Thursday November 1, 2007 | 21 comments
Turns out that many folks in America do not drink tea due to five commonly held misperceptions about tea. Rather than simply tell you that research proves otherwise, T Ching would rather direct you to a respected and reliable website. Read the link and decide for yourself.
Misperception #3: Tea is bitter. Not if it is brewed correctly. Directions for a delicious cup of tea can be found here.
Misperception #4: Tea makes you anemic. This is a confusing issue due to a lot of contradictory research over the years. The link below is a research article that gives a clear explanation for all of the confusion. As a result, people who drink tea only occasionally should avoid drinking tea only during meals (milk too for that matter), but regular tea drinkers don’t need to worry. It appears that regular tea drinkers develop larger parotid glands (saliva) which releases more PRPs (Proline Rich Proteins) which binds with the tannins creating a PRP/tannin complex that is eliminated from the body without any effect on iron. Read it and drink! Pretty cool, huh!
Misperception #5: Tea is bad for children. Misperceptions 1, 2, and 4 led to this misperception. Learn the truth. And, if you want a snappy quotation, try this: Dr. John Foxe, professor of neuroscience, biology and psychology at the City University of New York, reports giving his 3 year old 6 or 7 cups of milky tea each day. Dr. Hakim, Professor at Arizona Cancer Center at the University of Arizona suggests “it might be good to switch the kids to tea.” Dr. Yang, a biochemist from Rutgers University, who is a cancer researcher, emphasizes that “It’s very clear, there is no published reports concerning toxicity due to tea consumption.”