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Antioxidants in Green vs Black Teas: What's the Difference?

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Many think that black teas contain no antioxidants because they have been oxidized, but the truth is a bit more complex than that. This post looks at the antioxidant levels and types in green and black teas, their capacity to neutralize free radicals, how they differ, and their bioavailability (especially when it comes to adding milk to your tea).

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Antioxidants in Green vs Black Teas: What's the Difference?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Many think that black teas contain no antioxidants because they have been oxidized, but the truth is a bit more complex than that. This post looks at the antioxidant levels and types in green and black teas, their capacity to neutralize free radicals, how they differ, and their bioavailability (especially when it comes to adding milk to your tea).

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What is Purple Tea? All About the Mega-Antioxidant, Anthocyanin-Rich Matcha Alternative

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What is purple tea? Why is it becoming so popular? Today's post dives in to what tea cultivars produce purple tea, how it differs from green tea, the difference between Chinese vs Kenyan purple tea, its antioxidant levels and why you should give it a try!

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What is purple tea? Why is it becoming so popular? Today's post dives in to what tea cultivars produce purple tea, how it differs from green tea, the difference between Chinese vs Kenyan purple tea, its antioxidant levels and why you should give it a try!

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What Are Tea Blends? How Do They Compare to Pure Teas?

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Tea comes in all types, tastes and varieties, but it will always be either a ‘pure tea’ or a ‘blended tea’. This post examines the world of pures and blends, and then puts blends under the microscope in terms of whether something that tastes like a liquid dessert can also be healthy, and what the science is around tea blends.

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What Are Tea Blends? How Do They Compare to Pure Teas?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Tea comes in all types, tastes and varieties, but it will always be either a ‘pure tea’ or a ‘blended tea’. This post examines the world of pures and blends, and then puts blends under the microscope in terms of whether something that tastes like a liquid dessert can also be healthy, and what the science is around tea blends.

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Caffeine in Coffee and Tea: All You Need to Know

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Caffeine may be the most misunderstood molecule that we regularly consume. It is both adored and vilified, is extremely addictive, is consumed by over 90% of Americans every day, and studies have shown it can have an enormous range of effects. For something so potent, though, we tend to consume it without a lot of thought. This post covers what caffeine is, how it works, how to adjust caffeine levels in your tea, how much caffeine is actually in coffee and tea, and what caffeine levels are in different types of teas and tisanes (like yerba mate). 

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Caffeine in Coffee and Tea: All You Need to Know

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Caffeine may be the most misunderstood molecule that we regularly consume. It is both adored and vilified, is extremely addictive, is consumed by over 90% of Americans every day, and studies have shown it can have an enormous range of effects. For something so potent, though, we tend to consume it without a lot of thought. This post covers what caffeine is, how it works, how to adjust caffeine levels in your tea, how much caffeine is actually in coffee and tea, and what caffeine levels are in different types of teas and tisanes (like yerba mate). 

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Japanese and Chinese Green Teas: A Brief Introduction

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

If you love tea, you may (or may not) know that green tea is most famously produced in Japan and China. The practice of drinking green tea for medicinal purposes began in China and the first recorded use was 4,000 years ago! This Spotlight introduces Japanese and Chinese green teas, the main health benefits of green tea in general, and how to drink it. 

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Japanese and Chinese Green Teas: A Brief Introduction

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

If you love tea, you may (or may not) know that green tea is most famously produced in Japan and China. The practice of drinking green tea for medicinal purposes began in China and the first recorded use was 4,000 years ago! This Spotlight introduces Japanese and Chinese green teas, the main health benefits of green tea in general, and how to drink it. 

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