We drink 165 million cups every day. That’s 15 billion litres of tea every year. And according to a recent BBC programme, our favourite cuppa is also the number one drink for health!
Getting the most health benefit from black tea may depend on the brewing time, according to a demonstration by Dr Tim Bond on the BBC programme. The experiment showed that leaving the tea bag for just three minutes could double the antioxidant potential in a cup of tea compared to the average brew.
A recent paper by nutritionists Dr Carrie Ruxton and Dr Pamela Mason found that drinking three or more cups of black tea each day (with or without milk!) protects against heart disease and may also protect against type 2 diabetes.
Dr Tim Bond from the Tea Advisory Panel said: “Black tea flavonoids are thought to be the compounds responsible for the protective effects of black tea on health. Chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes are associated with inflammatory processes and the presence of excessive pro-oxidant free radicals in the body.”