The latest tea news is continuing to cause a sensation in Canada. According to the records, we use up to 7 billion cups of tea each year, and researchers who study tea’s role as a dietary element are now urging us not to slow down our consumption of the beverage. Both black tea and green tea include flavonoids, which are antioxidant plant components that are regarded to be essential agents in the battle against cancer. Black tea is more often consumed than green tea. This, in addition to the fact that it may protect against heart disease and that it contains no calories and only moderate amounts of caffeine, is a good reason to allow oneself to indulge in one or more cups of tea on a daily basis.
And although individuals who drink the 7 billion cups don’t seem to have any need for instruction, tea enthusiasts continue to insist on precise preparation in order to make the “tea treat” even more enjoyable. The following is a step-by-step guide, courtesy of the Tea Association of Canada, on how to make the ideal cup of tea:
Make A Perfect Cup of Tea
- Start with fresh-drawn cold water and bring it to a rolling boil.
- Warm the teapot to help keep your tea hot longer.
- Use one teabag for each two cups of tea desired. Be sure to choose a quality blend.
- When the water has boiled, take the warmed teapot to the kettle and pour over the teabags. Stir, cover and let steep for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Remove teabags and pour.
And don’t forget, you can get a perfect cup of tea when on the run too. In a restaurant, ask for your pot of boiling water with the “tea bag in”. Always allow your tea, no matter where you are, to steep for at least three to five minutes. Indeed, continuously dunking the tea bag may increase the flavonoid content as much as five times.
Remember, in addition to antioxidant properties, tea is an all-natural beverage with no additives, artificial flavourings or colours. It has no calories when enjoyed without milk, sugar or honey. Here are a few innovative ways to include tea in your daily meals:
- At breakfast, discover how delicious a bran muffin can be with your favourite blend like Orange Pekoe, Earl Grey and English Breakfast and many more.
- At lunch, use tea to flavour dressings on fruit, green, and pasta salads.
- At dinner, use brewed tea as a marinade for chicken or fish and also to stir-fry vegetables. Try ice cream flavoured with a splash of tea.
- At snack time, discover how green tea is an ideal refresher.