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IT’S TEA TIME! by Kathy Wolfe

It’s the world’s second most popular and cheapest beverage (after water), so shouldn’t you know a little more about tea? Tidbits has the goods on this drink, so listen up and learn! • Every day about three billion cups of tea are consumed around the world. In America, it can be found in 80% of households, and an estimated 127 million Americans are drinking it on any given day. Most of that tea comes from India, the world’s largest tea producer, processing about 850,000 tons each year.

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• There are all kinds of tea – white, green, oolong, and black – but they all come from the same plant, the Carnelia Sinensis. The end product is determined by the processing of the tea leaves.

• The invention of the tea bag came about by accident. In 1904, a New York tea importer was looking for a cheaper way to send samples to customers. Thomas Sullivan had been using tin boxes, but as this proved expensive, he began wrapping the tea in small silk bags. His customers didn’t realize the bags were just packaging, and brewed their tea in them. Soon after, Sullivan was receiving orders for the new product. Today, 96% of the world brews its tea using a tea bag. • More of tea’s many medicinal and health benefits are being uncovered every day. Green tea seems to be especially healthful. It is high in the amino acid theanine, which has been shown to reduce stress and improve mental concentration. It may also increase the body’s immune system and antioxidant powers. Lab testing indicates that catechins, a type of antioxidant, inhibit the growth of cancer cells and may help reduce the breakdown of cartilage. A

• While white tea skips the steps of processing (the leaves are just steamed and dried), green, black, and oolong teas all go through a series of steps. It starts with withering, when the tea leaves are spread out and dried in a warm environment, which makes them pliable. A rolling machine is next, twisting the leaves in order to release the flavorful natural oils. Some more expensive grades of teas are rolled by hand, resulting in a higher quality. The leaves then undergo an oxidation process, when they are spread out in a cool room. At this point, the tea leaves are still green, but as they take in oxygen they gradually turn darker. The darkening can be stopped by heating. Green tea is not oxidized, oolong tea is oxidized for a short time, and the dark black tea oxidation process, which takes about three hours, is uninterrupted. The chemical reactions that take place during oxidation are what alters the leaves’ color and flavor. • While a cup of tea does contain caffeine, it doesn’t compare to the amount found in coffee. A cup of tea has about 40 mg. of caffeine compared to coffee’s 110 mg per cup. The lesser-processed green tea has even less caffeine than black leaves. But if you want a higher caffeine level in your tea, sip yerba maté, which has about the same amount as coffee. It’s made from the leaves of a South American rain forest holly tree, and contains 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, and an abundance of antioxidants. • Herbal teas, also known as tisanes, aren’t really tea at all. They come from the roots, stems, and flowers of other plants. There are numerous types of tisanes, depending on what part of the plant they come from. Mint, verbena, and lemongrass varieties are leaf tisanes, while chamomile, hibiscus, and lavender are flower tisanes. Cinnamon is a considered a bark type, while ginger, Echinacea, and chicory are root tisanes.

stomach, try sipping peppermint tea, since peppermint relaxes the muscles that give you stomach cramps. The anti-inflammatory properties of licorice root can reduce the swelling of a sore throat. It’s also well known that chamomile tea is a relaxant and is a natural sleep aid. • And it’s not just the human body that reaps the benefits of tea. It’s a great fertilizer for your roses! Watering both indoor and outdoor plants with cool leftover brewed tea gives them a boost of nutrients. You can also stir brewed tea leaves into your garden soil. • Tea experts warn not to use an aluminum teapot to prepare a tisane. Because aluminum is a reactive metal, they claim that it can react with certain plant types, and the result can actually be toxic.

recent university study indicated that tea has more potent antioxidants than 22 fruits and vegetables that were tested. Scientists say drinking green tea might also even help prevent tooth decay! And a study in the Netherlands has shown that those who drink catechin-rich tea are 50% less likely to die of heart disease. • Tea is not just for drinking! On the outside, green tea can help with inflammation. Soothe your puffy eyes with a soaked, chilled green tea bag. The same will work for insect bites. Keep mosquitoes away by smoothing the skin with damp tea leaves. Black tea bags have been proven beneficial in removing plantar warts. It’s the acidic tannin present in tea that shrinks the wart, just by placing a cooled bag on the wart for 15 minutes three times a day. • Tisanes also have medicinal qualities. If you have an upset

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Plant-Based Diets Offer Greater Heart Protection than Mediterranean Diets—without Toxic, Fatty Fish New Mediterranean Diet Study Promotes High-Fat, Toxic Diet; Does Not Shield Heart Disease Risk WASHINGTON—Plant-based diets offer greater cardiovascular protection than the Mediterranean diet, without toxic fish and saturated fat, says the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (The Physicians Committee). New findings on the Mediterranean diet published in the New England Journal of Medicine overlook the risks of high-fat diets. “Those looking to make a real sea change in their heart health should lower the fat by eliminating fish and other animal products,” says Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., PCRM’s director of nutrition education. “Loading up on fruits, vegetables, and beans—all sources of plant-based omega3—goes a long way toward cutting heart disease risk, without the fat or the toxins of fish.” Only 15-20 percent of the fat in fish is omega-3, and fish oil has no effect on heart-related death, heart attack, or stroke, according to a review of 20 studies in JAMA last year. Fish also contains substantial amounts of saturated fat, and high fish consumption is linked to weight problems. Another recent study showed that vegetarian diets provide even greater cardiovascular protection than the Mediterranean diet. Vegetarians were 32 percent less likely to be hospitalized or die from heart disease, compared with those who ate fish and other meat products. The vegetarians were also slimmer and had lower total cholesterol and blood pressure. National Institutes of Health-funded clinical research by the Physicians Committee shows that low-fat, plantbased diets are ideal for treating heart disease and type 2 diabetes—even more effectively than typical oral medications—and promoting weight loss. “For a healthy heart, focus on lowering fat intake and eating fiber-rich vegetables, legumes, and fruits,” advises Levin. Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research,and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research. Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine 5100 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Ste.400, Washington DC, 20016 Phone: 202-686-2210 Email:

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Monday mornings 9:00 - 10:30 a.m., Taoist Tai Chi Society RK/Sage Plaza, suite 27 800 E. Hallandale Beach Boulevard Hallandale Beach A beginners’ tai chi class will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Taoist Tai Chi Society, 800 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd #27 (RK/Sage Plaza) in Hallandale, 954-455-2474, Taoist Tai Chi is a “soft” or internal martial art, designed to promote health and well-being for people of all ages and in all health conditions. Beginner and continuing classes, taught by accredited instructors, are offered at various times throughout the week. The International Taoist Tai Chi Society is a global volunteer organization providing instruction in the Taoist Tai Chi internal arts of health at more than 500 locations around the world. See

Antique Market

The Hollywood Antiques & Collectables Club is holding its 1st Annual Antique Market Fundraiser on Saturday, June 1 at David Park Community Center located at 108 N. 33 Court in Hollywood from 8am-2pm. Members of the club will be selling an array of items, such as, unique collectibles and antiques, jewelry, coins, glassware, pottery, silver, postcards and much, much more. Admission is free. Please bring your canned and non-perishable food items for the Salvation Army Food Bank. Help us help our community. For more information, please call 305-951-7349 or email Directions: Take I-95 to Hollywood Blvd. Go west. Center is on your right on the corner of Hollywood Blvd and N. 33 Court.


ArtsPark at Young Circle Friday, May 24, 2013 • 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Bring a drum or percussion instrument to the ArtsPark and participate in a guided drum circle. All skill levels welcome. Meet at the Palm Court (West Side). Upcoming dates: June 23, July 22, Aug. 20, Sept. 18

HOLLYWOOD ARTSPARK EXPERIENCE: COLORS OF THE CARIBBEAN ArtsPark at Young Circle Saturday, June 15, 2013 • 4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Featuring KES live in concert. Music by DJ Majestic, Seamless, Savagewon. Live performances by The Resolvers and more. Junkanoo, Lauderhill Steel Ensemble, Moko Jumbies. YMCA Kids Zone. Powered by the Children’s Services Council of Broward County. Caribbean food and drink village. Arts & Crafts on sale. No coolers or open containers allowed. Free admission. Information: List Your Upcoming Event HERE for FREE! E-mail:

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Tidbits of Greater Ft. Lauderdale & Aventura - Vol 4, Issue 10  
Tidbits of Greater Ft. Lauderdale & Aventura - Vol 4, Issue 10  

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