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Monday, January 21, 2013

Hot Tea Month

by: Stephanie Burkhart

For most of us January is a cold, cold month – perfect for National Hot Tea Month in the U.S.

There are a lot of benefits to tea and a taste for everyone. The two biggest advantages include: acting as an aid in weight loss and helping to ward off colds and flu.

Weight Loss
The theory here is that green tea contains catechin, a chemical which has thermogenic properties that promote breaking down fat. Several studies conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and by the International Journal of Obesity support this theory.

Fighting Germs
Research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences supported the following conclusion: 3 cups of black tea a day produced germ fighting cells giving tea drinks the ability to fight colds and flu better than coffee drinkers

Feedback: Give a shout out if you're a tea drinker. What types of tea do you drink? What would you recommend?

Author Bio: Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD. Her story, Feast of Candles, is available as a 99 cent spicy contemporary romance.

Blurb: Drake is going to take the biggest chance of his life on a bottle of wine. Will he break through the armor that surrounds Lily's lonely heart?


Drake stepped out of his BMW rental, ready to conquer. Yes, like his Viking ancestors claimed Europe, he would do the same here in the heart of California wine country.

Glancing around the parking lot, he observed several couples in evening attire approaching the winery's main doors. She would be inside – Lily Marquand. An indefinable feeling of rightness filled him, and he casually strolled toward the entrance.

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  1. Your post made me very happy. Every morning, my husband and I have three cups of Irish Breakfast tea (black tea blend)and then later in the day I drink green tea with lemon. My sister-in-law introduced me to the benefits of green tea, but I have to have the black tea for breakfast to pry open my eyes. ☺ Great post!

    1. Caroline thanks for sharing. :) When I reach for tea it's usually lipton, so researching this has been fun learning all the different teas.


  2. I always have a five o'clock tea, at 4 pm. DH and I stop anyting we're doing to share a cup of dark tea. But you encourage me to start drinking green tea again. I used to drink it daily with my Mom.

    1. Mona, I think that's a great thing to do. Taking a coupe of moments to enjoy a good tea and each other. It's the little things like that which help keep relationships alive.


  3. I don't have a tea partner. A southern girl, I drink iced tea all day. I mix brands, kinds, and flavors, including medicinal herbal teas for my allergies and echinacea tea.

  4. I'm not a tea drinker, but recently the DH has gotten into the habit of drinking green tea, which is supposed to be good for controlling sugar levels and other such things, and he's not drinking as much coffee as before.

    Once in a blue moon, if I'm at an event and they're serving tea, I'll have some with a delectable finger sandwich or other such item.

    A lot of what we eat and drink is done through habit and necessity. I usually drink milk at lunch, for the calcium content, but Pepsi at dinner because I like it!

    Morgan Mandel

  5. I have a sister in law who works at a tea shop, so I've tended to drink more tea since she started there. I'm not sure I'm as addicted as I might be to coffee, ;) yet, but I am fond of the specialty teas and ice tea. There's this mango blend and a rose based tea that she sells there (*drool*)--so tasty! Mary, have you tried Arnold Palmer's half iced tea/half lemonade that Arizona puts out? That is a good iced ice!