There are three most loved beverages in the world; plain water, coffee and tea and they help with your health and well being. You can find the flowering trees that grow the coffee beans in more than 50 countries globally.
Depending on where you are living and how you like the taste of coffee to be; the coffee beans are processed by roasted and ground, then either they are boiled, dripped, steamed, or soaked. More than 2/3 of the world population drinks tea which is harvested from the leaf of a bush known as Camellia sinensis.
Tea is made by steeping the leaves in steaming hot water for a few minutes and then they are served hot or with ice. There are differences between green, oolong and black tea and it is based on their fermentation level.
Those tea leaves which are dried and crushed to bring out their oils which are exposed to the air for a chemical reaction that renders the changes in color and flavor of the leaves is known as fermentation.
The longer they are exposed to the air, the more caffeine they contain. Green tea uses unfermented leaves and has no caffeine, while oolong is fermented and the longest fermented are the black teas.
Tea and coffee helps fight free radicals that damage cells and lead to diseases and illness with their own chemical properties known as antioxidants.
The chance of getting type 2 diabetes is very low by drinking tea or coffee. Coffee regulates blood sugar by keeping it low and more stable by using antioxidants while the antioxidants in tea helps the body to process sugar in the blood.
Apart from that coffee and tea also helps against Parkinson's disease. Research confirms that drinking coffee and tea might help protect the brain from beginning and for those who are in the early symptoms gets eases by the caffeine.
Recent studies have shown that people who drink 3 to 5 cups of coffee and tea in a day will be less likely to develop calcium buildup in the future and a lower chance of heart disease.
Drinking 3 or more cups of coffee or tea in a day is an alternative medicine that will lower the odds of having chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, or liver cancer because they have more than 100 different chemical compounds that help the body in one way or the other.
Drinking a cup of coffee or tea in a day might lower the chance of having a stroke. Coffee soothes and eases inflammation and helps in controlling the blood sugar levels while black tea is linked to lower blood pressure that contributes to the likelihood of having a stroke.
The antioxidants and a substance known as polyphenols are able to prevent breast and prostate cancer and protect against cancer that affects the ovaries and stomach.
Coffee contains antioxidants that assist in protecting the neurons while tea also has antioxidants that help prevent the formation of protein clusters that cause Alzheimer's disease.
Furthermore, coffee and tea also helps fluid move through gallbladder and prevents the crystallization of cholesterol into gallstone. Drinking coffee and tea without sugar and cream also helps in losing weight.
Even though drinking coffee and tea is beneficial, do not overly drink it because it will cause more health hazards and addiction. Too much caffeine can make a person anxious, irritable and have trouble sleeping and it is difficult to absorb and retain calcium which leads to bone fractures.
There are some strange types of coffees that exist in the world and we are going to share them with you. In Indonesia there is a civet coffee or better known as Kopi Luwak which is one of the most expensive in the world. It got its name because the beans are collected from the civet cat's feces and the cat's digestive process seems to intensify the flavor of coffee.
There is another global favorite from Vietnam by the name of Cà Phê Trung or the egg coffee among the coffee connoisseurs. Egg is used when milk was scarce and the combination of condescending mild with egg n coffee makes it creamy and sweet and it is almost like a dessert.
In Taiwan there is another exotic variant of coffee or known as monkey spit coffee. The Formosan macaque monkeys eat coffee berries and those seeds they are unable to digest are spitted out and it is collected and produced into coffee beans which are said to have a distinct vanilla flavor. Oh no...don't ask me how.
In the modern world, one of the most special ingredients used to prepare coffee is nitrogen. Yes, you heard it right. It is known by names such as nitrogen coffee, nitro cold brew coffee, NCB etc. Nitrogen is infused in coffee to make it creamy with thick foam that makes the coffee much smoother to consume like a beer.
Drinking tea is an amazing experience and since it comes in different flavors, packed in different styles, sized and making preferences makes it one of the most consumed beverages globally. Let us look into some unknown facts that might sound weird but it is all for sipping tea in your favorite glass.
By placing two steeped tea bags on the eyes can help reduce dark circles, swelling, puffiness, soothe and soften the skin. Bathing in green tea helps in detoxifying and soothing the skin and it actually works according to some research.
Ch'a Ching or The Classic of Tea by Lu Yu is the name of the first tea book where he symbolized tea as the harmony and mysterious unity of the universe in the origins and culture, cultivation, processing, ways of preparing, horticultural and other aspects of tea.
At the St. Louis World Fair in 1904, Richard Blechynded threw a few ice cubes on his tea because he was not able to sell hot tea due to the hot and humid weather of the fair and today ice tea has become the mainstream in America.
The University College of London has been advocating that tea can reduce the stress in our body and there are more than 3,000 types of tea in the world and some of them are infusions of tea.
Don't go overboard by drinking too much tea because it is addictive due to its natural stimulant that relaxes the central nervous system. Apart from that it also will harm your health especially with some of them having the highest number of pesticides which is the reality of the tea industry.
One sure way of getting rid of coffee and tea addiction is by substituting with another healthy drink. We are going to teach you how to make the drink which has great health benefits: First get the following ingredients; 1 teaspoon of wheat bran, a pinch of black pepper and salt, and a small portion of ginger. Put all the ingredients in water, boil it and filter it before drinking for a few days for better addiction prevention.