How good is a good cuppa tea?

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Offline Sprool

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How good is a good cuppa tea?
« on: 17/02/2012 13:56:54 »
Interesting program on BBC the other night, focusing on nutrients in common foods, and dispelling a few common misconceptions. There was a section on tea, our national drink, stating if you left the teabag mashing in the cup for 3 minutes as opposed to the average 40 seconds, it would double the anmount of natural flavinoid antioxidants extracted from the leaves and it would be 'twice as good for you'. Whilst this is very comforting information no reference was given to the significance or actual flavinoid content needed to be beneficial to the metablism.
If it took 20,000ug of flavinoid to mop up those nasty free radicals and tea was giving you only 5ug then it makes pretty little difference how long you left the tea brewing.
Does anyone know what a good level of antioxidant intake is and how much you get in an average cuppa?


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Re: How good is a good cuppa tea?
« Reply #1 on: 17/02/2012 20:39:58 »
Beyond a certain amount you need in the form of specific vitamins there's very little evidence that antioxidants are good for you, per se, anyway; although some chemicals that are antioxidants may be good for you anyway.