Why tea is popular
What makes it so popular? Ask any tea drinker why it's their favourite drink and they're likely to mention a variety of factors – it's thirst-quenching, revitalising, energising, refreshing, relaxing . . . and lots more.
There are many reasons why this versatile drink is the first choice for so many people around the world. Apart from water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. Tea is as hydrating at water; unsweetened tea is 99.5% water.
The range of tea products (e.g. hot brewed teas, fruit and herbal teas, iced teas) and exciting flavours available, allows you to easily maintain healthy hydration levels in a an enjoyable way. Daily tea drinking is suitable for everybody as part of a healthy balanced lifestyle.
It's all in the leaves
Black (regular), oolong, green and white teas are all made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, a plant cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions. The differences in colour and taste relate to how the leaves are handled and dried after harvesting. Black tea leaves are crushed, exposed to the air and dried; this oxidation brings a richer, darker colour and flavour, whilst green tea leaves are heated straight after harvesting and dried, preserving the green colour.
Tea doesn't just taste great, it has many additional qualities
- It's a great source of fluoride in the diet and is the major dietary source of L-theanine, a naturally occurring amino acid. In comparison with brewed / filtered coffee, tea contains on average half the level of caffeine per cup.
- Tea is a rich source of flavonoids, compounds which are also widely available in the diet through fruits, vegetables, cocoa and wine. Diets rich in flavonoids have been associated with health benefits, especially heart health. In Western populations, drinking tea provides the main source of flavonoids in the diet.
- Additionally, there has long-been a traditional consumer belief that tea can revive and has relaxing properties.
- Tea, when drunk on its own, without milk or sugar, contains zero calories, and therefore, can play an excellent part in your weight management programme.
Differences between green tea and black tea
Both black and green teas naturally contain the same substance – flavonoids, theanine, caffeine and fluoride, but in differing quantities. Green tea leaves are high in flavonoids called catechins, which give green tea is vibrant colour. Black tea leaves are rich in flavonoids called thearubigins and theaflavins, which give black tea its red/brown colour.
Fruit and herbal infusions are natural, zero calorie (when consumed without milk and sugar) and caffeine-free beverages that can also be enjoyed as part of a healthy balanced diet. They have been traditionally consumed for centuries for various perceived benefits. Fruit flavoured black and green tea differ from fruit and herbal Infusions in that they do contain caffeine. The great taste and variety of all the teas are excellent sources of hydration and can be consumed regularly as part of a healthy balanced diet.
Ready to drink tea
Ready to drink Iced Tea is ready prepared tea generally consumed cold and available in a number of different formats including bottles and cans. Iced Tea can be made from freshly brewed leaves or from the extract of leaves (tea powder).
- Regular iced tea contains approximately 30% less sugar / calories than many carbonated soft drinks. Furthermore, we are lowering the sugar level of many of our RTC products to offer great tasting varieties with less sugar / calories.
- Diet RTD ice tea contains no sugar / calories.
- A bottle of RTD iced tea (500ml) generally contains less than third caffeine than a standard cup of brewed coffee.
- RTD has a great refreshing taste, can contribute to daily hydration and can be consumed as part of a healthy balanced diet.
Leading the world
Lipton, the leading global tea brand, promises natural goodness and a great taste: no wonder so many people trust it as the perfect way to stay refreshed and hydrated. It's one of the few brands with its own tea estates and tea research facilities, employing more than 80,000 people, and is a driving force behind sustainable tea agriculture.