TeaA Beverage of History and Health By Megan Horn
History of Tea • A religious offering in Western Zhou Dynasty • Was drank only by royalty in Han Dynasty • Only until Tang Dynasty was it drank by lower classes • Spread to Japan during Tang Dynasty • Buddhists created the Japanese Tea Ceremony • Arrived in England during 17th Century
Tea Types • White • light color & flavor • very low caffeine • Green • often blended with fruit or flowers • one cup has only 5-10% the caffeine in a cup of coffee • Oolong • a full-bodied flavor with a sweet aroma • 15% the caffeine in a cup of coffee
Tea Types Continued • Black • Well known here • 20% of the caffeine in a cup of coffee • Herbal • Contains no leaves from the tea plant • Herbal infusions • Fruit • Flowers • Herbs • Usually caffeine free
More Tea Types • Rooibos • Made from South African red bush • Caffeine free • Mate • Made from leaves & twigs of Yerba Mate plant • Contains same energy of coffee without jitters
Health Benefits • Tea contains antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals • Many teas are good for your skin, teeth, and bones • It is also known to be good for cholesterol, circulation, the cardiovascular system, immune system, and digestive system
Sources • "Types of Tea." - Green, Black, White, Oolong & Herbal Teas. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2012. <http://www.teavana.com/tea-info/types-of-tea>. • Japanese Tea Ceremony. Digital image. Japanese Tea Ceremony. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2012. <http://www.japaneseteaceremony.org/>. • White Tea - Pai Mu Tan. Digital image. Island Teas- Enhancing Everyday Living. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2012. <http://www.islandteashop.com/White_Tea/index.php>. • SleepytimeÂ® K-CupÂ® Herbal Tea. Digital image. Greenmountain.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2012. <http://www.greenmountaincoffee.com/Coffee/K-Cup-Celestial-Sleepytime-Herbal-Tea>. • Jintu - Rooibos Tea. Digital image. Jintu - Rooibos Tea. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2012. <http://www.itmonline.org/jintu/rooibos.htm>.