Back in Fall 2006, the BBC reported that tea was a “healthier drink than water” based on research evaluated by UK public health nutritionist Dr Carrie Ruxton and colleagues at Kings College in London. According to the BBC report, findings indicated that “tea not only re-hydrates as well as water does, but it can also protect against heart disease and some cancers.”
Now German scientists caution that tea’s health benefits hold true, when consumers hold the milk.
While findings indicated that “drinking black tea significantly improved the ability of arteries to relax and expand to keep blood pressure healthy,” researchers have determined that proteins found in milk, caseins, blocked this effect.
Dr. Robert Vogel, a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland Medical School, commented on the recent studies on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Web site, “Tea is one of the greatest sources of antioxidants,” he says, noting that “in countries where they drink a lot of tea, heart disease is decreased, except for the British Isles. It is typical in Great Britain to add milk.”
His advice? “Add lemon not milk.”
For more details on the German study, view the abstract published in the Jan. 9 online edition of the European Heart Journal.
Established in 2005, International Tea Day brings awareness to the tea workers’ contributions to the tea world and their working conditions. It has been observed annually on December 15. However, starting in 2020 it will take place on May 21. But, how exactly should one recognize it? Well, if you’re a business owner I would steer away from using this day as just another marketing opportunity. As someone in the marketing industry, I wanted to offer some other options that businesses, tea related or not, can take into consideration if they would like to honour International Tea Day.
I’ve been updating a spreadsheet on pu’erh prices on release for the past few years in order to get an idea of tea being offered to western consumers and any possible trends. The well-known popular narrative is that fresh pu’erh prices have gone up and this certainly seems true in the data. Last year the prices looked about the same as the previous year. And when and how much the price has gone up depends on how we look at this and there’s a handful of different ways to look at the data and options available (I do three here).