Lately, I have had a few people come to me saying, “Hey, look, a scientific article as to why we should be drinking tea!” Normally, I must admit, I am a bit skeptical about that. So many articles are based off of non-scientific information and a pop-science culture, that I sort of wave it off.
Well, I personally love following IFLScience. Their articles, I feel, are hilarious, yet very informative. After all, how many other places will show you fun things like how much of various substances will kill you, like cherry pits?
My sister-in-law, Amanda, is just as obsessed, if not more so, with IFLScience (especially since she has such a strong science background with her physics degree from Kutztown University). Recently, she went on my Facebook with a link and a note stating, “We already knew this but it is iflscience…” I clicked the link and lo and behold, IFLScience posted an article entitled “Five Reasons To Put The Kettle On And Have A Cup Of Tea“. Awesome!
One of the reasons, IFLScience, gives for people to drink tea, is the link to survival. Imagine back in ye olden times, when tea was first discovered. Things weren’t exactly… sanitary back then. No running water, no plumbing, it wasn’t know what spread or caused diseases, so it was quite easily to die back then. Tea, however, requires boiling water in order to drink. Thus, many water-borne pathogens, like cholera and typhoid, would be killed in the boiling process and tea was safer to drink than, let’s say, just a glass of cool water.
Next, the effects that tea has on the brain. We tea drinkers know that we are the mellow people of the beverage world. Now science can support that we are alert up to two hours after drinking, and are calm to boot during the second hour.
I’ve written about the idea of green tea and weight loss, which I still advocate taking with a grain of salt. IFLScience mentions studies as well. I do advocate drinking green tea either way, but still say go get some exercise.
Another one that I would recommend taking with a grain of salt but do find interesting is the idea that tea might help with type 2 diabetes. Those who drank three to four or more cups per day had a 16% lower risk of developing the disease, compared to those who only drank one or none. While this was only shown in woman and those of Asian ethnicity, it is just interesting to note. But much like the idea of weight loss and green tea, make sure to practice proper health and not rely on tea for your type 2 diabetes.
And finally, heart disease! Same thing as above, but science did seem to show that both green tea and black tea significantly reduced blood pressure, and black tea lowered LDL cholesterol and green tea lowered all cholesterol. Very nice!
I don’t think I need to tell you that, science or no science, I am still reaching for my cuppa and enjoying it regularly. I hope you do as well!