A lot of people start their day with a cup of tea. The benefits of this drink are undisputed, but if you choose the wrong tea, it will not only have no healing properties, but can also be harmful to health.
Tea in bags
“People who want to drink real tea should give up tea in bags. This is because very often unscrupulous manufacturers do not put tea in the bags, but waste that remains after the processing of tea leaves. In fact, it’s not even tea, but tea dust,” says Sergei Dubovik.
The council. If you’re not going to refuse tea in bags, you should pay attention to the following when choosing one:
If you see dust at the bottom of a packet of tea bags, it is most likely that unscrupulous manufacturers have put tea waste in the bags, not tea, but tea production waste. Real tea brewing does not wake up through the bags.
In order to hide the fact that the bags are not tea, and tea waste, manufacturers add a dye to them, which gives the water a characteristic brown color. To recognize the presence of dyes is simple: you need to put a bag of black tea in a cup of cold water for a few seconds. If the water acquires a brown color, it means that the dyestuff has not been dispensed with.
Recognize the poor quality of tea and help and lemon. If a slice of lemon was added to the cup with hot tea, but after that the drink did not become lighter – you bought a falsification.
Tea with flavor
“Many consumers prefer the Tea Diet: minus 5 kg per week Tea Diet: minus 5 kg per week Tea with additives – bergamot, strawberry, mint, raspberry. The tutu says that this drink is especially tasty and healthy, because it contains natural berries and fruits. But if you tear a bag and see what’s inside it, in addition to brewing and pieces of berries or fruits there you can see white matter. This is a chemical flavor that gives the drink a sharp, specific (peppermint, strawberry, etc.) taste,” the expert says.
Tip. Before you buy a pack of tea, read the information on the package carefully. If, in addition to the “natural berry and fruit pieces”, there is a “identical to natural” flavouring there, you should know that you are buying a beverage with “chemistry”. This tea is not recommended for people with allergies, as it can cause severe allergic reactions.
Much more aromatic and tasty is the drink from the Rice Diet – quickly thinner Rice Diet – quickly thinner leaf tea. But it can also hide unpleasant surprises. Researchers say that about 20% of tea sold in shops and on the market is expired. The old tea is dangerous because, over time, it produces poisonous substances – aflatoxins. Frequent consumption of such tea can lead to severe liver diseases. On the package is always indicated the date of manufacture of tea and its shelf life (usually 2-3 years). But the catch is that the date of manufacture usually means the date of tea packing (i.e. not the time of collection on the plantation). But before tea is packed, it can be stored in the warehouse for several years.
Tip. To find out if you bought fresh tea, brew it at home in a kettle. If it has foam on it in a few minutes, the tea is fresh. If there is no foam, it means that the leaves were collected more than two years ago. If you see sediment at the bottom of the kettle and the drink itself has a non-specific fresh smell of tea, it is clear that the product is stitched and should not be consumed.
How to recognize a fake
It often happens that people buy tea from a well-known company, and inside they find tea dust. This indicates that they have purchased fake tea. If the tea sold in packs is not packed in transparent film on top, it is also a falsification.
Tip: If the tea box says “Made in China” (Made in Sri Lanka), it indicates a forgery. “Packed in Sri Lanka” – such an inscription or image of a lion should be marked on real Ceylon tea. Also count on the skin of the painted lion speckles. If there are 17 of them, it means that the tea is real and actually brought from Ceylon.
Also, a few minutes after brewing tea, look at its leaves. They have a toothed edge for real tea, and the leaf edges are not clearly shaped for poor quality tea. In addition, fresh quality tea is characterized by a characteristic aroma, which can not boast a bad tea.
Black tea is made from raw tea leaves, which are fermented by light and oxygen.
To produce green tea, the first tea leaves are taken, which are collected before sunrise and dried quickly before fermentation begins. Green tea contains more caffeine than black tea and even more than coffee.
Red and yellow tea are intermediate teas between black and green. Red tea tastes more like black and yellow tea like green tea.
White tea is also known as elite tea, as it is harvested only one day a year, at a time when buds swell and flowers appear. Only the top two undamaged leaves are taken for white tea.