Here at Healthy-Teas.com we’re always happy to promote the sites that we feel deserve a little more credit and attention, as well as the articles and studies we think that everyone needs to read. We created a directory to include a few top sites that we used a lot in creating this website.
These top tea sites do not include any e-commerce sites. There are many such sites of this nature that we really enjoy, including a few like TeaPigs that we praise constantly even though we have no monetary incentive to do so, but we’ve linked to them more than enough and it’s time to shine the spotlight on some other sites.
Tea and Health: This is a very unbiased, honest study on tea and the way it impacts human health. It looks at both the positive and the negative effects, at both minimal consumption and heavy consumption in populations all over the world.
Contrary to what you might think, it’s not all positive when it come to tea. It’s certainly way more positive than negative, but there are suggestions that there could be some slight negative effects and this study covers those in full. It culminates with the suggestion that more research needs to be done before the effects of tea in humans can be stated with any conclusive proof. However, it also looks at the many potential positive aspects, from the way it reduces risk of cancer to the impact it has on Parkinson’s Disease.
Harvard Medical Publishing on Tea: This is a short guide from a very good source on the potential benefits of tea. It doesn’t claim that it is a miraculous substance and states clearly that while it can help to reduce the risk of many diseases and illnesses, it is never a good substitute for a healthy lifestyle. In other words, tea consumption is not going to offset damage done by obesity, alcohol consumption, poor diet and smoking, but when combined with a healthy lifestyle it can be a potent protector against many of life’s fatal problems.
It takes a close look at the ingredients in tea that are said to be beneficial and it does this in a clear and concise way. We have covered many such benefits on this site as well, most of which is on herbal teas. This particular article is all about black tea and green tea, two of the most commonly consumed teas in the world. It’s still fantastic information though and well worth taking onboard if you are a big tea drinker.
There is also some very interesting information about coffee on this page. It’s not our favorite drink and it’s not as healthy as tea if we take comparative evidence onboard, but it’s still very promising and it’s a good excuse to keep drinking your daily cup of java.
HealthLine: There are a few sites out there that do something similar to what we do, providing a wealth of information on the healthiest teas and superfoods. In one way or another these all contributed to Health0Teas.com. It was thanks to sites like LiveStrong that we decided to create a virtual ad-free site, focusing on occasional affiliate offers and sponsored placements as opposed to the mass of intrusive ads, pop-ups and videos that they have on their site and that many of their competitors use on theirs as well.
Don’t get us wrong, LiveStrong has a lot of great content and we completely understand their need to use these ads. If Healthy-Teas wasn’t mainly a project of passion we might be forced to do the same. But because of those ads, we find that we respect sites that don’t have them a lot more, and one of the best ones for limited-ad browsing is HealthLine. It still has them, but nowhere near as many and they are not intrusive and annoying.
HealthLine is packed with great advice on tea, superfoods, and everything else that is good for you and that you need more of.
Hot Tea Risk: This is a very worrying study covered by The Guardian and undertaken by Chinese researchers. They were able to conclude that the risk of esophageal cancer increased by as much as 500% when scalding hot tea was consumed on a regular basis. If you’re anything like us and your cup of tea is still steaming even when you’re consumed all of it, then this is a concern.
However, it’s worth noting that it isn’t quite that cut and dry. At the time this report went live a few sites misquoted it and focused entirely on the tea issue. Soon, “scalding” became “hot” and the fact that the report quoted excessive alcohol consumption and smoking as risk factors in combination with scalding tea were omitted completely.
If you drink tea after it has cooled down a little or you add milk, then there’s a good chance you’re not as big of a risk factor as you thought. If you do not drink to excess and you do not smoke, then your risk factor could be just the same as someone who doesn’t drink hot tea. However, if you consume alcohol regularly, smoke and drink scalding tea then this article should be a warning sign that forces you to change your ways.
After all, as healthy as tea is, it’s no good to you if it’s doing serious harm before those healthy ingredients even hit your stomach and begin to work their magic.
Huff Post: This is more of a buzzword piece to finish on and it’s a few years old, but we still have a lot of respect for these articles because it’s articles like this that get many people drinking tea in the first place.
The casual drinker doesn’t pay too much attention to complex studies. They want viral articles, buzzword-heavy content and straightforward claims, and it’s sites like Huff Post that provide that sort of content. We’re not knocking it. It’s a very good site with great content, and this is one of the better pieces out there. But they can be guilty of being a little less in-depth at times, which is why pieces like this stand out more.