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TEA FACTS

In this section we address many interesting facts about tea, the beginnings of traditional tea customs, the paraphernalia used, short history of the tea bag (see history of tea for the full story).

It also covers some useful things to know about where tea fits into your healthy diet, but go to the Tea 4 Health section for more detailed scientific information on tea and health.

For additional tea facts, you may wish to read further information on:

  • Tea Customs - such as afternoon tea, tea gardens, tea dances, teetotal, high tea, tea shops and tea breaks
  • Tea Paraphanalia - including tea bags, tea porcelain, tea pots, tea caddies and tea spoons
  • Frequently asked questions - about tea and a glossary of tea terms

Facts about Tea that everybody should know


Tea break time...

Tea breaks are a tradition that have been with us for approximately 200 years.

Drink your way to the top...

80% of office workers now claim they find out more about what's going on at work over a cup of tea than in any other way.

Everyone's favourite...

By the middle of the 18th Century tea had replaced ale and gin as the drink of the masses and had become Britain's most popular beverage.

Good for you...

Tea contains half the amount of caffeine found in coffee.

How many cups a day...

The number of recommended cups of tea to drink each day is 4, this gives you optimal benefit.

A long time ago...

Tea was created more than 5000 years ago in China.

A cup of tea to keep the dentist away...

Tea is a natural source of fluoride that can help protect against tooth decay and gum disease

The first book...

The first book about tea was written by Lu Yu in 800 A.D

Arrived in Europe...

Tea firstly appeared in Europe thanks to Portuguese Jesuit Father Jasper de Cruz in 1560.

And the doctor away...

Tea has potential health maintainence benefits in cardiovascular disease and cancer prevention.

Bag it up...

96% of all cups of tea drunk daily in the UK are brewed from tea bags.

Big in India...

Apart from tourism, tea is the biggest industrial activity in India.

As you like it...

98% of people take their tea with milk, but only 30% take sugar in tea.

Tea & Business

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TEA & HEALTH

Tea4health is dedicated to bringing you the facts about how tea, the world’s favourite drink, can help you maintain your health as part of a balanced diet and healthy, active lifestyle. If you need questions answering about tea and looking after your health, or if you want to know why drinking at least 4 cups of tea a day is a good way for you to help maintain your health, then look no further – this site provides a wealth of information that can help.

Tea Advisory Panel (TAP)

TAP The Tea Advisory Panel was created to provide media with impartial information regarding the health benefits of tea. Panel members include nutritionists; dieticians and doctors. For further information please call 0207 052 8989. Read more...

TEA a brief history...

Tea is so much a part of everyday life in Britain that we might never stop to think about how a unique plant from faraway China became the nation's favourite drink. But the history of tea is fascinating, and in this section we can follow its story from the earliest times in Imperial China right up to its present place at the heart of British life. Read more...