Tea Health / Education

Sugary Drink Taxes Gaining Momentum

Taxes on sugary drinks that met with opposition in decades past are gaining favor. In 2014 Berkeley, California, led the movement to impose a “sugary beverage tax” and was followed by San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Cook County, Illinois. Seattle will consider imposing a 2-cents-per ounce tax this month. When it comes to raising taxes,...

Bone-Marrow Disorder Patients May Benefit from Green Tea

Patients facing often-fatal medical complications associated with bone-marrow disorders may benefit from a polyphenol found in green tea, according to information released by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis. The researchers’ paper, “Aggregation of Full Length Immunoglobulin Light Chains from AL Amyloidosis Patients Is Remodeled by Epigallocatechin-3-gallate,” was published in the Journal of...

Tea for the Heart

Good news for tea-loving romantics. Showing your loved one you care with a gift of tea is a gesture that aims straight for the heart. According to a new study published in the journal Heart, drinking a daily cup of tea can reduce heart disease. The study assessed the association between tea consumption and...

Watch Out for Empty Calories in Your Tea

You might be surprised just how many empty calories you’re adding to your tea each day. More than 160 million people in the U.S. regularly drink coffee or tea. Roughly two-thirds of coffee drinkers and one-third of tea drinkers add sugar, cream, flavorings or other calorie-rich additives, according to researcher Ruopeng An. “These add-in...

Global Tea Initiative Excites Professionals

DAVIS, Calif. “I have never before seen so much tea talent assembled in one room,” said one of the Global Tea Initiative Colloquium participants to UC Davis Prof. Katharine Burnett, organizer of the Global Tea Initiative at the university world famous for its department of viticulture and enology. With the Second Annual Colloquium, Burnett...

Rooibos Extracts Credited with Undoing Skin Damage

Rooibos can undo some of the damage caused by the sun’s harmful ultra-violet rays, according to a report released by the South African Rooibos Council. Once the skin has been exposed to the sun’s rays, rooibos extracts have the ability to remove precancerous damaged cells and to block the onset of inflammation, said Professor...

Mindful Eating Tops Dieting in Survey

Dieting poses problems for dietitians but a course of “mindful eating” can motivate consumers to eat healthily. The fourth annual “What’s Trending in Nutrition” survey by Today’s Dietitian and Pollock Communications showed a decline in consumers’ interest in dieting. “Instead, results showed that many consumers are choosing clean (59%) and mindful eating (49%) to...

Sugar’s Calories May Serve as Destressor

The beverage industry has been increasingly replacing sugar with non-nutritive sweeteners in its products to control or reduce total calories. It turns out it’s the calories in sugar that may be what reduces acute stress. A study comparing the effects of sugar and non-nutritive sweeteners on an individual’s emotional state explored whether these two...

Battling Cancer with Tea

The book Cancer Hates Tea, by Maria Uspenski, founder and CEO of The Tea Spot in Boulder Colo., is now for sale. The official publication date is Dec. 13, however copies can be preordered on Amazon. Uspenski said the book also is available wholesale through The Tea Spot’s website. Published by Page Street Books,...

Caffeine May Lower Older Women’s Risk of Dementia

A substantial daily dose of caffeine—the equivalent of five to six cups of tea a day—may help older women lower their odds of dementia or cognitive impairment, according to a study published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. “Compared with women who consumed a low amount of caffeine...