Updated: May 11
10 random facts about the humble cup of tea:
About 40% of the UK's fluid intake today will be tea
If you drink tea without milk, then it contains 0 calories.
If you add a splash of semi-skimmed to your tea then it will only contain 13 calories
4 cups of tea with milk provides 21% of daily calcium requirement.
Tea is a source of the essential minerals manganese and potassium, needed for bone growth and body development and maintaining body fluid levels.
Black, green, white and oolong teas are from the same plant: Camelia sinensis. The only difference is that they are just processed differently after they are picked
On average you use more than 10 leaves to brew up 1 cup of tea
Black, green, white and oolong teas all contain similar amounts of antioxidants and caffeine.
The average cup of tea contains less than half the level of caffeine than coffee. One cup contains only 50mg per 190ml cup.
Contrary to popular belief tea is not dehydrating. In fact, it is an important source of fluid the Food Standards Agency advise that drinking tea can help to meet daily fluid requirements (8 cups of fluid a day).