The Simplest Health Habit You Should Start Today | CBN.com (beta)

By Lorie Johnson | December 11, 2015

Not many substances are as widely studied as tea. Now, the verdict is in. The bottom line: if you’re not drinking tea on a regular basis, it might be a habit worth starting.

That’s because when it comes to your health, tea packs a powerful punch. Combined studies examining literally hundreds of thousands of tea drinkers led a vast array of scientists to conclude that a consistent dose of tea is  good for the body.

Most of the research was conducted in Asian countries, on people drinking hot, green tea. The amount mattered. Usually people only experienced health benefits if they drank at least three cups a day.

Dr. Patrick Fratellone is a cardiologist who practices integrative medicine New York City. He advises his patients to make tea a part of their daily life.

“The active component in green tea is EGCG,” he explained. “And that’s a polyphenol that helps reduce cholesterol, heart disease, and protects against cancer.”

Green Tea Guidelines

Green tea comes from the camellia sinensis plant, as do black and white teas. Green tea contains the most EGCG. But with so many types of green tea on the market, it can be difficult to choose which is best.

Fratellone shares some guidelines.

“I like organic tea because you want to make sure it’s grown in an area free of metal in the soil, so you don’t want to have lead, cadmium, mercury, any bad, toxic elements,” he explained.

“If it’s in a bag, you don’t want a bag that has a staple on it, sometimes that can get in the tea,” he continued. “But I’d rather have loose. And sometimes I don’t even strain it. I leave it in there and eat the leaves.”

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Empire Brewing Co. in Syracuse launches second ‘tea beer’ venture with China | syracuse.com

By Don Cazentre | December 8, 2015

SYRACUSE, NY — Empire Brewing Co,. today announced its second collaboration with a Chinese company to make a beer using traditional Asian tea ingredients.

empireherbs.JPG Brewing up Kuding-Ta IPA at Empire Brewing Co. in Syracuse: Ingredients include the bitter herb kuding (on plate at top), and New York-grown Chinook hops, bottom. The glass holds an infusion of the herb to be used in brewing the beer, a collaboration between between Empire and Panda Brew of China. (Don Cazentre)

The new beer — Kuding-Ta IPA — is flavored with the bitter kuding herb, the leaf of the Chinese holly plant, plus New York-grown Chinook hops.

It’s part of plan to grow the Empire Brewing Co., which operates an Armory Square brewpub and is currently building one of New York’s largest craft breweries off Route 13 in Cazenovia.

The goal is to expand Empire’s brand identity beyond the Empire State — and into the world’s largest economic market.

In Central New York, Kuding-Ta IPA will available in about two weeks on tap at Empire’s Armory Square brewpub, 120 Walton St. At the same time, a Chinese-made version will debut in the brewpubs operated by Panda Brew of Beijing.

The beer will then be made by Panda Brew in China. The company has 4 brewpubs and sells packaged beer in 40 Chinese cities.

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Goldfish tea bags will catch your heart, hook, line and sinker

By Sarah Spigelman Richter | December 8, 2015

You can relax — that’s not a fish swimming in your teacup. It’s just a tea bag designed to look like one.

The newest craze to hit the tea world is goldfish tea bags. The bags are shaped like fish, and when you pull the string that is attached, it looks like the fish is swimming.

Charm Villa, a Taipei-based creative agency, started the production of these fish-shaped tea bags in 2013. The bags are now available to enjoy in America. Customers can purchase themonline for as much as $20 per bag, though they reportedly sell $35 per pack of 12 in Taiwan.

The tea, which is sourced from Taiwan, comes in four flavors including three varieties of oolong tea and a black tea.

A Charm Villa representative tells Eater the teabags, designed by 28 university students, are made from Japanese fabric. Of the 16 steps that go into making a single bag, “Nine of those require manual, handicraft skill.”

The bag itself won the iF Design Award 2015 for Discipline Packaging and the Red Dot Communication Design Award in 2014 for its ingenious design.

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This $1,300 Connected Tea Infuser Has Raised $5.1 Million – Fortune

By Stacey Higginbotham | December 4, 2015

Is this where VC should be placing its bets?

Has the rush to build connected kitchen products that can cook, bake, and brew everything “perfectly” gone too far?

Teforia, a company that is building an Internet-connected tea infuser that is pitched as being able to brew tea customized for your taste buds, has raised $5.1 million led by UpFront Ventures with participation from Lemnos Labs, PreAngel Wareness and InnoSpring. The machine tracks earthy, floral, savory, and sweet flavor profiles as well as caffeine and antioxidant levels in loose leaf teas, and based on the user’s feedback saves those preferences in the app. When users brew a new tea that the Teforia machine recognizes, it can adjust the brew times and water temperatures to enhance preferred flavors and the chemical levels. With unknown teas it will rely on user feedback and then save the preference for the next cup.

I’ve seen the Teforia in action at a booth at the Smart Kitchen Summit last month in Seattle, and it was mobbed. It is a beautiful machine that people who have tried it assure me makes an amazing cup of tea.

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A Maddening Tea Party 

By Layla Eplett | October 29, 2015

Maybe Alice was mad to be in Wonderland but she was really mad when she left the Mad Tea Party.  Leaving the party, she vowed never to return and declared, “It’s the stupidest tea-party I ever was at in all my life!” Manners were paramount when Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published 150 years ago. In Lewis Carroll’s subversive take on the British culture, authority, social convention, and conformity were all subject to parody and the Mad Tea Party was no exception. In it, everything–including fundamental Victorian norms like etiquette–went topsy turvy.

Edward Wakeling is the author of Lewis Carroll: The Man and his Circle, an appraisal of Carroll resulting from forty years of research. “Carroll was well aware of etiquette,” he tells me. In 1855, ten years prior to writing Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Carroll published Hints for Etiquette: or Dining Out Made Easy. It parodied the strict and stuffy rules characteristic of the notoriously formal and strait-laced Victorian era. Class was particularly pronounced during this period–manners could be a form of social signifier and depth of knowledge regarding etiquette could contribute to acceptance or dismissal from fashionable social circles.

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