More tea facts

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Even though I’m an avid tea drinker, I still frequently learn something new about tea’s health benefits. For instance, did you know that green tea is a good source of vitamin C? How much? Well, one source says that green tea has more vitamin C than an orange, but another says there’s about 280mg per 100g of loose leaves (3g = 1 teaspoon, meaning about 9g of vitamin C per cup… a medium orange has 70mg). I couldn’t seem to find a definitive answer.

Most of tea’s vitamin C is lost during fermentation, so black and oolong teas have significantly less than green tea.

Vegetarian dies from Mad Cow

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A vegetarian teen in the UK has reportedly died from the human form of “Mad Cow Disease”:

The family say they can’t understand how Jorawar contracted the disease when he was brought up in a vegetarian household and rarely ate beef. They believe the answer could lie in gelatin—a meat protein used in yoghurts, sweets and other food products.

The Miracle Dog

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Death-defying dog

A dog is hit by a car, a cop shoots her in the head to put her out of her misery, and the dog is put into a body bag in a freezer. A few hours later, an animal control worker opens up the freezer and the body bag is standing up… the dog was still alive.

A really amazing story. (via Alex)

Tea an “effective disease fighter”

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A cup of tea may be germs’ new enemy

Some great news for tea drinkers (like me!):

“We worked out the molecular aspects of this tea component in the test tube and then tested it on a small number of people to see if it actually worked in human beings,” said Bukowski. The results, he said, gave clear proof that five cups of tea a day sharpened the body’s defenses against disease.

Gregory Smith

VegetarianTeen.com has an interview with Gregory Smith, the 13-year-old founder of the International Youth Advocates. Smith’s amazing story starts at age two when he decided to become vegetarian, goes through his high school graduation at age ten, and his back-to-back Nobel Peace Prize nominations at ages 12 and 13. He’s set to graduate college this year and has a grand vision of how children can be the ones to bring peace about in a world full of tension and hate. It’s great to see someone so young and so incredibly intelligent devoting his time and energy towards a goal that would takes a child’s enthusiasm to reach.

(via VP)