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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

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

Which tea is healthiest? No perfect answer.

I often have people ask me which kind of tea is the healthiest, and they tend to get frustrated when I don’t give a clear-cut answer. Here’s why there is no perfect answer: Clinical research on the health benefits of tea done all over the world today often does not contain specific information on what …continue reading

Antioxidants and Tea Age

A recent article in the Journal of Food Science reports that the quantity of catechins, components in green tea that are thought to have antioxidant and other health benefits, declines as tea sits in storage. Researchers tested 8 commercial bagged green teas (of unknown history) available in the U.S., Korea, and Japan. The samples …continue reading