|Time for Tea||September 2017|
While we might be known as the home to the ‘Best Coffee on the Coast’, we also serve a pretty mean cup of tea and we think that tea is fast returning to its number one spot as the UK’s favourite beverage.
The UK may be groaning under the weight of coffee bars and coffee carts, offering everything from mocha lattes to piccolos but the real trendsetter at the moment is the UK’s perennial favourite – the cup of tea.
This is not tea as your grandparents knew it. Although ‘builders’ is still very much on the menu, these days tea comes in all flavours and colours and each with its own associated health benefits. There are teas for calming, soothing, invigorating, relaxing, nurturing and healing. Teas are green, white, red and black and there are more than 165 million cups of tea consumed every day in the UK.
So why are we so in love with the humble cuppa?
Well, first of all there are the myriad of health benefits.
Tea is derived from the Camellia sinensis plant and varieties include white, green, oolong, black and pu-erh. They all contain antioxidants, catechises and polyphenols – all good for our health.
The favoured tea among those seeking health benefits is green tea. This tea is thought to help lower cholesterol. According to a study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, five cups of tea a day will lead to a drop in cholesterol. Among the tea-loving Chinese , pu-erh is the tea thought to have the biggest cholesterol-lowering qualities.
Drinking four cups of tea a day is thought to reduce belly fat and help slow the skin’s ageing process. It does this by reducing cortisol levels - the chemical in your body that causes stress.
For sufferers of arthritis and many other ailments connected to inflammation, tea can help decrease inflammation and inflammatory reactions. It also reduces water retention, which makes you look puffy. So a few cups of tea can make you feel and look healthier.
Another study suggests three cups of tea a day will lower blood pressure and protect against type 2 diabetes as it helps the body to regulate its blood sugar levels.
But it is not just about the health benefits. We actually consume so many gallons of tea because we really, really like it. And here at Thornham Deli, we stock some of the best teas around. Let’s take a look at the teas we currently stock on our shelves.
We stock teas from two main suppliers, Butterworth and Son are the team behind our popular Egyptian Mint and Green Gunpowder, while Nelson and Norfolk Tea Company keep us fully stocked in Red Bush, Lady Nelson’s Grey, Jasmine Green, a Berry Burst Fruit Infusion, Chamomile, Norfolk Earl Grey and Chai Tea. There is also a decaffeinated tea in the range.
For those of you who have yet to indulge in the wonderful world of tea drinking, here is the low-down on some of these classy cuppas.
Red Bush (or Rooibos)
Hailing from Jeanne and Derek’s homeland, Red Bush or Rooibos – as it is known in South Africa – is made from the oxidised leaves of the Rooibos plant. It has been extensively researched over the years and has been found to help with managing diabetes and combatting high blood pressure and heart conditions.
Dating back to the Roman Empire, Chamomile is best known for its sleep promoting properties. However, it is also thought that Chamomile helps soothe stomach ache, calms muscle spasms, reduces the effects of hyperglycaemia and can help reduce cancerous cells.
Green tea is so much more than just green liquid. It is packed with polyphenols such as flavonoids and catechins, which function as powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants reduce the formation of the free radicals in the body that play a role in all types of diseases. Green tea also contains a fair amount of caffeine – not as much as coffee but still a significant amount – this acts as a stimulant, helping you think clearer.
These are just three teas among our fantastic range. Try a new flavour and see what a cuppa can do for you.