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January 15, 2007 | From Times wire reports
Drinking tea can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, but only if milk is not added to the brew, scientists have reported. Research has shown that tea improves blood flow and the ability of the arteries to relax. But a study reported online Jan. 9 in the European Heart Journal, could explain why countries such as Britain, where tea is regularly consumed with milk, have not shown a decreased risk of heart disease and stroke from drinking tea.
February 24, 2003 | Shari Roan, Times Staff Writer
When Americans drink tea, it's usually black tea, often iced (and in the South, sugared). Many of the recent studies on tea, however, have been done on green tea, served hot, the kind favored in Asia. No one knows for sure whether tea type makes a difference when it comes to health, but experts say all kinds of teas from the Camellia sinensis plant probably have some health benefits.
July 26, 2013 | By David Levine
When I was growing up, tea was something I was given by my mother and grandmother as a cure for colds. "Drink some hot tea, and you will feel better. I guarantee it. " My choices were pretty simple, Tetley or Lipton. Today, food stores stock scores of teas. And Americans are drinking it, for taste and for health. According to the Tea Assn. of the USA, Americans drank more than 65 billion servings of tea, or more than 3 billion gallons, in 2011. Teas are sold to aid in digestion, promote blood circulation, help you sleep better and even make you smarter.
All tea leaves come from the same plant species, but different growing conditions, processing and blending create distinctive tea varieties, including the three major categories--black, green and oolong. Black tea is created by drying and fermenting the leaves, which are then fired to halt fermentation. It is this final process that turns them black. Green tea is steamed immediately after harvest to prevent fermentation.
We're told that Americans are evolving into serious tea drinkers rather than just chilling out with iced tea or dipping an occasional bag into a mug of hot water. Still, the teas most in demand are sweetened, flavored and novelty teas--witness the craze for Thai tea, then Indian chai and now boba tea with its bouncing tapioca balls. Diet teas have drawn attention. And green tea is on a roll as a health and beauty aid.
December 7, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
If you're a vodka purest, you might want to look away. Whether sipped or shot back, the clear liquor is prized for its lack of odor or flavor. The world's most expensive vodka brands boast multiple distillations for a clean, unadulterated product. So where does iced-cake flavored vodka fit in? Fruit-flavored vodkas have been on the market for years, but there's a whole world of odd varieties available for every conceivable palate. Here are 10 of the wackiest vodka flavors around (in no particular order)
October 16, 2005 | Madeline Drexler, Madeline Drexler is a Boston-based journalist and author.
India's summer monsoon had started to taper off when I climbed the bank from the chai-colored Hooghly River to the railroad bed. Pottery shards and other detritus littered the stones between the railway ties, and it was there that I found a relic, my most sentimental acquisition from the trip: a kulhar, or earthenware tea cup, discarded from a moving locomotive, as is the custom. Miraculously, the vessel had survived intact.
May 25, 1989 | BARBARA HANSEN, Times Staff Writer
Much of the tea that Americans sip comes from plantations around Munnar, a cool, hilly town in the South Indian state of Kerala. Munnar is the southern domain of Tata Tea Ltd., the world's largest integrated tea company: It grows, processes, packs and distributes tea, unlike companies that merely buy and blend it. Tata is India's leading manufacturer of instant tea, and the United States is its main market. Some 1.5 million pounds of tea powder are shipped annually to a Tata factory in Plant City, Fla., near Tampa, for final processing.
February 3, 2005 | Liane Bonin, Special to The Times
My tiny acupuncturist Victoria, whom I affectionately call Sadistic Needle-Poking Dragon Lady only because I know I could take her in a fight, waggled a finger in my face. "No more coffee!" she barked. "It's bad for your qi!" Just thinking about it now, I get a chill down my spine. Which would be nicely taken care of by a vanilla nonfat latte, but I digress. It's not that I've ever been a daily coffee drinker, and I'm certainly not hooked on caffeine.
Did you know all tea comes from the same plant? Whether it's in Lipton bags or the fancy loose-leaf oolong variety, all tea originates from a green bush called Camellia sinensis. Also noteworthy is that the United States imports practically all of its tea, mostly from Argentina, and the quality isn't that great. There's only one tea plantation in this country--in Charleston, S.C.,--and it serves mainly as a tourist attraction.
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