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You’ve probably noticed in the past few years that many people are huge advocates of tea. All kinds of tea (except the plain old black tea that I drink!) purport to improve all aspects of our health – from our immune systems to our digestive tracts and even weight loss. In fact, celebrities like Oprah have sued these companies for using their names or images without permission in order to sell more products.
Walking into a cafe is a dizzying experience when it comes to choosing a tea. Green teas, Chai teas, herb teas, teas with raspberry-something-or other, black teas, white teas and oolong (I don’t know what that is, either) teas! Each one promises to help us with something: weight loss, brain power, or immunity boosting miracle cures for all.
Some of us may just want a regular cup of tea, just like our grannies and their grannies drank. Not to mention we might skip the five dollar organic, fair-traded vegan muffin created by non-denominational human beings who volunteer at the community co-op and wear hemp dresses, and instead opt for a dollar chocolate brownie - served by a spotty teen who calls us "dude".
But enough about my cheapness. There is no doubt that some teas are better for us than others and some are indeed really good for us. They contain much needed anti-oxidants and vitamins, as well as offer us time to relax over a cup of tea instead of running around without really enjoying what we consume. There is no doubt that these teas do indeed help our immune systems and bodies in general. Check out EmpowHER for some great articles on the benefits of tea.
The hype in America about teas have reached fever pitch and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just issued a warning for consumers to read labels and ignore unsubstantiated claims from the manufacturers about the benefits of their products. Tea manufacturer Lipton (part of the Unilever group) received a warning letter from the FDA that stated their health claims from some of their teas (their green tea, for example) were without proof or merit.