Tea is probably one of the most surprising sources of helpful plant nutrients. With the exception of water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. Green tea is made from the fresh leaves of the tea plant that are steamed, rolled and dried at high temperatures. Black tea is made by first withering the leaves and then rolling and drying them.

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