BLACK TEA HAS SEVERAL HEALTH BENEFITS: SAY STUDIES
Tea is one of the most consumed beverages of the world, so it is a most talked about one. There are so many myths over tea and there is no end to researches and opinions. These days, all health advisors inspire you to switch to green tea for its numerous health benefits; so there is an underlining suggestion that black tea is not ‘healthy’. But it is not the truth. 2-3 cups of black tea per day can give you a number of health benefits like
- A fall in the cholesterol level
- Glucose regulation
- Supply of anti-oxidants
- Mental accuracy
And some other benefits too.
But a greater consumption of black tea (more than 5 cups a day) can lead to serious troubles like anxiety, stress, insomnia, acidity, heartburn and even diarrhea.
Why to select loose leaf black tea?
The loose leaf tea is the only choice for tea connoisseurs as it preserves the wholeness of tea. Loose leaf tea is made from the first 2-3 leaves of the plant while for CTC leaves, five leaves are collected. The process of leaf collection is carefully sophisticated in case of loose leaf tea. The CTC leaves are spoiled through the steps of processing. CTC leaves are crushed in machine but the loose leaf tea is hand rolled. CTC tea makes strong liquor but gives minimal flavor while the whole leaf tea actually yields the original flavor of tea.
Also, loose leaf black tea contains a negligible amount of caffeine; so consumption of 2-3 cups of loose leaf black tea per day is good for health.
Which flush of black tea is good?
Green tea, black tea or white tea, all are produced from the same plant—camellia sinensis. The time of pick-up and the method of processing decide the end product. Black tea is produced when the tea leaves undergo the maximum amount of oxidation and withering.
There is a classification scale for tea depending upon the time of pickup. After the hibernation of winter, the first fresh leaves and buds bloom in the spring, around the month of February. So, this season is called the first flush for tea and it is followed by the second flush, monsoon flush and autumn flush. With the advance of seasons or flushes, the tea leaves grow longer and yield stronger flavor.
The first flush tea yields the subtlest taste and flavor; so it is kept untouched and pristine as much as possible; the leaves are not much withered or oxidized. The market value is highest for the first flush. In the later flushes the tea leaves become mature. The second flush gives a bold flavor, the monsoon flush gives a roasted flavor and the autumnal flush makes a rich taste in black tea.
So next time you visit a supermarket or an online store to buy black tea, do not get bewildered by the ‘flush’ labels. We hope now you have a clear concept of flushes and you would be able to decide which one you would like.