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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Rooibos Tea

There is a new tea from South Africa, well, not new to the South Africans (who have been consuming it for untold generations), but new to me. This is Rooibos tea. It cannot be distinguished, in taste tests, from black tea.1 It has less antioxidant activity than green tea but more than black tea.2 I tried it for the first time tonight and found it okay. It has no caffeine but many health advantages.

References
  1. 1998. Caffeine Blues: Wake up to the Hidden Dangers of America’s #1 Drug. Cherniske, Stephen Snehan. New York: Warner Books.
  2. 1997. "Comparison of the antioxidant activity of rooibos tea (Aspalathus linearis) with green, oolong and black tea." A. Von Gadowa, E. Joubertb, C. F. Hansmannb. Food Chemistry. Volume 60, Issue 1, September, Pages 73-77. doi:10.1016/S0308-8146(96)00312-3. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6T6R-3RH0BJ6-D&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=c4269bd826e4d6290c7fa5ea414ccd91 (accessed Jan. 25, 2009).

1 comment:

healthy nutrition said...

This tea really sounds wonderful. I need something other than cofee to keep me up on my job sometimes. Keep up the great work here and pleae visit my health blog: http://healthy-nutrition-facts.blogspot.com/