Author Archives: Stephenie Overman

Cheese Tea Sounds Weird, But How Does It Taste?

Cheese tea – think cream cheese, not gouda – is the new cool beverage craze in Asia. The green or fruit teas are topped with frothy cream cheese, served slightly sweet or sprinkled with sea salt. The trend “was thought to have started a few years ago, with the introduction of popular tea shops...

Black Tea Flavonoids May Help Tame the Flu

It is possible that flavonoids in black tea, red wine and blueberries work with gut microbes – those found in the digestive tract — to protect against flu and other viral infections. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that a particular gut microbe can prevent severe flu infections in...

EGCG May Protect Against Memory Loss, Insulin Resistance

EGCG, the major polyphenol in green tea, may protect against memory loss and counter some of the harmful effects of high-fat, high-sugar diet, a new study finds. EGCG may also decrease insulin resistance, which is linked to the development of Type 2 diabetes, according to the study, conducted at the College of Food Science...

Mobile Units Bring Medical Treatment to Tea Laborers

For the first time mobile medical units (MMUs) will be deployed to provide treatment for laborers in Assam’s tea gardens. Under the auspices of the National Health Mission, 80 medical units made up of two vehicles each will visit 320 gardens in the 12 districts of the state to provide health services to the...

Herbal Tea Break May Protect Liver

Taking a herbal tea break may prevent hardening of the liver, according to researchers at Erasmus MC University Medical Centre, Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Frequent consumption of herbal tea—or coffee—was inversely related with liver stiffness, the researchers wrote in a study published in the Journal of Hepatology and reported on by Science Daily. Non-alcoholic...

The Romance Continues with Revised Tea Book

There will be no fireworks, no champagne party, no marching bands when the second edition of “The Romance of Tea” makes its debut June 13 at the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas. It will be “just two long-time friends who still believe that tea has a history that needs to be re-told to...

Expo Exhibitors Show Off Electric Tea Brewers

Exhibitors at the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas will be showing off electronic tea brewers with lots of bells and whistles for both home and tea shops. Gourmia Gourmia.com expects to exhibit six electronic tea brewers at the expo, including: GWTC8500 – The WiFi Square Craft Tea Infuser & Coffee Brewer includes app...

Tea Experts See Health, Flavor Benefits from Genome Research

Tea experts predict that the newly successful sequencing of the tea tree genome will result in new cultivars with unique flavors, tailored levels of caffeine, and perhaps improved health qualities. Researchers from Kunming Institute of Botany in China, led by plant geneticist Lizhi Gao, sequenced the tea tree genome (cultivar Yunkang 10) from Yunnan...

White Tea Shows Promise in Slowing Fat Cell Growth

White tea shows promise in slowing the growth of fat cells and may even stop new fat cells from forming, according to the article “White Tea: Solution To Obesity Epidemic?” published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism. Dr. Adrienne Youdim, associate professor of medicine at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, discussed the importance of...

Tocklai Tea Institute to Receive Funding

Aid is on the way to financially troubled Tocklai Tea Research Institute, India’s premier tea research institution, which is jointly funded by the government and industry through the Tea Research Association (TRA). “The [government] allocation for the next financial year 2017–18 has been brought back to the previous level of 2015–16, which will be...