Tea is an important and healthy beverage that provides us with a multitude of properties. It has many vitamins and nutrients, and is a great ally for our body. In addition, there are so many varieties and it is such a versatile drink that we can prepare it in a thousand different ways. But, in addition to all this, tea is an emblem in many cultures. Important millenary traditions revolve around it. For all this, and to raise awareness about the importance of this drink, every May 21 International Tea Day is celebrated. Will you join us to celebrate it?
But before we begin, let’s get to know this beverage a little more in depth. For, although it is incorrect, we often use the term tea and infusion interchangeably. And the truth is that they are not the same. While an infusion is a drink obtained by infusing (boiling or steeping in hot water) different herbs, spices, fruits, plants… Tea is also an infusion but only elaborated with the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant.
The difference between the different types of teas that we find in the market is in the moment in which the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant are harvested. As well as depending on the type of drying, oxidation, etc. to which they are exposed.
Did you know that tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world? It is second only to water.
International Tea Day, May 21
Due to its importance in the diet of many people around the world, May 21st has been established as International Tea Day. Since 2005, this date has been celebrated in countries such as China, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Turkey, Japan, as well as other important producers. However, since 2019, this celebration has spread to many other parts of the world. For in 2019, the United Nations General Assembly made official the International Tea Day.
This date aims to promote the production of tea, as well as its conditions. In addition to raising awareness about the importance of this plant and its health benefits.
Objectives of this celebration
The International Tea Day aims to promote the consumption of this healthy beverage. As well as to make known the benefits and properties it has on the organism. It also helps tea producers to improve their working conditions, as well as to strengthen their rights in the world market.
This date has also been made official to encourage political decisions that are necessary to improve the conditions of producers. As well as regulating their price and market share.
And finally, let’s remember some properties of tea.
Let’s see, in a very summarized way, what benefits we get from including tea in our diet on a regular basis.
- Consuming this drink regularly promotes good circulation, while reducing the risk of heart problems or cardiovascular disease.
- It is a drink rich in antioxidants.
- It also contributes to maintaining good hydration.
- It improves our immune system, thanks to its contribution of flavonoids and vitamin H.
- It is a diuretic drink
- And finally, it has an important relaxing effect.
And, with this, we finish celebrating International Tea Day. If you also want to celebrate it, here is an idea to make a very original drink: Green Tea with mint and lime.
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