragonwell (Chinese green) and our Skinny Chai Pu-erh. :)

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Sunday, November 28, 2010, 2:44 PM

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I drink 3-4 cups of tea a day...first cup is black then the rest are green/white mix. If you drink decaf tea the chemical process removes all the good things that are in the tea so you might as well just drink water. To sweeten my tea I use either honey or organic agave nectar.

Sunday, November 28, 2010, 2:56 PM

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