Tea is often associated with ceremony and poise. It’s also counted to be a healthy beverage for the anti-oxidants it contains. But knowing just this much isn’t enough, especially if your one to reach out for chai than kapi.
An interactive tea-tasting experience held in the city on Friday came to the aid of lovers of the brew. Led by Gaurav Saria, an eminent tea-taster, the audience was introduced to five exotic teas, ranging from white to black, including the all-time favourite Masala Chai and Green tea. Bringing in cultural references and history, Gaurav talked about the origin of each tea and gave tips on how to brew them. As different teas present different tastes, Gaurav discussed about the health benefits of having tea.
“I recommend that tea be had without milk, in order to retain its health benefits,” said Gaurav who added that the trend of dipping tea bags is bad and not healthy. “Health conscious people should not go in for tea bags and instead prefer to use loose leaves,” he said.
Also present at the event was prominent nutritionist Dr Prema HS of Varenya Nutrition Concepts who answered queries related to the use of artificial sweeteners and how sucralose compares with them. “By replacing sugar sucralose, we can enjoy our cup of tea without all the empty calories that sugar provides,” she said. Winter and the festival season is when many of us like nothing more than to nurse a cup of hot tea or coffee with friends and family. This unfortunately also makes it the hardest time to shed that extra weight and stay in shape. “Substituting sugar with a zero-calorie sweetener in your daily cups of tea and coffee may be a great way to enjoy the season and keep away the calories at the same time,” she added.