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Green tea, white tea, black tea -- they all have different health benefits. See how well you know tea with this quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: Other than water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, after water. More than 6.6 billion pounds of tea are produced each year.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

What are the different types of tea?

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The correct answer is: The three basic types of tea are black, green and oolong. They vary by how they are processed, more specifically, by the degree of fermentation involved.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which tea isn't fermented at all?

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The correct answer is: Green is not fermented at all, oolong is slightly fermented and black is the most fermented.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which tea contains the most health-enhancing polyphenols?

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The correct answer is: One serving of green tea contains between 50 and 500 mg of polyphenols, or antioxidants. You'd need to drink about 125 to 500 milligrams of polyphenols per day to reap their cancer-fighting and cholesterol-lowering benefits.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

How long should green tea steep to bring out the most antioxidants?

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The correct answer is: Research shows that steeping small loose leaves between two and five minutes optimally boosts the antioxidants in green tea.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Hot green tea retains more caffeine than iced green tea.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Hot tea retains more caffeine than cold green tea.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which fruit, when added to green tea, will help you absorb its antioxidants the best?

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The correct answer is: Catechins, the antioxidants in green tea famous for lowering your risk of chronic disease, lose their power in your intestine. Luckily, flavoring your tea with a little vitamin C boosts absorption. Researchers have found that lemon has the greatest catechin-preserving effect, closely followed by orange, lime and grapefruit.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which statement is true?

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The correct answer is: Catechins, the cancer and heart disease risk-reducing antioxidants in green tea, quickly lose their power in stored tea, and even more in your intestine. As much as 80 percent of the catechins in green tea are never absorbed. The fix? Brew the tea fresh, and flavor it with lemon to help with absorption.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: Herbal teas contain polyphenols too.

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The correct answer is: This is false. The typical herbal teas that Americans drink do not contain polyphenols, and don't have the same cancer-fighting properties as the Asian teas.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

How many hours of sun protection does green tea provide for the eyes?

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The correct answer is: In one animal study, one daily serving of green tea protected the eyes from the sun for about 20 hours. Those results may sound promising, but don't ditch your shades yet -- this news has yet to be proven in a human study.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Which tea has anti-aging and skin cancer-fighting benefits?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. True teas (black, green, white and oolong) that come from the camellia sinensis plant prevent wrinkling and fight skin cancer.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which of these can be a side effect of drinking tea?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Shocking, right? Here's the breakdown: Drinking large amounts of caffeine may cause women to develop fibrocystic breast disease (more recent studies involved avoiding caffeine), and children drinking an average of 250 milliliters of green tea daily have reported anemia. Finally, bergamot oil, found in Earl Grey tea, may cause liver toxicity and skin problems.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of the following can reduce black tea's heart-healthy effects?

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The correct answer is: Researchers are not sure why, but milk may blunt tea's heart-healthy effects. In a recent study, researchers measured the effects of tea with and without milk on blood vessels in the cardiovascular system. Straight black tea helped blood vessels relax and widen, allowing blood to flow more freely, while tea with milk did not produce the same effect.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which tea is less likely to stain your teeth?

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The correct answer is: While both teas are likely to stain your teeth, green tea doesn't stain your teeth as badly as black tea. If you love the comfort and health benefits of tea, but want to avoid spoiling your smile, swirl water in your mouth after every cup of tea or brush your teeth, flossing daily and using an at-home whitener are other ways to keep your pearly whites just that—white.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Drinking black tea may be especially beneficial for people with which disease?

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The correct answer is: Researchers have found that polyphenols in tea stabilize blood sugar levels. In a large, recent study, people who drank at least 4 cups of tea per day were 16 percent less likely to develop diabetes.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

How much can drinking black tea decrease the risk of Parkinson's disease?

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The correct answer is: In one study, people who drank the most black tea were 29 percent less likely to develop Parkinson's disease compared with people who drank less black tea. It may be that black tea somehow affects estrogen levels in a favorable anti-Parkinson's way. Green tea has no protective effects against PD.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which tea lowers blood pressure?

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The correct answer is: Both of the above. In one study, drinking three cups of hibiscus tea per day appeared to lower systolic blood pressure in people with pre-hypertension or mildly elevated blood pressure by an average of seven points. Green tea can also help lower blood pressure. People who drink half a cup of green tea daily are 50 percent less likely to wind up with hypertension than non-drinkers.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

According to preliminary research, which tea may help reduce belly fat?

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The correct answer is: A recent lab study found that human fat cells treated with white tea extract accumulated as much as 70 percent less fat. The tea also seemed to stimulate the breakdown of fat from mature cells. Don't get your hopes up just yet -- human studies have yet to confirm these results.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: Green tea is a natural antiseptic that relieves itching and swelling.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Got a cut, scrape or bite? Soak a cotton ball in green tea and place it on the affected area. You can also try it on inflamed blemishes, sunburns or puffy eyelids!

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

How much green tea would you need to drink daily to help your memory?

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The correct answer is: Older adults who drink at least two cups of green tea a day are half as likely to develop cognitive problems than those who drink less. That's because the antioxidants in green tea fight the free-radical damage to brain nerves seen in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

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