Order tea like a Singaporean
“Are you local?”
“Are you Singaporean?”
“Where are you from?”
I get these a lot! I’m not sure if it’s the way I speak or just the way I look, but people don’t think I am a Singaporean. Some say I look like Indo-Chinese, some say I look like a Eurasian, some say I look like I’m from China, just no one say I’m local. But I sure can order tea like a true blue Singaporean.
I came out with a chart (with reference from a poster I’ve seen on a wall at x Kopitiam).
Now it’s so much easier to understand, right?
While there are so many variation of tea in Singapore, I always go for TEH O, if not TEH O SIEW DAI. And hubby goes for TEH, and occasionally, TEH C.
What’s your favourite?
I’m not sure how healthy these drinks are, but without the sugar and condensed milk (yes, I’m talking about TEH O KOSONG), they are beneficial to us.
TOP 10 HEALTH BENEFITS OF DRINKING TEA
- Tea contains antioxidants
It protects our body from the ravages of ageing and the effects of pollution.
- Tea has less caffeine than coffee
Coffee usually has two to three times the caffeine of tea.
- Tea may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke
Unwanted blood cots formed from cholesterol and blood platelets cause heart attack and stroke. Drinking tea may help keep your arteries smooth and clog-free, the same way a drain keeps your bathroom pipes clear.
- Tea protects your bones
One study that compared tea drinkers with non-drinkers, found that people who drank tea for 10 or more years had the strongest bones, even after adjusting for age, body weight, exercise, smoking and other risk factors. The authors suggest that this may be the work of tea’s many beneficial phytochemical.
- Tea gives you s sweet smile
Tea contains fluoride and tannins that may keep plaque at bay. So add unsweetened tea drinking to your daily dental routine of brushing and flossing for healthier teeth and gums.
- Tea bolsters your immune defences
Drinking tea may help your body’s immune system fight off infection.
- Tea protects against cancer
Thank the polyphenols, the antioxidants found in tea, once again for their cancer-fighting effects. While the overall research is inconclusive, there are enough studies that show the potential protective effects of drinking tea to make adding tea to your list of daily beverages.
- Tea helps keep you hydrated
Caffeinated beverages, including tea, used to be on the list of beverages that didn’t contribute to our daily fluid needs. Since caffeine is a diuretic and makes us pee more, the thought was that caffeinated beverages couldn’t contribute to our overall fluid requirement. However, recent research had shown that the caffein really doesn’t matter – tea and other caffeinated beverages definitely contribute to our fluid needs. The only time the caffeine becomes a problem as far as fluid is concerned is when you drink more than five or six cups of a caffeinated beverage at one time.
- Tea is calorie-free
Tea doesn’t have any calories, unless you add sweetener or milk.
- Tea increases your metabolism
Tea, especially green tea, has been shown to actually increase metabolic rate so that you can burn 70 to 80 additional calories by drinking just five cups of green tea per day. Over a year’s time you could lose eight pounds just by drinking green tea.
What are you waiting for? Grab yourself a cup of hot tea now!