You Take the High Tea…
…and I’ll take the Low Tea, and according to some, I will
get more to eat than you do! Google “high tea” and “low tea” and you’ll see an Internet chock full of bickering. And that’s good – at least people are talking about tea!
Some people say “High Tea” is a misnomer because most of us think it sounds stately and snobbish, but in Britain, high tea (or “meat tea”) is more like dinner. On this side of the ocean, we Americans are accused of misunderstanding the true meaning of “high tea” because we present morsels of delectable pastries and delicious cakes on delicate china.
“Low tea” – aka “afternoon tea” – gets its name from the practice of spending an afternoon drinking tea in a sitting room where low tables were placed near chairs or sofas, all the while eating scones filled with cream and jam (cream tea); scones and a variety of sweets (light tea), or the whole enchilada (sweets, scones, savories, and dessert). In by four and out by seven at the latest.
So what does all this mean to you? Well, that all depends. Do you stick your pinkie in the air while you’re drinking your tea. Do you have a cuppa tea or a cup of tea? What matters is that you do drink tea, don’t you? Like Dr. Oz and Dr. Andrew Weil said, you don’t get the health benefits of tea unless you drink tea – real tea, not the stuff that is peddled under the “herbal tea” label. That’s not to say that herbals don’t have health benefits; they just don’t have the same benefits as tea.
For the perfect afternoon tea, Check out our Ceylon Green Tea with Peach Apple Pieces or Loose leaf Jasmine Green Tea if you prefer floral rather than fruit infused tea.
Check out our Weight Loss Tea Sampler: for green tea and delicious black tea combo with Flowery broken orange pekoe which is large whole leaf Pure Ceylon Black tea. Green tea gunpowder is large leafy Pure Ceylon green tea.
All genuine Ceylon Tea grown in Sri Lanka is organically grown and hand-plucked rather than machine-harvested as in many tea producing countries. This is the best tea for its health benefits as well as rich aroma and taste. It’s the real thing!
According to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, an 8-ounce serving of black tea provides from 40-120 mg of caffeine, and that scientific research indicates the following amounts of black tea to be beneficial:
•For headache or improving mental alertness: a typical dose is up to 250 mg of caffeine (several cups of black tea) per day.
•For reducing the risk of heart attack and kidney stones: a dose of at least one cup per day.
•For preventing “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), 125-500 mL (1-4 cups) of brewed black tea daily.
•For preventing Parkinson’s disease: men drinking 421-2716 mg of total caffeine (approximately 5-33 cups of black tea) daily have the lowest risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, when compared to other men. However, men who drink as little as 124-208 mg of caffeine (approximately 1-3 cups of black tea) daily also have a significantly lower chance of developing Parkinson’s disease. In women, moderate caffeine intake (1-4 cups of black tea) per day seems to be best.
A December 2009 research study published by the National Institute for Health (NIH) reported that “[D]rinking coffee or tea is associated with a lowered risk of type 2 diabetes, which cannot be explained by magnesium, potassium, caffeine or blood pressure effects. Total consumption of at least three cups of coffee or tea per day may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.”
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Like the ancients said, “All there is to making tea is to pick it, steam it, pound it, shape it, dry it, tie it, and seal it.” (Lu Yu, 8th Century Author of The Classic of Tea)