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With 66% of the British population drinking tea every day there is an understandable thirst for knowledge on all aspects of tea. Here are a few answers to some of the most popular questions asked about tea. If your question is not answered here then drop us an e-mail.
A: 165 million cups daily or 60.2 billion per year.
A: No, the number of cups of coffee drunk each day is estimated at 70 million.
A: Republic of Ireland followed by Britain.
A: China with 1,359,000 tonnes, India is second with 979,000 tonnes (2009 production).
A: An antioxidant is a compound, which retards oxidation. In the body antioxidants can 'soak up' free radicals.
A: Free radicals are unstable substances which can disrupt biochemical processes in the body and have been implicated in cancer and heart disease.
A: Tea, like fruit and vegetables is a natural source of polyphenols and flavonoids which have antioxidant activity.
A: The addition of milk does not appear to affect the bioavailability of the tea flavonoids
A: No, they both come from the same plant known by its botanical name Camellia sinensis.
A: No, at least half the level of coffee.
A: Simply by "washing" the tea leaves towards the end of the production process in an organic solvent. The method is strictly governed by legal limits.
A: Tea Council estimates about 1,500 varieties of Camellia sinensis.
A: Both varieties come from the plant Camellia sinensis and both have similar amounts of antioxidants and minerals.
A: It simply raises the body temperature momentarily, you perspire and the perspiration on your skin creates a cooling effect.