It’s known as the world’s most consumed drink after water. Despite it was first grown in ancient China, popularization of tea around the world mainly began during the 17th century when the British entered the trade by growing and producing tea in large scale in their colonies – especially in India and Ceylon. According to the history, the demand for tea in British aristocratic society started to grow when the habit was brought to England by Princess Catherine of Braganza in Portugal when she got married to King Charles II of England in 1662. Since then, the production of tea ramped up dramatically in India and Ceylon by making it into one of their largest commercially grown plants. As of today, tea is consumed almost everywhere in the world in so many different ways according to the differences in culture and preference. However, Turkey, Ireland, The United Kingdom, Iran, and Russia are the countries that consume the most. Although the British empire tried to disrupt the China’s monopoly in the tea market back in 1600s; still, they lead the list as the largest tea producer in the world. They are followed by India, Kenya, and Sri Lanka as the largest tea producers to date. However, in terms of the quality, there’s a special place for the tea grown in Sri Lankan soil, which known for centuries as Ceylon tea – as the brand for the finest tea in the world.
Ingredients Of Black Tea
Black tea contains Caffeine, and antioxidants such as catechins, theaflavins, and thearubigins – a particular group of antioxidants called polyphenols – and flavonoids – that can bring a lot of health benefits. Also, a cup a black tea contains 3mg of sodium, 37mg of potassium, vitamin C, B2, E, magnesium, and zinc to supplement the wide range of benefits that antioxidants can bring.
Benefits Of Black Tea
- Improves heart health
- Helps to control blood sugar level
- Reduces the risks of cancer
- Helps to maintain a healthy skin
- Improves mental health