Tea is the most commonly consumed beverage in the world after water. In the UK it has been drunk for over 350 years. Today, 77% of British adults drink tea and of the tea consumed in the UK, 95% is black tea.
Tea consumption does not produce a diuretic effect unless the amount of tea consumed at one sitting contained more than 300mg of caffeine. This is equivalent to six or seven cups of tea at one sitting.
The average cup of tea contains less than half the level of caffeine than coffee. One cup contains only 50mg per 190ml cup.
Green and black teas are from the same plant, Camelia sinensis, and contain similar amounts of antioxidants and caffeine.
Tea, the world's favourite drink, can help you maintain your health as part of a balanced diet and healthy, active lifestyle. The antioxidants, hydrating properties, caffeine and fluoride found in tea mean that you need never feel guilty about reaching for the teapot.
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Dr Carrie Ruxton BSc, PhD is an established independent nutritionist who is widely published. After a spell at The Sugar Bureau, she worked as Chief Executive at The Nutrition Society and then as Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster as course leader for BSc Human Nutrition.
Dr Catherine Hood is a health broadcaster and writer. She presented Channel Five's prime time series A Girl's Guide to 21st Century Sex and regularly appears on The Wright Stuff discussing all aspects of general medicine.
Dr Chris Steele, MB ChB has featured on ITV's 'This Morning' show, 'The Afternoon Show' for Granada TV, ITV's 'Tonight with Trevor McDonald' and on ITV's 'Celebrity Fit Club'. He has written books on medical issues and smoking, including 'Quitting Smoking' and 'Babies and Young Children'.
PhD MCPP, MRSC, BSc (Hons) Phyto, BSc (Hons) Chem, CChem, DoIC, ARCS Dr Chris Etheridge is a leading Medical Herbalist (Phytotherapist) with extensive experience as a herbal practitioner, researcher and writer.
Timothy Bond BSc(hons) PhD has over 14 years experience in Tea from laboratory based-analysis to factory production. Tim is currently Technical Director for Finlay Tea Solutions and Finlay Tea Extracts one of the largest manufacturers and traders of leaf tea, decaffeinated tea and tea extracts.
Lynne Garton BSc (Hons), RD is a qualified nutritionist and dietician with over 23 years experience in food, diet and health. She has a first class degree in Nutrition and a Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics from King's College, London and has worked within the NHS and in industry.
One of the world's leading periodontologists, Professor Robin Seymour has been, and continues to be, a leading author of many published academic papers and has a particular interest around periodontology and restorative dentistry.
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