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Tea Talk for Tea Lovers, Issue #002 -- Tea - A Natural Weight-Loss Beverage, Is Organic Tea Better?
January 07, 2014
Greetings from The Tea Talk!

Welcome to Issue 2 of Tea Talk for Tea Lovers, our monthly newsletter about the many benefits of tea for health and wellness!

Each month in the Tea Talk for Tea Lovers newsletter, we'll provide you with tea tidbits about health and well-being, recipes for teatime (or recipes made with tea!), and other tea tips to help you enjoy this healthful, delicious beverage to the fullest.

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This month...
-- Tea - A Natural, Healthy Weight-Loss Beverage
-- Is Organic Tea really a Better Choice?
-- Tea-licious Recipe of the Month
-- Tea Book of the Month
-- Our Monthly Tea Tip


Tea - A Natural, Healthy Weight-Loss Beverage

The beginning of a brand new year is the perfect time to make some healthful lifestyle changes. If you've been feeling inspired this month to take steps to improve your health and lose those few extra pounds, why not add a new tea to your routine? Drinking tea regularly is a simple, delicious, healthy way to help manage your weight - and it's a New Year's resolution that won't be difficult to keep!

Here are some teas that are especially well-known for their weight-loss benefits.

Oolong or 'Black Dragon' tea is an excellent source of potent antioxidants, and research tells us that these antioxidants can help with weight loss by increasing the body's metabolism by 10% or more for up to two hours after sipping this tea. Oolong's antioxidant benefits don't stop there - they target and help to eliminate pesky tummy and upper arm fat, as well.

Oolong tea stabilizes blood sugar levels, meaning this brew will leave you feeling balanced and more satisfied - and craving fewer sweets! And, oolong tea, which is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis tea plant, naturally contains caffeine, which is another metabolism booster. Enjoy as little as two cups of oolong tea each day to help you reach your weight-loss goals - and, oolong tea has a host of other health and wellness benefits, too!

If you have a sensitivity to caffeine or are watching your caffeine consumption, you can still appreciate tea's weight-loss benefits by choosing a caffeine-free herbal tea, instead.

Cinnamon tea, for example, is renowned for its weight-loss capabilities. This delicious herbal tisane helps to keep your digestive system working as it should (essential for weight loss - and general comfort!) by soothing your stomach and intestines, improving colon function, and relieving constipation. Adding flavorful cinnamon tea to your daily routine stabilizes blood sugar levels (which lessens cravings) and reduces insulin spikes (which discourages fat storage).

Another herbal tea that may help with your weight-loss journey is hibiscus tea. This vibrantly colored herbal tisane is chock-full of antioxidants, which not only increase metabolism, but help to keep our bodies stronger and healthier. Hibiscus tea is a natural diuretic, meaning it can help to rid the body of excess water (through urination) and prevent the water retention that can be so frustrating and uncomfortable for those of us who are trying to lose weight. Research has shown that hibiscus tea may also help with weight loss by reducing carbohydrate absorption. Learn more about hibiscus tea on our website.

As you incorporate healthy weight-management choices (such as reducing stress, getting plenty of rest, eating healthy foods, and staying active) into your daily routine, don't forget to brew up a pot of tea regularly, too. Delicious and aromatic, this feel-good beverage can be a simple, effective addition to your overall weight-loss plan.

You can read more about tea and the many, many ways this amazing beverage is so very good for us on The Tea Talk website at http://www.theteatalk.com. And please remember to check with your healthcare provider before adding any tea to your diet to help with weight management.



January is National Hot Tea Month! Why not celebrate by introducing a new tea (or two) into your tea repertoire?


Is Organic Tea really a Better Choice?

Organic teas can be found everywhere nowadays, from your favorite tea shop to the shelves of your local grocery store. If you've been wondering whether organic teas are worth that bit of extra money, keep in mind these benefits of choosing organic.

-- Organic teas are produced, processed, and packaged according to strict organic standards. As such, no toxic or synthetic chemicals (e.g. insecticides, herbicides, or fungicides) can be used by the organic tea grower, processor, or packager.

-- Organic teas are not genetically modified. Genetic modification means that genes have been deleted or added - often from another species. Genetic modification, which is banned in certified organic products, is causing concern around the world for many health, ecological, safety, economic, and ethical reasons.

-- Organic teas are not irradiated. When foods are irradiated, they are exposed to ionizing radiation with the goal of extending shelf life and reducing bacteria and parasites. However, many health and environmental concerns have been linked to the practice of food irradiation. Choosing organic products ensures you won't be exposed to foods that have been irradiated.

-- Organic teas are better for all of us and for our planet, too. Organic practices protect, maintain, and replenish our environment, with the intent of doing the least harm and most good for the Earth and all who call it home.

Remember, when you do choose an organic tea, check the packaging for the name or logo of the organic certification body (e.g. QAI, the USDA's NOP, or Ecocert), so you'll know you're buying a certified organic product that has met their strict certification standards.



'There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea.' - Bernard-Paul Heroux


Tea-licious Recipe of the Month - Bette's Baking-Powder Biscuits

My mom, Bette, is such an excellent cook, and an expert at whipping up a nourishing, delicious meal for a crowd on a moment's notice.

Growing up, one of my favorites in her kitchen was her simple Baking Powder Biscuits. Hot out of the oven and served with butter and honey, there's nothing like these biscuits with a cup of steamy tea in the afternoon or evening.

I hope you enjoy this simple, delicious recipe!

Bette's Baking-Powder Biscuits

2 1/2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk
1/2 - 1 cup cream (10% or 18%)

Preheat your oven to 350F.

Whisk the flour and baking powder with a dash of salt. Stir in the milk and 1/2 cup cream. Add more cream, if required, to make a soft, slightly sticky dough. (Don't over mix, or the dough will toughen.)

On a lightly floured board or countertop, gently pat or roll the dough to 1 - 1 1/2" thickness. Cut with a round, floured cutter and carefully place in a lightly floured baking dish, at least 2" apart.

Bake until the tops are slightly golden. Cool just a few minutes, and serve warm with butter and honey, and a cup of your favorite tea, as well!


Tea Book of the Month

Another favorite in my growing collection of books about tea is 'The Tea Drinker's Handbook' by Delmas, Minet, and Barbaste. I must admit, what drew me at first to this book were the wonderful photographs of tea around the world... and the content is fascinating and informative, as well. The section on 'The World's 50 Best Teas' is especially interesting - like taking a trip to exotic locales from the comfort of your armchair.


Our Monthly Tea Tip

If you enjoy teas from the Camellia sinensis tea plant (including black, pu-erh, oolong, green, and white teas), keep in mind that these teas do naturally contain caffeine.

While caffeine does have many benefits (such as improving performance and enhancing concentration and attention), it does come with potential side effects, as well - insomnia, headaches, and anxiety, to name a few.

To avoid the possible side effects associated with caffeine, healthy adults should try to have no more than 300 - 400 mg caffeine per day (and even this amount may be far too much for some). Pregnant and nursing women are particularly susceptible to caffeine side effects, so, if you are expecting or a nursing mom, it's essential that you check with your healthcare provider about safe amounts of caffeine for you and your little one before sipping that cup of tea.

Interested in learning more about caffeine and tea? Visit the Caffeine Facts page on The Tea Talk website here.



Wishing you a wonderful, tea-filled January!
Della @ The Tea Talk



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