What types of food do Olympians eat?

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It’s now a couple of weeks into semester and you might be running low on energy. With Rio 2016 done, here’s a list of food items inspired by the athletes.

For the elite athletics, food is just more than a form of art, but a source of energy. It boosts performance and maintains an active and focused mindset for days intense training sessions and exhausted games. Thus, a typical Olympian requires more than 3 prominent meals a day with an extra post-workout snack after training.

DWAYNE JOHNSON – THE ROCK is an extreme eater consuming more than 15000 kcals a day for 150 days

HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 22: Actor Dwayne Johnson arrives at the "Faster" Los Angeles Premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on November 22, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD – NOVEMBER 22: Actor Dwayne Johnson arrives at the “Faster” Los Angeles Premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on November 22, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Black beans or any types of beans

Damaris Phillip's Coconut Lime Black Beans for Taco Tuesday as seen on Food Network's Southern At Heart

Damaris Phillip’s Coconut Lime Black Beans for Taco Tuesday as seen on Food Network’s Southern At Heart

Similar to almond, it is the highest nutritionist and vibe for the body, which keeps the athletes feeling fuller for longer.

Almond or peanut butter


According to an American journal of clinical nutrition, almond contains 20% fewer calories than other food but have the same amount of energy and protein as well as micronutrients to meet the requirement. This allows the athletes to avoid losing power or skipping meals and to prevent being dehydrated.



Water is an essential element in the body as 70% of the body is water. Water keeps the body hydrated and flushes any toxins from the inner system.

Green tea

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Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that aids weight loss, a higher metabolic rate for the body and physical performance enhancement. This is done by mobilising fatty acids from fat tissues. The caffeine in tea also increases the concentration of neurotransmitters and other neurons to increase concentration and help memory.



Salmon contains Omega 3s and fatty acids to regulate the heart rhythm. It frees any blockages in arteries, avoiding heart-related diseases as well as obesity.

Greek Yogurt


Delicious Greek yogurt is an ideal post-workout indulgence for the athletes. Yogurt replenishes glycogen stores and provides protein for the small tears incurred in muscles during training sessions. Greek yogurt has high protein and low sugar level which keeps energy levels high during grueling workouts.


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Eating eggs can give an additional benefit in weight management. Egg yolk is a source of vitamins and minerals such as zinc. Without an adequate amount of zinc, it may leave you feeling sluggish, decrease your immune function and delay healing.



Oatmeal brings a spike of energy levels giving the body sufficient and long-term fuel, helping the athlete to maintain peak performance and concentration.

However, Olympic athletes all have their cheat day as any other human.



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5 cheap snacks for a healthy body

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Besides doing cardio exercises for losing belly fat, providing a reasonable amount of food will help your workout become more effectively. Many of us love snacks and fast food, but due to the consultation from multiple sources, the experts suggest the top 5 common food that can become our daily snack which supply energy without causing the excess grease preventive:

1 / Almonds:

Almonds contain protein, fiber, and vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. It also contains magnesium, a mineral that is vital for the production of energy, build and maintain muscle tissue and regulates blood sugar. Always keeping some almonds in bags will highly replenish energy and restrain the hunger.


2 / Bananas:

Bananas contain a high amount in potassium, a substance that helps limit the amount of sodium in our body. Eating a banana every day to reduce swelling and cramps effectively, especially avoid abdominal fat accumulation.


3 / Soybeans:

Soybeans contain enough protein, fibre and antioxidants. The foods containing soybeans easily carried away include tofu (would recommend cooked as soup rather than fried) and milk.


4 / Apples:

A big apple contains fibre and 85% water, to help you quickly feel full. Eating one or two apple to not worry about the junk food cravings.


5/ Dark chocolate 70% (or 80% or 90%):

Dark chocolate which contains more than 70% cocoa containing compounds protect against heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. My favorite brand is Lindt – Dark Chocolate 90%!



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7 Secrets to charge your brain

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Our brain is part of our body as a finely-tuned, hard-working powerhouse. It uses up more energy than any other organ in the body and because of this high energy-demand, the food we consume has a great effect on its function. Here’s a list of things you can munch on to help your brain.

Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)

Brahmi is an important herb used in Indian Medicine as a neurological tonic with many benefits like enhancing memory, significantly improving learning rates and reducing anxiety.

Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica)

Another traditional Indian herb is Gotu Kola, which is just making itself a name for helping with weight loss in the Western World. Historically however it has been used for much more, like helping with mental fatigue and to enhance mental function.

Ashwaghandha (Withania somnifera)

Ashwaghandha, or Indian Ginseng, is one of the most powerful herbs of traditional Indian Medicine, known for its potent protective effects on the nervous system. It helps the whole body to cope better with stress and charges your brain on learning, memory and reaction time.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

Is most often used as a spice in the western world but has a long tradition in Chinese and Indian Medicine. The active ingredient, Curcumin, is very well studied and capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier which allows it to act as powerful neuroprotective agent as well as promoting brain health in general.


Peppermint has a long list of benefits for the human body and just smelling some peppermint essential oil can enhance memory and increase alertness as well as relieve tension and migraine headaches.


You think it’s just a fruit but emerging research suggests that the flavonoids in blueberries may improve memory, learning and general cognitive function, including reasoning skills, decision making, verbal comprehension and numerical ability.

Dark Chocolate

I bet you’ve heard the good news: dark chocolate (not the sugary kind) is actually good for you! It’s one of the best sources of antioxidants, charges the blood flow to your brain and contains stimulants like caffeine and theobromine without keeping you awake all night.

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10 things that happen when you eat only halal food

Written by Editor’s Picks, Health

Halal food is becoming increasingly common in Australia due to multiculturalism. However, it isn’t readily available in every single place you set your eyes on. And when that is the deal, it’s quite challenging for us Muslims in many aspects. So come and look at the world through our eyes as we explain to you 10 things that most likely happen in daily life if you eat only halal food.

A working definition of Halal: Food prepared according to rules prescribed by Muslim Law. Alcohol and pork are forbidden as well.

1)You cant go clubbing. Clubbing means alcohol and alcohol is a no no.


2) You always have to make sure there are vegetarian options when you go outside with friends: sometimes a trip to mcdonalds results in your friends gulping down meat burgers while you have a lil pack of chips.

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3) The halal symbol on restaurant menus is the absolute definition of happiness. Especially when it’s in places you wouldn’t expect.

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4) You cannot have those sophisticated dishes with wine in them. Wine is also a no no.


5) When you go to an event that has free catering  your favorite dishes. But…they aren’t Halal. So while internally crying, you have the vegetable pizza instead of the chicken supreme.


6) Halal convenience foods are fairly uncommon, so you have to make your meat dishes from scratch (fresh from the butcher’s). We also don’t have the luxury of buying 2-dollar-ready-made-chicken-alfredo-pasta-that-only-needs-microwaving from woollies.


7) Halal food can be pretty expensive so really contemplate whether you value protein in your diet or your already thinning wallet. (Always pick protein in your diet)


8) Sometimes going out with friends means you don’t have much choice apart from vegetables, and vegetables aren’t enough for your growing, omnivorous body.

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9) You want dessert, but you have no idea if there’s alcohol in it. And you silently watch and drool over your friends who are enjoying themselves with their yummy, delectable, decadent desserts.


10) When you’re ready to eat your candy and someone hits you with “There’s gelatin in it” and you just

Wit all that being said, here is a list of restaurants around the CBD area where you can enjoy yourself a bit of halal food.

  1. Its Time for Thai
  2. Mamak
  3. PappaRich
  4. Jaipur Sweets
  5. Kungfu Ramen
  6. Ipoh on York
  7. Neptune Palace Restaurant
  8. Malay Village
  9. Malacca Strait


Sure, we not be able to enjoy the restaurants as much as our non Muslim friends friends, but at the end of the day, if the company is good, we enjoy ourselves either-way. And it wouldn’t hurt to stop by a halal food restaurant on the way back either 😉

By Sumaiyah Tasneem and Nurafiqah Yosuf.

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Fancy A Spot of Malaysian Tea?

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The British were once a powerful imperialising nation. They colonized most of Asia, Australia, North America, and some parts of Africa. By colonizing these nations, they brought with them their ideas, culture, and traditions. They left traces of their culture, infusing it with those that they had colonized. Their influences are so large that many former colonies still follow traditional English culture – afternoon tea.

But of course, with a little twist. One of these colonized nations is Malaysia. Malaysia is home to 29.72 million (as of 2013) with 14 states. It doesn’t matter which part of the country you’re from, at around 3-5 PM, you’ll be hankering for something sweet to munch on before dinner.

In this article, you’ll be able to make your own typical Malaysian teatime classics at home! Presenting to you, jemput-jemput pisang and teh tarik, the epitome of classic Malaysian teatime delicacy. It is essentially mashed banana fritters and aerated milk tea, respectively.

Simple and quick to make, these classics are perfect after a long and tiring day. These soft banana fritters melt in your mouth as you wash it down with creamy, frothy tea. Hints of nutty, gritty coconut coupled with the sweetness of the banana just hits the right spot as wafts of milky tea float into your nostrils. The sweetness of the banana compliments the milky and slightly bitter taste of the tea, making it the perfect pair. What are you waiting for? Read on for the recipe!

Jemput-Jemput Pisang (Mashed banana fritters)

You will need:

  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons sugar OR 1 tablespoon of sweet condensed milk
  • 4 – 6 tablespoons of flour
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons of desiccated coconut OR instant oats
  • oil for frying

*This recipe makes roughly 15-25 pieces (depending on how much you spoon into the hot oil)

The end product!


  1. Mash the bananas then combine with sugar/condensed milk. Set aside.
  2. Mix flour and salt together. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet. Make sure the batter is lumpy but not too thick.
  3. Then slowly combine the desiccated coconut/oats into the batter, gently mixing. (The smell of banana and coconut/oats should be water your mouth right about now.)
  4. Heat the oil on medium (enough to deep fry). Take tablespoons of the batter and place them into the hot oil
  5. Place a sheet of tissue paper or paper towel to soak up the excess oil.
  6. Turn the fritters around and remove them from the oil onto the paper towel once they’re golden brown on all sides.

That’s half of the adventure done! Now onto the next:

Teh Tarik (Milk tea)

You will need:

  • 3 – 4 tablespoons loose leaf tea PR 3 tea bags (black tea preferably)
  • sugar
  • evaporated milk/sweet condensed milk

*This recipe makes 1 mug


  1. Boil 500 mL of water
  2. Add the loose leaf tea
  3. Let it come to a boil. Reduce the heat and let the mixture continue to boil for about 10 – 12 minutes until the colour turns very dark
  4. Take it off the heat.
    1. If using loose tea, put it through the strainer
    2. If using tea bags, let them sit for a few seconds before removing
  5. To sweeten:
    1. Combine 2 – 3 teaspoons of evaporated milk and 1 teaspoon of sugar (add more sugar to taste)
    2. Put in a teaspoon of sweet condensed milk into the tea, mix then taste. It is recommended to taste the tea each time a teaspoon of condensed milk is used as it is extremely sweet. Too much condensed milk and the tea will lose its flavour, too little and the tea will be too bitter.
  6. The colour of the tea should resemble golden mocha once it is mixed properly with a good amount of milk and/or sugar.


  • Traditionally, the teh tarik is “pulled” to produce amazing froth

    If you would like to get the authentic Malaysian taste of teh tarik, try “pulling” it by pouring the tea back and forth repeatedly between two mugs. This cools it and thoroughly mixes the tea with the milk. It also produces amazing bubbly froth 😉

  • You could also add spices like ginger and cardamom into the drink to give it an extra kick.
    • Slightly crack 1 – 2 cardamom pods and drop them into the tea pot after it slowly starts boiling with the tea leaves or tea bags. Cardamom can be quite overpowering so it really depends on your liking.

      Cardamom has anti-carcinogenic properties, good for cardiovascular health, helps control cholesterol, possesses anti-depressant properties, and can help control gastrointestinal disorders, such as acidity, flatulence, and stomach cramps.

    • You can grate half an inch of ginger into the boiling tea or you could cut thin slices. You could always add extra if you’re one for spices and heat! Ginger has a long been used to relieve digestive problems like nausea, muscle pain and soreness, and also chronic indigestion.

The dusky scent of afternoon tea wafts into your nostrils. Bite into a delicately crunchy fritter and let the sweetness of the banana along with the gritty texture of coconut flood your mouth. Wash it all down with the warm tea, feeling it loosen your tense body after an exhausting day. Enjoy these classics while chilling in front of the TV watching your favourite shows or journaling on the patio. Or just in silence because the food speaks for itself.

Leave a comment and tell us how your Malaysian teatime experience went!

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Vegetarian Recipe: Shahi Paneer recipe

Written by Health, Student Life

Being vegetarian, I am often asked weird questions like “What do you eat if you don’t eat meat?”, “Where do you get your protein and nutrition from?” “It must be hard for you to survive here?” and another favorite: “Do you eat only grass?”

But, when you know cooking and are familiar with spices and condiments, you don’t have to worry much. Healthy and tasty vegetarian dishes are your answers. Paneer is an Indian cottage cheese which is quite a good substitute for non-vegetarian dishes as my grandma told me. So, activate your taste buds with this spicy and creamy dish.



  • Ginger: A slice or two
  • Garlic: A slice or two
  • Onion: 2 -3 for thicker gravy
  • Tomato: 2-3 chopped
  • Turmeric: 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Red Chilli powder : 1 tbsp
  • Garam Masala: 1 tbsp
  • Coriander Powder : 1 tbsp
  • Cream: 2-3 tbsp
  • Milk: ½ cup
  • Oil : 1-2 tbsp
  • and not to forget Paneer!!!! (250 gm)

All these ingredients are easily available at a supermarket near you. You can search for Lemnos Paneer in the cheese section of the supermarket. It is in similar packing to feta cheese. You can also use ginger-garlic paste (1 tbsp) in place of fresh ginger and garlic.

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  1. Chop ginger, garlic, onion and tomato into small pieces.
  2. Heat oil as required in a pan
  3. Add chopped vegetables in step 1 to pan in step 2
  4. Add turmeric, salt, red chilli powder, Coriander powder and garam Masala.
  5. Stir until mixture turns reddish brown.
  6. Pour half cup milk into mixture and stir for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Cut Paneer into small cubes and add to mixture.
  8. Stir again for 3-4 minutes.

Shahi Paneer is ready to eat. Top-it off with cream and coriander leaves. Eat it with Indian bread (Naan or roti)


  • Paneer can also be roasted or fried a little by spraying some olive oil (in a separate pan) before adding to the mixture
  • The greater the number of onions, the thicker the gravy will bepaneer fried

 A piece of advice:  Not suitable for lactose intolerant as contains heavy dairy products.

Please feel free to leave your comments; I am waiting to hear how you made your Shahi Paneer.

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Food for Thought: A Simple Butter Chicken

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Assorted powder spices in wooden spoons on wood.

Assorted powder spices in wooden spoons on wood.

This summer vacation when I went back to my home country, India, a great friend of mine asked me to bring a full-on Punjabi Butter Chicken Recipe. I was quite amazed at the fact that all he wanted is this recipe. So, I went to an aunt of mine to get the best recipe. Thanks to him and my aunt, I am sharing this recipe with all of you.


  • Gingerginger-garlic
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Dried fenugreek leaves (or kasoori methi)
  • Salt to taste
  • Red Chilli powder
  • Butter Chicken Masala (Available at Indian Grocery store)
  • Cream
  • Oil
  • Coriander leaves
  • and, of course, Chicken!!!!

All the ingredients are to be added as per taste and quantity of chicken to be cooked. If you can’t eat very spicy foods then a pinch or two is enough of red chilli powder as there will be additional spices such as the butter chicken masala. In my entire life I have never used a kitchen scale or measure to determine the quantity required.


We require a pan, a ladle, few bowls, knife, chopping board and spoons for cooking.

  1. Chop ginger, garlic and onion into small pieces
  2. Heat oil in the pan
  3. Add chopped vegetables from step 1 to the heated pan
  4. Add dried fenugreek leaves, salt, red pepper and butter chicken Masala.
  5. Stir until mixture turns reddish brown
  6. Now wash and add the chicken. Roast until golden
  7. Before eating, pour cream over chicken and heat it again

Your butter chicken is ready to eat. Top-it off with coriander leaves.

Special Ingredient: Love. Always remember to cook with the heart to get an amazing dish. In the words of Dylan Jones “Recipes don’t work unless you use your heart!”

 Please feel free to leave your comments or if you think I missed something I will be more than happy to hear your views and advice.

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Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak at Town Hall

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An outbreak of the bacterial Legionnaires’ Disease has recently been detected at Town Hall. There have been four identified cases in the past two days, and all are currently receiving hospital treatment.

The number of cases is considered to be unusually high. Only one case a week or even per month is usually seen. The clusters indicate that the source must be in the main area. All four men had been working in the CBD when they had been exposed.

At present, cooling towers, air-conditioning units and water fountains are being checked for the bacterium Legionella.

The infection zone has been identified as Clarence, Pitt, Park and King Streets. However, individuals should remain wary of Market, Sussex, George and Druitt St as well.


What is it:

Legionnaires’ disease is a bacterial disease from the common bacteria Legionella. It is a common bacteria and is usually found in the environment.It infects the lung and has a 10% fatality rate. Infection is prevented by regular maintenance as air conditioning units, particularly in large buildings, are particularly liable to contamination as the bacteria multiply in water.

Symptoms include:

  • fevers
  • chills
  • coughing
  • short breath
  • upset stomach
  • diarrhoea
  • muscle aches or a headache
  • a loss of appetite

The symptoms take 2 – 7 days to be apparent. If anyone has visited the Town Hall area and is experiencing any of the above symptoms, please visit your local GP to be tested.

Transmissible by: 

The bacterium can be inhaled from contaminated water vapor or dust.


A7E127 Scanning electron micrograph of Legionella pneumophila bacteria which causes Legionnaire s disease rod bacteria

A7E127 Scanning electron micrograph of Legionella pneumonia bacteria which causes Legionnaire s disease rod bacteria


There have been no new cases of Legionnaires’ Disease at the moment. Samples have also been taken from suspected air conditioning cooling towers near the infection zone. The laboratory testings will be available in the next four days.


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6 Best Tips to Travel without Jet Lag

Written by Editor’s Picks, Entertainment, Health, Tips & Tricks

In a previous article, we explained what Jet Lag was. Many students are travelling overseas, maybe to visit family or to relax after exams.


Here are some expert tricks to mitigate those effects.

For brief trips, you can try the following simple but effective tips taken from a Sascha Segan, author of Fly Safe, Fly Smart for your flight:

  • 12063422_902079886545711_8657737619362390228_nReset your body clock before flying. Change your sleep time by one or two hours in the new time zone944372_600352806642363_615098801_nProvide as much water as you can for your body before, during and after your flight even if you don’t feel thirsty. Recommended by experts, you should drink at least two 8-ounce of water before the flight and 1 litre for every hour you are on the plane including the beverages you drink with meals.12066022_1211666275516013_1593355121750307359_nReset your watch to the time zone you are travelling to and start thinking about adopting that time zone11407281_10153448277731522_189516390933019296_nSay ‘no’ to alcohol or depressants such as Dramamine or other motion-sickness drugs, before and during your flight11295631_10153448277906522_4689349483245874295_nEat more lightly than usual, before and while you are on the plane148602_795148303834481_726577069_nDaytime naps of 30 minutes or less are OK to take after you arrive so that they do not affect your nighttime sleep

Additionally, sleep specialists have two main methods for accelerating the adjustment to jet lag and reducing its effects – drugs and light therapy. Light therapy is “timing exposure to daylight”. It is declared “the best way to resynchronize our body clocks” by Dr. Sack of Oregon’s Health and Science University.

“Do not sit down on the hotel bed; once your behind touches the hotel bed, it’s over.  Get out of the room.  Go for a walk. Get in the sunlight.” –  flight attendant Heather Poole, author of Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet in a Yahoo Travel’s article

Interestingly, travelling west is easier on the body than travelling east. In this case, Robert Rosenberg’s suggestions are: three nights before travelling west, go to sleep and wake up an hour later than usual; likewise, when travelling east, sleep and rise an hour earlier.


In today’s technological age, we have apps that seek to solve all problems in our lives. Jet lag is no exception. Smartphone developers have created some apps to help travelers avoid jet lag such as Jetlag Genie or Jetlag App. All you have to do is simply enter your flight details and the app will design a suggestive timetable of when to sleep or eat to prepare for the time zone changes.

Recently, on 10th March 2014, researchers at the University of Michigan released a free app on smartphones named Entrain that helps to mathematically reschedule our body to adapt to new external environment.

“This is almost like a body hack, to get yourself entrained faster.” – Olivia Walch, a U-M graduate student who worked on the project.


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5 Secret Tea Types to Lose Belly Fat

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More and more people are drinking black tea today. Black tea is processed through several different stages involving being heated, rolled and fermented.

More and more people are drinking black tea today. Black tea is processed through several different stages involving being heated, rolled and fermented.

 Green tea is healthier than black tea due to its processing. Green tea’s processing avoids the fermentation process to retain a higher amount of antioxidants.

Green tea is healthier than black tea due to its processing. Green tea’s processing avoids the fermentation process to retain a higher amount of antioxidants.

 Oolong Tea means black dragon, Chinese-style-tea, which is semi-fermented in the process to retain the leaves color.

Oolong Tea means black dragon, Chinese-style-tea, which is semi-fermented in the process to retain the leaves’ colour.

Flavour tea is an infusion of leaves, seeds or roots extracted in hot water. There are various herbal teas to choose from such as peppermint tea, ginger tea, chamomile tea or rooibos tea

Flavour tea is an infusion of leaves, seeds or roots extracted in hot water. There are various herbal teas to choose from such as peppermint tea, ginger tea, chamomile tea or rooibos tea.

Coffee leaf tea is the hottest new beverage these days. It contains low caffeine but rich antioxidants and polyphenols – higher than green tea and oolong tea

Coffee leaf tea is the hottest new beverage these days. It contains low caffeine but rich antioxidants and polyphenols – higher than green tea and oolong tea.

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