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tea September 8, 2006

Posted by Perry in Nutrition.

See here for the Tea Post you’re looking for. It’s on the new running and juggling blog.


1. anita - September 8, 2006

Yeh, it might have all those benefits but it still tastes like dishwater to me…

2. justyouraveragejoggler - September 8, 2006

Anita, you make an excellent point! After about 2 years I finally got to the point where it didn’t taste bad anymore. I take my tea with no sugar, no cream, nothing. And I sometimes get 1 liter of tea from a single bag. My personal best is 3 liters from a single bag. I like to say, “If ya got brown, ya got tea”. Admittedly, I have been known to just drink hot water after forgetting to put a tea bag in. I wonder if the hot water has any benefits. hmmm

3. henningninneh - September 12, 2006

try some real tea, no tea-bags. it’s delicious with candy and cream. use small cups and sip it very hot. this recipe is a good one (but it needn’t be as strong – only pretenders do this).

4. henningninneh - September 12, 2006
5. jon - September 13, 2006

Who in their right mind makes tea with cream?

Make your tea right (or move to England) and you’ll love it!

Warm teapot, couple of tea bags or even loose tea, hot water and bobs your mothers brother.

Add sugar and lots of milk to make a comforting ‘wet day’ drink, otherwise drink it with a little milk, just enough to colour it.

A scone with jam and clotted cream makes an ideal accompaniment, although the health benefits of this addition are yet to be debated.

6. justyouraveragejoggler - September 13, 2006

Someday I think I’ll start a blog just about tea. I’ll become a collector and then be known as a world famous tea guru. Right after I crack this joggling nut.

7. justyouraveragejoggler - September 13, 2006

Actually, I think the health benefits of tea go down significantly if you start adding sugar and milk. Then again, if it tastes good you should eat it. Eating healthy is overrated in my book. Even if spend your whole life eating healthy you are only going to extend your life on average by 3 months to a year. Is that really worth a lifetime of denile? Think about it

8. cindy - September 25, 2006

I’ve been adding Splenda to my lipton tea everyday…do I still get the same benefits of drinking tea?

9. tom - September 26, 2006

I‘ve learnt from Lao Tzu. Today, I find worldly answers looking through God’s eyes and not from man’s logic and lab equipment.

I see “tap water”, “bottled water” and especially “fizzy drinks”, are man’s creation, missing essential “Godly essences” for the healthy survival of man and animals.

Natural drinking water should be from lakes and streams that have been soaked with decomposing plant leaves, branches and roots, and the occasional dead animal. There, lays in this water, very important agents that keep germs and substances in balance for healthy living.

Civilised people of course, shun drinking from lakes and streams and are doing themselves a great disservice … thus coming up with deficient defences again diseases such as cancers.

But, the Chinese knew for centuries that boiled hot clean water soaked with fermented tea leaves, ginseng roots, certain mushrooms, flower petals and barks of trees, is at least near semblance to nature’s water. They don’t drink pure water, only tea and such likes, and for long before the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition report about the benefits of tea, and that tea is better than water.

10. Scotiabank Toronto Lakefront Marathon Wrap-up Report « Just Your Average Joggler - September 27, 2006

[…] Marathon morning was pretty typical. I didn’t sleep much, waking up about once an hour to check the time. I guess I worry about missing the race. I got out of bed 10 minutes before the alarm buzzed. I put on my previously laid out clothes and made a pot of tea for a caffiene jolt. I poured the tea into an empty water bottle and sipped it on the trip to the marathon start line. It was a short 10 minute walk from the hotel. […]

11. justyouraveragejoggler - September 28, 2006

The next time you’re looking through God’s eyes can you see if you can figure out how I can shave 30 minutes off my best joggling marathon time. I could really use the help.

And remember, God created people and thus everything created by people is ultimately created by God. People are Nature.

Come to think of it, snake venom and the radiation from Uranium is natural too. Nature kills! I think I’ll keep drinking my man-made tap water. With a little tea dunked in no doubt.

12. justyouraveragejoggler - September 28, 2006


Splenda in your tea doesn’t reduce the health benefits. Remember, God invented chemistry, and thus synthetic sugars, right Tom?

13. tom - September 28, 2006

To: justyouraveragejoggler and Cindy,

Life-Spans VS Diets:
Tortoise (Veggies Eating) 152 years
Elephant (Plant Eating) 69 years
Horse (Plant Eating) 50 years
Lion (Meat Eating) 20 years
Dog (Meat Eating) 10 years
Bee (Nectar & pollen) 4 weeks
Butterfly (Nectar only) 2 weeks

From the table above, I would be eating much more veggies than meat and would be keeping away from honey, and not waiting for the Journal of Clinical Nutrition report on the benefits of veggies over meat and that sugar is bad for you.

I see heaven created nectar inside flowers to feed bees and butterflies, which in turn effect pollination for the flowers. Human has no part in this heaven’s arrangement. Hence, there is no cause to put “goodies” in honey for the human.

I see Chemistry and the Kitchen knifes are man’s created instrument and implements, to facilitate his endeavours and livelihood. They cannot be found naturally on earth.

Sugar also cannot be found naturally on earth, but artificially produced. You can blame God for getting human hook on His delicious mangoes, peaches and oranges. After acquiring the sweet tooth, man invented sugar for his convenience to dunk it any anything he eats and drinks.

14. tom - September 28, 2006

To justyouraveragejoggler September 28, 2006:

I see God created all living things and each has as much care and attention given to. So man’s share is only a tiny portion of all naturally occurring activities. Snake venom is created for the snake and human is not part of the plan. And radiation from Uranium is another saga in the Grand Creation of our Universe and human is also not part of the plan.

I also could see in your next joggling test run, when no one is looking, you press the “pause” button on your stop watch. After 30 minutes, you cancel the “pause” on your stop watch. And at the final post, you would have shaved 30 minutes off that run.

15. justyouraveragejoggler - September 28, 2006

Tom, some interesting points. Although you forgot to list the billions of species of vegetarian insects that die in about 2 weeks. And the species of tortises that are carnivorous. Interesting list though.

Sugar is clearly good for people as our consumption has increased and so has our average lifespan. 200 years ago when there was a lot less sugar eaten, people were dying in their 30s. Now that we eat lots of sugar, people live well into their 80’s and even into the 100’s.

I thought knives were invented in China.

Humans are composed of chemicals, molecules, atoms, protons, neutrons and electrons just like every other thing in the Universe. When we die, we are swallowed up by the Earth and return to our rightful place with all the other particles in the Universe. We are Nature.

Thanks for the running tip. Unfortunately, time cares not what a stopwatch has to say.

16. Dan - October 18, 2006

One golden rule for making tea… the water *must* be boiling when you pour it onto the tealeaves/bag. Otherwise it tastes ‘orrible.
Have a look at the essay written by George Orwell (yes, *that* George Orwell!) in 1946:

17. justyouraveragejoggler - October 20, 2006

Nice link Dan, thanks! I often drink tea made from non-boiling water. Of course, sometimes I just drink hot water so my taste opinion is not quite so sophisticated.

18. 10 ways to increase energy and motivation « Just Your Average Joggler - November 20, 2006

[…] Having trouble finding enough energy to go out for that long run or juggle a 2 hour practice session? Then here are some tips that might help you. They are based on information from this article called 15 instant energy boosters. Looks like this study was sponsored by a tea company. We’ve seen here before the benefits of tea drinking. For this article, I’ve only chosen the ones that would work best for running jugglers. […]

19. steve mcguig - January 28, 2007

The fact that water should be boiling is true for most teas like black and white tea, but when making green tea it is recommended that the water be around 90 degrees Farenheit. Green tea can produce a very bitter taste if it is brewed too hot. I learned this from a tea vender in Chicago this year. Suddenly my green tea is tasting better and I enjoy it much more than I used to. I was also told that white tea has the most anti-oxidants in it. Anyone know if that is true?

20. Perry - January 30, 2007

I don’t know about the anti-oxidants but I do know green tea tastes bitter when I brew it. I’ll try to do it at a lower temp. Thanks for the tip.

21. HW - April 15, 2008

All this jazz about tea and health and antioxidants is too complicated. I doubt that imitating this or that aspect of Chinese life will make us better people, nor will it change the society which produces the tempting poisons savvier folks are trying to quit. If being “healthy” means regulating my diet like women trying to conceive chart their cycles by the moon, I want no part of it. I’m not Martha Stewart or a homesteading grandmother, I can’t remember all these goddamn recipes and nutrition facts and the “suggested health benefits” of 100 different kinds of tea and tuber. Besides, all that is no doubt overrated. It’s so very easy to claim your product will prevent some kind of cancer or “revitalize” you. Rooibos tea is supposed to alleviate headache; yerba (Ilex paraguariensis) is supposed to keep you awake. Well, hey, maybe that’s so, but if I want to get rid of my headache I’ll take a bloody aspirin, and if I want to stay awake I’ll have coffee. The fact is, these are local products being pawned off on the American consumer as vitally important discoveries in alimentary medicine, or however they spin it. Go to Uruguay and you’ll see everyone, almost literally, sipping away at their yerba mate; go to South Africa and you’ll see folks having rooibos. The question is: Do we really need any of this? Hypercapitalism leads to hyperglut of local products from everywhere in the world; if you were to spend your time studying, and all your money buying this stuff, you’d sacrifice in lived time what you only believe you’re stocking up in future time. For it isn’t a question of immediate relief of certain ailments; only very powerful stimulants and the like are good for that. (Unfortunately, most of those are illegal here and in most of the Western world.) I would expect someone suffering from headache to drink only rooibos tea, unless it were absolutely certain to promptly and effectively neutralize headache, as do aspirin and acetaminophen (in most cases). Any doctor proposing the same would be a witch doctor. So if it ain’t good for immediate relief, and your doctor wouldn’t prescribe it over the usual chemical remedy, why should we believe their claims at all? The “world product” industry is huge and, compared to other industries, quite harmless (it doesn’t even ream those in the lesser earning bracket, usually, because they don’t know or care about the rarefied tastes of the “healthy”); but just the same it relies on a marketing strategy designed to play on the chronic consumer’s addled worldview — through falsehood, gullibility, and the fetish for “authenticity — to clear its warehouses.

Beer, water and coffee, thank you.

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