Your Cup of Tea 13: English Breakfast Tea

YUM Eat Cafe - teaThese weeks we introduce you to about 25 different natural health teas (without added  flavours and other artificial additives). Here the third part of the introduction. All teas at Yum Eat Cafe are served in-fusion.

English breakfast tea is a classic black tea blend made from Assam, Ceylon and Kenyan teas. Each black tea variety has an individual flavor profile, but all are are made from the leaves of the Camellia sinesis plant, which also produces the leaves for Oolong and green teas. Tea drinkers have English breakfast tea any time of the day, despite its name, and it’s commonly served with milk or with lemon and sugar. The full taste and richness of the tea take well to the added sweetness and cream. As a black tea, English breakfast is high in antioxidants, which provide a number of health benefits.

English breakfast tea is commonly drunk with either lemon or milk. However, adding milk to tea may lower its antioxidant potential, according to a study published in a 2010 issue of “Nutrition Research.” Scientists found that the lower the fat content of milk, the greater the reduction of antioxidants. Conversely, researchers publishing in a 2000 issue of “Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology” found that lemon juice in tea increased the antioxidant potential in tea made from the Camellia sinensis plant. To get the full health benefits of English breakfast tea, consider using lemon instead of milk to flavor your tea. If you do decide to use milk, consider a higher fat milk such as whole milk, to preserve its antioxidant capacity.

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