I've heard the same old misconceptions about tea repeated over and over again. Most often it's the news media that gets these things wrong but I've even seen books that perpetuate myths about tea. Some of the points on this list really grind my gears! So many tea drinking newbies are misled and misinformed until someone shows them the light.
1. Any dried plant material brewed in hot water is tea.
➣ For more on this check out my blog post: Does All Tea Really Come From the Same Plant?
2. Green tea doesn't have caffeine and black tea has the most.
➣ While we're on the subject of caffeine, you might want to check out: Is It Possible to Decaffeinate Tea?
3. Green tea is the healthiest.
One misconception that I see often in the media is that green tea is the healthiest. While green tea does generally contain a higher concentration of antioxidants it is possible for other types of tea to be just as high, if not higher, in antioxidants. It is important to look at where our information comes from. Tea is generally not considered a topic of great importance (outside of our own little tea world) so most of the scientific studies being done in the United States are privately funded. For this reason, the types of studies that are done are generally very skewed. If Unilever wants to make a green tea face wash, they would find it very advantageous to find that their product has potential health claims.
➣ For more on how I feel about health benefits and tea, check out this oldie but goodie: Health Benefits, Smealth Benefits
4. Tea makes you lose weight.
5. Loose leaf tea is too hard to make.
It's definitely a common misconception that loose leaf tea is extraordinarily harder to make than tea bags. The truth is that tea can be as complex or as simple as you want it to be. The mechanics are not a whole lot different from tea bags. You just need a way to remove the leaves from the water. When I first got into tea the only brewing method I had was a simple mesh infuser basket. This trusty tool served me well all through my college years until I had the time and space to dedicate to accumulating more advanced gear.
➣ If you're new to making tea, you might want to check out my primer: How to Brew Loose Leaf Tea
Are there other misconceptions that you've heard of? Let me know about them in the comments! I'd love to tackle them in future blog posts.