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Tea & Health Facts

The TAP website is dedicated to bringing you the facts about how tea, the world’s favourite drink, can help you maintain your health as part of a balanced diet and healthy, active lifestyle. If you need questions answering about tea and looking after your health, or if you want to know why drinking at least 4 cups of tea a day is a good way for you to help maintain your health, then look no further.

Thought of the month

"New research suggests that five cups of tea a day could help prevent the development of certain forms of brain cancer. It's not clear how this protection is achieved but the researchers behind this new data believe caffeine, found in tea, may help reduce blood flow to the brain and so prevent potential cancer from growing. More research is needed. Another great example of the many health benefits in a cup of tea." More

Dr Catherine Hood


Did you know?

  • Approximately 40% of the nation's fluid intake today will be tea
  • Tea without milk has no calories. Using semi-skimmed milk adds around 13 calories per cup, but you also benefit from valuable minerals and calcium.
  • Four cups of tea with milk provides 21% of daily calcium requirement.
  • Tea is a source of the minerals manganese, essential for bone growth and body development, and potassium, vital for maintaining body fluid levels.
  • The average cup of tea contains less than half the level of caffeine than coffee. One cup contains only 50mg per 190ml cup.
  • Tea is a natural source of fluoride and drinking four cups makes a significant contribution to your daily intake. (Only 11% of UK water supply has fluoride added.)
  • Green and black teas are from the same plant, Camelia sinensis, and contain similar amounts of antioxidants and caffeine.
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Tea and Caffeine 12 February 2008 Caffeine is a naturally occurring substance found in the leaves, seeds or fruits of at least 100 different species worldwide and is part of a group of compounds known as methylxanthines. 48 KB
Black and Green Tea: How do they differ? 23 February 2007 Both green tea and black tea come from the leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis, however the processing that the leaves undergo to make the final tea is different. The leaves for black tea are fully oxidised while those for green teas are lightly steamed 168 KB
Tea and Cardiovascular Disease 12 February 2007 Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is the main cause of death in the UK, accounting for over 250,000 deaths a year, more than one in three people. 92 KB
The Nutritional Value of Tea 12 February 2007 On average, British people drink approximately 3 cups of tea a day with about 70% of the UK population drinking tea on a regular basis. 46 KB
Tea and Iron Absorption 12 February 2007 Iron has several vital functions in the body, it·s major role being as an Oxygen carrier in blood haemaglobin and muscle myoglobin. In addition, it is a component of many enzymes and is required for a number of metabolic processes. 63 KB
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“Does tea count to your 8 cups of fluid a day?”

Myth Buster

Tea contains aproximately 99% water. It is an important source of fluid and can count towards your daily intake of 8 cups of fluid. Both the Food Standards Agency and the British Dietetic Association... Learn more