Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Children should start drinking tea aged four to combat obesity and stress, study finds

 Although caffeine is a stimulant, it actually relaxes people, a study showed. Caffeine directly boosts cortisol, but the relaxation it induces lowers it. This research was done on regular tea drinkers, though, who may get stressed without their caffeine fix, so more research is needed. 

I first started drinking tea and coffee at about the age of 7 to 8, and I never noticed the caffeine. 

Drinking tea from the age of four helps children to combat obesity, stress and heart disease, according to a new study.

It also found that the benefits of a daily cup of tea include reducing the risk of stroke among elderly people and acting as a substitute for sugary drinks.

Compounds such as flavonoid phenolics, L-theanine and caffeine, which helps with concentration and cognitive function, can be found in both green and black tea.

The Independent 

Children should start drinking tea aged four to combat obesity and stress, study finds


Mike Norman said...

What is good tea? I find tea has no taste. I'm a coffee person, but I would like to find some good tea.

Kaivey said...

My favourite is St Margaret's Hope, fisrt flush, but it's an aquired taste and you drink it without milk. Second flush is richer and you can drink it with a bit of milk, but most people don't. They are light, but have a lot of astringency, which shoots a spike of flavour up into the pallet of the mouth. High quality Sencha is a nice green tea. I do like coffee too, and the research shows it has many health benefits, especially in protecting the liver, and cocoa too, which I drink as well. Cocoa has no caffeine in so is great in the evening, but you mustn't drink too much as its very high in oxalic acid, maybe one mug a day, at most. Coffee doesn't contain oxalic acid.

Kaivey said...

Second flush may be cheaper than first flush, but it is just as good a quality tea. It's just a matter of preference, and many people prefer a darker, richer tea.

Cheap match tea isn't very nice, but the high quality types are superb, but too expensive for me. They have a richness, like coffee does, and are not watery. I think that might be worth a try. Just one or two cups a day as it's so high in the antioxidant, EGCG, which although is good for you, too much isn't.

lastgreek said...

Beer, too... for kids.

Marian Ruccius said...

Forego tea bags for loose leaf tea, or, if you must use teabags, sweeten the mix

My preferred options:

1) Mix in a pot one part Lapsang Souchong to one part of a good Orange Pekoe (or maybe something like St. Paul's London Breakfast tea)

2) Try some Cardamon tea (in the UK and North America, Ahmad Tea provides a very good off-the shelf Ceylon Cardamom); basically this is a lot like Persian tea;

3) Try some Silver Tips Tea from the Kandy region of Sri Lanka (see https://theceylontea.com/store/silver-tips-tea/)

Peter Pan said...

I prefer milk & cookies.

Kaivey said...

I do like coffee too and used to drink a lot of decaf Nescaf Gold Blend which I to be found moreish, so I would end up having three mugs in a row. But coffee started to give me a bit of indigestion, so I stopped drinking it.

My friends loved tea and were convinced of its health benefits, but I couldn't persuade them that coffee had just as many health benefits. As they love real ale, coffee would have been a much better bet for them if they drank some before going to the pub, but I couldn't convince them about it.

An amazing Sencha tea I like is made by Natural Bio, and is called, Te Vedde In Foglie. I get it on Amazon.

First and second flush darjeelings, good quality Matcha, and the above sencha tea are expensive, but good tea sellers will sell samples, which might be a good way to try some. I think they are worth trying just to see what they are like. But apart from Matcha, they are very light teas, and regular coffee drinkers might not get on with them, but for a bit of fun, I think they are worth a go.

I used to take my first flush darjeeling around to my girlfriend on Sunday mornings when our relationship was new. I knew the tea was really special and that she would not have tasted anything like it before. But after a few months she said to me one day that although she enjoyed it she preferred her everyday value Texco's tea. WTF! It's not for everyone.

Matt Franko said...

I've heard Long Island (Iced) Tea is pretty good....

Calgacus said...

Mike Norman:

Lapsang Souchong, Gunpowder Tea or Chocolate tea are good as coffee substitutes.

lastgreek said...

You know, no one here has mentioned it yet , but tea is great for shedding/losing C55H104O6.

lastgreek said...

So, "burning fat" is not a figure a speech.

Peter Pan said...

Sugar + fat + an open flame = carbon dioxide + heat