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Health Facts

The TAP website 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.

Did you know?

  • Approximately 40% of the nation's fluid intake today will be tea
  • Tea without milk has no calories. Using semi-skimmed milk adds around 13 calories per cup, but you also benefit from valuable minerals and calcium.
  • Four cups of tea with milk provides 21% of daily calcium requirement.
  • Tea is a source of the minerals manganese, essential for bone growth and body development, and potassium, vital for maintaining body fluid levels.
  • The average cup of tea contains less than half the level of caffeine than coffee. One cup contains only 50mg per 190ml cup.
  • Tea is a natural source of fluoride and drinking four cups makes a significant contribution to your daily intake. (Only 11% of UK water supply has fluoride added.)
  • Green and black teas are from the same plant, Camelia sinensis, and contain similar amounts of antioxidants and caffeine.

Tea & Health Fact Sheets (8)

  Title Date Description  
Tea and Antioxidant properties 12th Feb '15 Increasing evidence is highlighting the role antioxidants may have in helping to maintain your health in a variety of ways by opposing the action of free radicals. In addition to the well known antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E, there is growing resea
Tea and Caffeine 12th Feb '15 Caffeine is a naturally occurring substance found in the leaves, seeds or fruits of at least 100 different species worldwide and is part of a group of compounds known as methylxanthines.
Tea and Cancer 12th Feb '15 Cancer is a major cause of morbidity in the UK with over 200,000 newly diagnosed cases, and around 120,000 deaths from cancer each year. It is expected that more than one in three people in England will develop cancer at some stage in their lives. The dis
Tea and Oral Health Fact Sheet 12th Feb '15 Dental disease remains a significant problem in the UK with the vast majority of the population suffering with the consequences of this disease at some stage in their lives. It can result in acute pain, aesthetic problems and can increase the risk of toot
Tea and Iron Absorption 12th Feb '15 Iron has several vital functions in the body, it·s major role being as an Oxygen carrier in blood haemaglobin and muscle myoglobin. In addition, it is a component of many enzymes and is required for a number of metabolic processes.
The Nutritional Value of Tea 12th Feb '15 On average, British people drink approximately 3 cups of tea a day with about 70% of the UK population drinking tea on a regular basis.
Tea and Cardiovascular Disease 12th Feb '15 Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is the main cause of death in the UK, accounting for over 250,000 deaths a year, more than one in three people.
Black and Green Tea: How do they differ? 23rd Feb '15 Both green tea and black tea come from the leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis, however the processing that the leaves undergo to make the final tea is different. The leaves for black tea are fully oxidised while those for green teas are lightly steamed

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