August 24, 2006

Tea Vindicated

According to researchers, tea is the “bomb-diggity.”

And, yes, I’m sure they used those exact words.


  • Tea is found to rehydrate as well as water does, rather than dehydrate as previously thought.
  • Tea has fluoride which helps protect your teeth from plaque and possible tooth decay.
  • Tea is good for your bones.
  • Flavinoids (a certain class of antioxidants) in tea are believed to help prevent cell damage, and possibly reduce your chances of heart attack.

Be a little careful, though, because tea can impair iron absorbtion, which is bad for people who are at risk for anemia. The solution is to avoid tea at mealtimes. Instead, drink tea at tea time. (duh!)

No word on the health benefits of cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off, but who doesn’t love those?

As my daughter likes to point out, the Tea Act and subsequent boycott helped make coffee popular here in the colonies way back when. Perhaps enough years have passed that we can stop throwing tea into the harbor and start drinking it again.

Posted by James at August 24, 2006 12:37 PM
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James, your Irish is showing. Be careful the next time you go to Beacon Hill.

Cucumber sandwiches don't have crusts. The cucumber is the bread (as it were).

I'm not going elitist on you. My next door neighbor is from London and the first time she had us over for tea I:

1) Immediately asked for coffee

2) When presented with a sliced cucumber with (god save us all) salmon paste oozing out of it I asked, "Where the hell's the bread? THIS is a cucumber sandwich??"

Anyway, the invitations don't come as often these days...

Posted by: Steve at August 24, 2006 4:04 PM

Ok, I guess you got me. We have a recipe for cucumber sandwiches that involves bread. It's not a family recipe, we got it out of a book.

Yeah, I'm not British enough to know what a real cucumber sandwich is.

I do love cucumbers. I can do without the salmon paste, though.

Posted by: James at August 24, 2006 4:16 PM

I've only ever had them with bread, but I'd be happy to try them with salmon paste instead.

Posted by: Julie at August 25, 2006 9:32 AM

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