Tea’s trendy again and I’m totally loving the spot in the limelight – I’m a tea fanatic, running a tea company after all. But what I’m not loving so much is all the false claims getting tossed around like, drinking tea will make you skinny. I mean come on, that’s seriously eye-roll worthy. Now don’t get me wrong, tea is a great addition to your daily diet but it’s not a miracle drink. Here are four more “where do people get this stuff from” myths that you should totally ignore.
LOOSE LEAF TEA IS BETTER THAN BAGGED TEA
The question is which bagged tea? If the answer is the ones from the supermarket that are made with bleached paper and held together by a staple, then I totally agree. That tea is crappy and so are the bags. But not all bagged tea is the same. For instance, Candid Tea carries whole leaf tea in convenient pyramid sachets that allow the leaves to fully expand in order to provide a flavorful cup. If you’re already using a large tea infuser for your loose leaf tea, then using a pyramid sachet is pretty much the same concept minus the extra step. Now, I can’t speak for all tea companies but here at Candid Tea I only offer premium tea, not dustings and chopped up tea leaves that give tea bags a bad rap.
DRINKING REGULAR GREEN TEA HAS NO HEALTH BENEFITS
You know the emoticon that shows the woman with her head down and hand on her forehead, well that’s me every time I hear this statement. Matcha is all the rave right now and honestly, I think it’s great that it finally caught on here in U.S. because it’s some really good tea. But to say that regular Green Tea is now somehow null and void is utterly ridiculous. Regular green tea is still as great as it’s always been. When steeped in water, you’re still consuming the antioxidants, caffeine, amino acids etc. that are found in the tea leaf. And if you’re like some people who are sensitive to caffeine, drinking regular green tea would be a much better choice.
GREEN TEA IS THE BEST TEA
We totally get why people believe this to be true but it’s not. Green tea is the most talked about and widely researched tea here in the States but besides Green tea, there’s also White, Yellow, Oolong, Black, and Pu-erh. And guess what else, they all come from the same plant. Each tea is processed differently which gives them unique flavor profiles, different chemical compounds, varying shades of color, distinct aromas etc. All this means is that they’re special in their own way, not that one tea is better than the other. I personally decide on what tea to drink based on my needs; sometimes it’s Black tea for relieving a tension headache or Green tea for boosting my immune health, or Pu-erh tea after I’ve feasted on a delicious greasy meal. There are various reasons for why you might consider one tea over another but this is a topic for another post.
ORGANIC TEA IS BETTER THAN NON-ORGANIC TEA
Trust me I know what you’re thinking but when it comes to tea, some things aren’t as cut and dry. Tea is one commodity that is still primarily sourced from around the world and other countries don’t necessarily operate the same as the U.S. For instance, most traditional farms in China are not certified organic even though they’ve been using natural substances and methods to grow their tea for generations. There are a lot of decisions that go into farming and sometimes the farmer chooses to keep their practices the same. Taiwan is another region that isn’t necessarily jumping at the chance to claim organic status because they produce a very high-quality, in-demand Oolong tea. There are also some teas that don’t require any protective additives because they’re grown in high altitude regions where pest can’t survive. My best advice would be to buy tea from a person or store you trust.
Now, it’s your turn to share some of the most outlandish tea myths that you’ve either heard or been told. I can’t wait to read your comments.