Tea tastes and stirs. That’s for sure. But beyond these facts, many myths circulate about the bush and the drink. We took a close look at them
1. tea does not contain caffeine
But, because the tea shrub (Camellia sinensis) and its subspecies contain caffeine in addition to many other ingredients. Therefore, any type of tea that comes directly from this shrub, such as green, black, white and yellow tea or oolong, also contains caffeine. Black tea up to 4%. For herbal and fruit teas, on the other hand, it looks different, their starting plants are caffeine-free.
Incidentally, it is a myth that black tea is stimulating after five minutes and soothing after a long brewing time. The caffeine content in black tea is readily soluble in water and is therefore among the first substances that are washed from the leaves. The amount of caffeine in the tea is therefore almost the same regardless of the infusion time. If you leave tea for more than five minutes, however, more and more tannins dissolve – the tea becomes more bitter.
2. The English teatime tea pulls only briefly
But on the contrary. Teatime is served with black tea, mostly Ceylon Assam or Darjeeling. The tea is simply poured in a pot of boiling water – and then pulled as long as he wants. As the leaves remain in the pot until the last sip, the tea naturally becomes stronger and more bitter. To enjoy the tea until the end, you are always hot water from a separate pot.
3. In the bag tea, only waste ends up
There is a rumor that teabags would only land waste. But that’s not true. Bag tea is only finely ground, but may well contain high quality leaves. However, when crushing the leaves more essential oils can evaporate and the tea loses some aroma. It is true, however, that inferior tea is often packaged in bags.
4. Three-minute tea makes awake, five-minute tea tired
That is not completly correct. It depends mainly on the type of tea and its active ingredients, which there are differences from home. The myth refers to black tea, which contains about four percent caffeine, which dissolves from the leaves by hot water. In general, the longer a tea drags, the more ingredients dissolve, and the tea becomes darker and more bitter. The caffeine concentration does not change after five minutes, however, it then solve polyphenols that can defuse the awake. The tea is then at best less invigorating, but by no means soothing – and it does not make you tired.
5. Tea will not be bad
Well, moldy it really is not, but much longer than half a year you should not store tea. Thereafter, most of the flavorings and some of the healthy, antioxidant ingredients are removed or rebuilt.
6. Milk in tea reduces the healthy effect
No, that could not be confirmed in experiments. The absorption capacity of the body for so-called catechins – important antioxidants that can reduce the risk of cancer – is minimally hampered by milk and has no effect on the body.
7. Tea with rum helps with colds
Not really. Although tea is healthy and hot drinks usually have an expectorant effect. The alcohol in the rum is anything but healthy. It weakens the immune system, deprives the body of water and the mucous membranes are poorly supplied with blood. In addition, alcohol can influence the effect of possibly ingested drugs. So if you have a cold, drink hot tea without rum.