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Catechin Content of Green Tea

by Lori Bricker, MS, RD

A customer recently asked me this question: “One of my primary intentions in drinking green tea is the healthy benefits of EGCG/catechins. To that end, have the various teas been tested and what green teas that you carry are highest in catechins?”

Here is my answer:

We have not had …continue reading

Nevermind the health claims – buy produce!

By Lori Bricker, MS, RD

Since the whole thing with Lipton and the FDA, I’ve been thinking and reading a lot about tea and health and labeling—more than usual.  In case you missed it, Lipton got in trouble over its talk about antioxidants, among other things (read my post about it).  And now the …continue reading

FDA’s Health Claims – A Primer

By Lori Bricker, MS, RD

In conjunction with my post about the FDA's warnings against the makers of Lipton and Canada Dry Sparkling Green Tea Ginger Ale, I  wanted to provide some further information about how FDA food claims work.  The FDA also has a page the describes all this in more detail, and I …continue reading

FDA Warns Tea Isn’t a Drug

By Lori Bricker, MS, RD

In an effort to be helpful, customers and friends sometimes tell us we should use some health factoid about tea in our ads, labels, etc.  We try to explain that we are prevented from doing that by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules. Often, people don’t quite understand and sometimes …continue reading

So many questions, so few answers!

By Lori Bricker, MS, RD

I hate giving people answers they don't want to hear.  As a tea shop owner, I get a lot of questions about the health effects of tea.  Since I have a background in nutrition, I have some insight into how complicated the question really is, so my answers are never …continue reading

Are Afternoon Tea Treats Compatible with Weight Loss?

By Lori Bricker, MS, RD

Someone I follow on Twitter asked whether having afternoon tea with a sweet treat would harm her attempts at weight loss.  She referenced an article called, Tea Time Calls For Sweet Treat, by Ginna Parsons, who mentions a book she read whose author says she finds that having a 150 …continue reading

How much does green tea really affect body weight?

By Lori Bricker, MS, RD

There has been so much media hype over green tea and weight loss in the last couple of years that a lot of consumers are becoming very annoyed with what they perceive as slick marketing or outright lies.  It is extremely common, especially on the Internet, to find all kinds …continue reading

Tea Compounds May Boost Attention Span

In a new study about to be published in the journal, Appetite, researchers at Unilever found that 97 mg. of L-theanine (an amino acid found in tea) combined with 40 mg of caffeine was associated with improvements in attention.  This study appears one year after the ESFA (European Food Safety Authority) rejected Unilever's request for …continue reading

How Tea Helped Me To Quit Smoking

My name is Stephanie Davies, and I have been graciously invited by The Tea Table to share my story with you, dear blog reader.  It’s a story of success, of using tea to overcome obstacles, but it’s really about how tea saved my life.  And by chance, the tea that saved my life, …continue reading

An Update on Tea and Caffeine

I’ve been hearing for a while that decaffeinating your tea at home by first brewing for 30 seconds or so, then re-brewing the same leaves in fresh water, does not actually work.  I have recommended this method in the past, and I see it suggested all the time by all sorts of tea authorities, so …continue reading