28 November, 2020

Caffeine For The Soul

Don't blame your insomnia on coffee or tea. Moderate doses of both beverages help you fight greater evils.

Caffeine For The Soul

In this era of health gurus and hale shishyas, the question "coffee, tea or me?" may not be downright facetious. Any hunk plumping for the third choice should fortify himself with tea first, if adman and tea-freak Prahlad Kakkar is to be believed. Kakkar, busy brewing interest in Mumbai’s revamped Tea Centre, says: "Everybody asks me how I don’t look my age." His reply: "It’s because of tea. Keeps you horny." Kakkar’s guffaw is, however, not meant to muffle the seriousness of his reply: "The Brits stole tea from China, ran across the border to plant it in Assam, claiming it as their own. The best was sent off to Europe (which even now sips the fragrant varieties) while we had only left-overs."

Such devotion fermenting in tea’s favour keeps coffee aficionados busy blending their own health lists. Bulky literature on both steams up debate. The enthusiasm of a Kakkar is matched by a coffee devotee in Farzana Contractor of Afternoon Despatch & Courier. If tea is rich in anti-oxidants (the good guys of cellular...



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