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Sunday, May 08, 2005

Coffee, tea or Tea Cola

IANS reports:
Have your cola and be healthy too! An exotic health drink made from tea extracts by Indian scientists could soon give global cola giants a run for their money.

A team of scientists at the heart of India's tea industry in Assam said the new soft drink named Tea Cola could win over millions of cola drinkers across the world.

The scientists, and indeed the news agency, appear to believe that the medicinal qualities present in a drink influences people's choice of beverage. Tea, the main ingredient of Tea Cola, is hyped as a "potent antioxidant" that "could cut the risk of heart attack" and "help in fighting cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol levels, cardiovascular disease, infection, besides impaired immune function". The article continues:
The Tea Cola apart, the same team of scientists has recently hogged international limelight by developing the world's first pocket teas - a tea pill that can be chewed or sipped and having the same refreshing effect as a steaming hot cup of tea.

The tea pill is ready for marketing and could hit the stands any time now, Hazarika said. Another value addition is the 'instant flavoured tea' and 'tea powder' - two projects that the team is currently working on.

This reminds me of a friend I had in college who never drank tea, but ate it. He would fill his ice-tray with freshly brewed tea before going to bed, and wake up in the morning and eat the tea cubes. I always meant to try it, but never did. Maybe now's the time for the cube that refreshes.
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