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Reddit can easily take days and days from your life without you even noticing it. It’s full of a ton of crazy and oftentimes useless stuff that sucks you right into it until...

Holy cow is it midnight already?! Yeah that about sums Reddit up.

But for the tea enthusiasts, tea lovers, tea connoisseurs, and all the other kinds of tea freaks in between, Reddit can be a gold mine of pretty pictures, resources, information, and of course, other tea-crazed individuals such as yourself.

If you’re new to the tea party and want a virtual place to hangout and discuss it *as you drink* your preferred cuppa, Reddit is the place to go. But *which* part of Reddit, you say?

Here are top three awesome places to start with:

/r/Tea

This subreddit has over 44,000 readers that include those new to tea and those who’ve lived their life around tea. Newbies and friendly oldies alike connect to discuss all things tea -- literally anything and everything about it. (Hard sellers are unwelcome, though.)

Not sure if it’s for you? Here’s the subreddit description:

Tea! This subreddit is for discussion of beverages made from soaking Camellia sinensis leaves (or twigs) in water, and, to a lesser extent, herbal infusions, yerba mate, and other tisanes. Please do not attribute sensationalist health benefits to tea. Posts that blatantly do so may be removed for the greater good.
Recommendations are encouraged, but posts that are solely meant to advertise tea related products will be marked as spam. Be respectful to new and inexperienced /r/tea members.

/r/TeaPorn

If looking at pretty pictures all day is your thing, Tea Porn is for you. With over 7,000 members posting tasteful and artful photos related to tea, it’s sure to get your tea obsession fix. It’s also a good source of recipes and design ideas for tea parties.

Not sure if it’s for you? Here’s the subreddit description:

Aesthetic pictures of or including tea, tea fields, tea sets, or teatime. Recipes in the comments are encouraged! Please nothing too dark or creepy. Please don't submit links to sales or auction sites. If possible, post the photo and link the source in the comments instead.

/r/TeaExchange

This has the least members among the three -- with only a little about 1,700 members under it’s belt. But if you’re serious about tea and want to consume as much kind of it from as many different places, this is the best place to go. As the title suggests, this subreddit is all about trading tea. If you just came from a trip to China and have an overstock of pu-erh from Yunnan, head on over to tea exchange and find someone who’d want to trade something for it. It’s a great way to discover new flavors and make some new friends too!

Not sure if it’s for you? Here’s the subreddit description:

the place to trade tea!

So go ahead, hop on to Reddit and follow these three subs. Just make sure you have enough willpower to tear yourself away from them!

 

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When we imagine British people having tea, this is what we usually think of: 

 

An afternoon garden party among ladies in elaborate gowns, discussing the Queen and the weather while sipping tea in delicate white china and munching on cakes and crustless sandwiches. Everyone in the party, of course, speaks in an unnaturally formal British manner.

 

But that image is actually only half of the (albeit stereotypical) picture. For the English, there are two main types of teatime: low tea or afternoon tea and high tea or meat tea. 

 

Because of the names, one might assume that low tea pertains to a lower status of sorts while high tea is the higher kind of teatime. In fact, it’s quite the opposite!

 

LOW TEA

 

The teatime described above is of course the low tea. Low tea is typically served between 4 and 5 pm and is paired with scones, crustless sandwiches, crumpets, and sponge cakes.

 

Afternoon tea was a meal taken only by the local aristocrats from the mid-19th century - those who had the luxury to have something to eat between lunch and dinner. It eventually turned into a tradition where aristocratic ladies would dress in fine gowns and visit each other’s houses to have tea.

 

Today, afternoon tea is no longer the glamorous formal occasion it used to be - even for those among the aristocrats. Though it doesn’t mean that British people stopped having some form of afternoon tea altogether — they just ditched the formal gowns.

 

HIGH TEA

 

High tea on the other hand is the teatime of Britain’s economic lower class. At the height of the industrial revolution, Britain’s working class no longer had the luxury to come home for lunch. That meant that the main meal of their day was dinner. And dinner was served typically in the late afternoon or early evening - the same time as the afternoon tea of the aristocrats.

 

The working class, who also equally loved tea, had tea with their dinner; so their meal eventually came to be known as teatime as well. 

 

So what’s in a High Tea meal? It’s high tea if you have tea with hot and filling foods like stew, meats, and eggs. There’s no rigid or formal qualification for what comprises High Tea. As long as your main meal included  tea as the drink, then it’s very likely High Tea.

 

How about you, when do you like to take your tea? And what do you love to pair it with? Let us know in the comment section!

 

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The last two blog posts have discussed the studies focusing on the health benefits of tea in the body. The findings from these ventures were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and for this blog post, we'll talk about how tea helps in cutting down risks of cardiovascular diseases.

black teaTea has long been believed to keep the heart healthy. In a recent study conducted by Dr. Claudio Ferri from the University of L'Aquila in Italy, it has been found that black tea helped trim down blood pressure in patients with hypertension. The results imply that black tea countered the negative effects of high-fat meal on the patients' arterial blood flow and blood pressure. For the study, the patients were asked to drink a cup of black tea for a meal with a ratio of .45 grams fat/lb of body weight. The results suggest that tea prevented a decrease in flow mediated dilation (FDM). FDM is the arterial capability to promote blood flow even after the body consumes a high-fat meal.

He stressed that drinking even small amounts of tea (one cup a day) could do a lot in maintaining normal blood pressure and good arterial function. Therefore, in a population scale, consumption of tea would significantly decrease cases of stroke and other cardio diseases.

Dr. Ferri has made a prior study wherein he also found that tea helped improve FDM. This recent venture has only supported previous results.

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In continuation to our previous blog entry regarding the latest study conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, this blog post will discuss their recent findings with the polyphenol in tea still as the main subject for study. 

green tea for cancerAnother finding from the research is that tea, particularly green tea and its polyphenol contents could potentially stop the growth of certain types of cancers.

A certain study was conducted between two groups of men with prostate premalignant lesions. One group was undergoing placebo treatment while the other was into tea supplementation. After a year of observation, it has been found that 30% of the subjects undergoing placebo treatment have progressed to prostate cancer compared to only 9% from the tea-supplemented group.

The ratio from the above data may have shown significant difference in terms of figures but large scale study is yet required before a recommendation explicitly stating that green tea is a cure for prostate cancer could be announced. This, however, is a stepping stone in the field of medicine, which could serve as reference to future studies.

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There have been numerous studies backing up claims of the benefits of tea for health. And recently, additional research from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) has further supported that tea could benefit our health. In this recent study, the researchers have focused on the effects of tea on weight loss, cancer and cardiovascular risk, bone strength and attention and focus.

tea and weight lossFor now, we'll discuss how tea could help with weight loss.

As a quick starter, the researchers comprising this recent study are from the National Institutes of Health, US Department of Agriculture, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Glasgow, among others.

Tea for Weight Loss

This venture, aims on bringing about evidences that could link tea to weight loss. The researchers were focusing on the polyphenol compounds of tea for this study.

In one set of study, it has been found that subjects under their normal diet, who have begun consuming green tea and caffeine, lost an average of 2.9 lbs in a course of over 12 weeks.

Furthermore, another study shows that regular tea drinkers have lower BMIs, leaner bodies and smaller waist-to-hip ratios compared to non-tea drinkers.

Tea, particularly loose leaf tea, could increase calorie burn - at around 100 calories in a span of 24 hours.

In summary, drinking tea and portions of caffeine, living actively and furthering fat oxidation are proven ways that result in weight loss and/or upkeep of good body weight.

 

 

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    Nice blog post Camsy
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    I hope you eventually carry the SleekSteep in larger sizes. It is the best invention ever!
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    Hot tea on a cold night.. perfect!

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