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    Quote Originally Posted by Anja View Post
    Has anyone here ever drank mate'?
    Yes, I drink it occasionally.

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    I think I have the need bad for some green tea with honey and ginseng...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hmm View Post
    Nice.



    Really? Why is that?



    I have not.


    Perhaps, Hmm, because I grew up on the prairie we didn't have much of a selection then so tasting various teas would have been an exotic treat. Growing up around lotsa corn and beans growing, the idea of taking a fresh plant and drying it (or not) then drinking it would have been fairly strange.

    So I went out into the wide world thinking that all tea was dark brown crinkly stuff in little packages. And you saved the little bags to wring the last possible use out of them. I know, I know. Raised by parents who had gone through the depression. . .

    And everyone where I grew up drank coffee. Even small children. Tea was for when you were sick. Hee. A very homogenous set-in-their-way society.

    Glad you asked - gave me a chance for reflection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhinosaur View Post
    Yes, I drink it occasionally.
    Please tell me about it?
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    After enjoying some Assam black tea (the malty, broken orange pekoe looseleaf kind) I've had a renewed obsession with reading about tea.

    So I decided to geek out a bit and post some wiki links-

    Health benefits - Potential effects of tea on health - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    I found this interesting:
    Boosts mental alertness

    The amino acid L-theanine, found almost exclusively in the tea plant, actively alters the attention networks of the brain, according to results of human trials announced in September 2007. John Foxe, Ph.D., professor of neuroscience, biology and psychology at City College of the City University of New York, found that theanine is absorbed by the small intestine and crosses the blood-brain barrier, where it affects the brain's neurotransmitters and increases alpha brain-wave activity. The result is a calmer, yet more alert, state of mind.[21][22]
    That sounds about right to me. A coworker has this weird synthetic "antioxidant drink" stuff he drinks twice a day which contains caffeine along with some other junk. One day I tried a cup of it, and I was impressed by the surge of energy I got from it, but not impressed at all with how jittery I felt. It was more like overdosing on Jolt. Drinking a pot of black tea, on the other hand, wakes me up but keeps me in a slightly subdued state of mind, exactly as that quoted section suggests. It's an active but slightly more-introverted state of mind. This does NOT work well with sleep deprivation, however--I just get more dazed/sleepy instead.


    One of the drawbacks, however, includes the effects of tannin on the diet. I read (here) that the tannins can reduce your ability to absorb iron and other minerals from plant food, and as a result it's recommended to drink tea *between* meals rather than with. Or use a tea low in tannin, such as white tea or some herbals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anja View Post
    Perhaps, Hmm, because I grew up on the prairie we didn't have much of a selection then so tasting various teas would have been an exotic treat. Growing up around lotsa corn and beans growing, the idea of taking a fresh plant and drying it (or not) then drinking it would have been fairly strange.

    So I went out into the wide world thinking that all tea was dark brown crinkly stuff in little packages. And you saved the little bags to wring the last possible use out of them. I know, I know. Raised by parents who had gone through the depression. . .

    And everyone where I grew up drank coffee. Even small children. Tea was for when you were sick. Hee. A very homogenous set-in-their-way society.

    Glad you asked - gave me a chance for reflection.

    And 'scuse me for letting my fly-overness show!
    That was a lovely story. Thank you for sharing.

    Quote Originally Posted by spirilis View Post
    After enjoying some Assam black tea (the malty, broken orange pekoe looseleaf kind) I've had a renewed obsession with reading about tea.



    One of the drawbacks, however, includes the effects of tannin on the diet.
    And, like coffee, don't forget teeth staining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anja View Post
    Please tell me about it?
    Well, it has a different flavor than tea, kind of earthy... very "warm" flavor, I guess, almost like you're drinking leaves from an oak tree.

    A lot of people drink it because it gives you energy, but it's not like a caffeine buzz from drinking too much coffee, it's more clear-headed.

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    "Teeth staining?" Puleeze. Don't even get me started.

    It was getting to the point that between cleanings I didn't even want to present an open-mouthed smile anymore. Looked like a refugee from the soup kitchens!

    (No offense meant to any soup kitchen frequenters.)

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    Sounds intriguing, rhinosaur.

    And you can buy it in NC? Will have to look about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anja View Post
    And you can buy it in NC? Will have to look about.
    Yes, I know a local dealer who stocks it. You could also probably get it at any Teavana or similar store. I've also bought it in bags from those fancy heath-and-eco-friendly grocery stores. You could also buy it online and have it shipped to you.

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