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January 09, 2020 2 min read

The World of Tea is vast and amazing and fortunately, there are several sources out there that simplify it into digestible nuggets of information. However, unfortunately, a lot of these sources get some very basic points completely wrong. Despite being the most popular morning fix, there are a considerable number of misconceptions regarding tea. Let’s some of such meaningless myths to rest!

Tea Makes You Darker

Since time immemorial, the most common myth regarding tea has been that drinking more tea results in a darker skin tone. If that were to be true, then all English folk who cannot do without their daily cuppa would have been dark complexioned! The truth is that the colour of a person’s skin is determined by genetics and the amount of melanin pigment in the skin; any changes in one’s skin tone are usually due to exposure to the sun or health conditions. It has been proven that drinking tea, irrespective of the number of cups, will not affect your complexion in any way!

White and Black Teas Are Different Kinds of Plants

Tea does not come in many varieties! Instead, it’s just one plant that gives us the tea leaves – the Camellia Sinensis. Anything that does not come from this plant is not a tea but an herb! All the differences in colour and flavour among the 3 main types of teas- black, green and oolong, depend on the method of processing of the tea leaves;  in case of  black tea, the tea leaves are exposed to air, and are oxidised, following which, they are dried. Green teas are less processed to preserve the delicate flavour and green colour-the tea leaves are mainly steamed and sundried. Oolong tea is somewhat mid-way between black and green tea.

Tea does not have an Expiry Date

It’s a common myth that tea does not have a shelf life. The truth is most teas go bad after about 6 months. Over the passage of time, the amount of powerful flavonoids present in tea is reduced. As a result, the tea might retain its flavours but the brew loses its antioxidants, which are the prime factor behind the numerous health benefits of tea. Research indicates that after 6 months, the amount of catechins in green tea decreased by 32%! So if you have got bags of tea sitting around for years, sadly, it’s time to toss them!

Tea Is Healthiest When Nothing Is Added to It

Contrary to the above belief, adding a dash of lime or orange juice or honey to tea is actually beneficial to one’s health. Tea contains compounds called flavonoids, which are responsible for many of tea’s health benefits. The citric acid in lime or orange juice helps preserve these flavonoids, especially if tea is being brewed ahead (as in the case of making iced tea). Also, adding honey to your tea enhances brain function and may make you more productive than ordinary tea.

You probably already knew that tea is one of the most incredible health beverages on earth. But not everything that you had been hearing about your loved drink was true! 

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