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In response to the content of tea/detox postings, - since when has it been
a bad thing to drink tea? Yes, it contains Tannin and Caffeine but thats
why we drink it. You can't beat a bit of good honest addiction. I, and most
of my family are distinctly fractious in the mornings until we have had our
'fix'. It hasn't done the Chinese any harm. They drink bucket loads and
seem to live for yonks. Or is that Ginseng?
|Nicey replies: Yes my Mum's Sunday Mirror had a dubious article about a woman who was detoxing by giving up specifically tea and biscuits and doing all sorts of unpleasant non-sense. She wound up with an un-natural craving for Vodka, so again that hardly seems healthy.|
Regarding your correspondent Paul Mosley ("New Year = New Me"), who has quit tea due to caffeine, could I alert him to the presence of Tannin in the humble cuppa. Tannin has the unpleasant side effect of binding up and chelating all minerals including magnesium, and tea drinking is the
commonest cause of iron deficiency anaemia in UK for this very reason. Tannin also makes your hair fall out, your skin greasy and contains anti-pheromones that make you undesirable to the opposite sex*.
* well, I assume it's the tannin doing this.
|Nicey replies: Well luckily the Wife and I are immune to the anti-pheromone thing, it must be like if you both eat garlic.|
||I agree with whoever it was, possibly Oliver Snell, who mentioned the problems of defining chocolate bars and chocolate covered biscuits. I, too, treat such things as Kit Kats, Clubs, Breakaways, etc etc, as chocolate bars, not biscuits, as I have been brought up to see them in such a light after a similar experience of having one in my lunch box everyday at school. In fact I do recall being rather distressed one day, aged around 12, when one of my friends referred to my chocolate bar (I forget of which type) as a 'biscuit' and i insisted that it was a bar, upon which she told me that as it contained biscuit it must be a biscuit. But I ask you to question: is a wafer consisted a biscuit? For as Mr Snell correctly identified, a Twix contains a hard base made out of some form of baked biscuit, and yet is a chocolate bar, meanwhile a Kit Kat contains only wafer, and yet is considered by some to be a biscuit. I found your Venn diagr! am of biscuits useful, but still I feel it hasn't covered all areas, for example what about those pink wafer things? They surely aren't biscuits, and yet come in boxes of biscuits.....it all serves to make my little head spin. At this point we come to the conspiracy theory of biscuit manufacturers setting out to confuse us all, but that is another discussion entirely.|
As part of a now popular January "New Year = New Me" Detox, I have packed in drinking tea (& other caffiene based beverages).
Imagine my suprise & delight when i discovered that decaff tea is actually dead nice and doesn't taste that much different than most brands do from each other anyway. Tetleys is particularly good.
I feel i should share this information with any other hardened tea drinkers
currently thinking they cannot face a January cleansing..It can be done! There is a way for us.
Obvioulsy I shall continue to eat biscuits as and when nobody is looking.
|Nicey replies: Hmmm, given the mad solvents they use to get the caffeine out of tea I would have thought you would be better sticking to the hard stuff, in moderation probably.|
I'm in trouble, real trouble! I have always had intolerances to lots of things, but lately they have become a problem and I have had to give up....refined sugar, flour and dairy products! It's horrible. The choice was bad allergic reactions or biccies. I've been hiding from NCOTAASD because it seemed so unfair. It turns out that this could be permanent and I might never get another biccie. I'm taking it one day at a time at the moment, but I don't know how long I can cope without a spongy cookie type or a crunchy biscuit with a serious chocolate coating. It is especially hard with all the lovely Christmas boxes out right now. Please help. I need something nice to go with my "fruit tea" (twigs in hot water if you taste it). Any ideas?
Despondent of Didcot
|Nicey replies: Sorry,
We are stumped, have you tried Crabsticks? Mind you we have some particularly nasty Spanish biscuits at the moment and I can't believe that they contain sugar,flour or dairy products as they taste like dry walling.