THE TEA MYSTERY EXPLAINED

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How tea may have made the industrial revolution possible

As populations grow denser and cities expand a number of diseases usually become more widespread. In particular water-borne diseases such as dysentery, typhoid and cholera kill large numbers. The drinking of tea in eighteenth century Britain and from the fourteenth century in Japan may have decreased the incidence of water-borne disease, both through boiling the water and because of anti-bacterial substances in the tea.

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