Evil Tea

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I had read of how people like the Wesleys condemned tea drinking and I thought it was to do with it being imported, or maybe the high cost for the poor, but John Wesley actually claimed it was more dangerous than heroin, which is quite an extraordinary claim, but there were sound reasons for this.

Agricultural workers were traditionally paid in part in food produced on the farm, which included plentiful supplies of cider in the south, which Cecil Torr who I have often quoted,claimed was full of natural goodness, safe as they knew how to make it, and full of calories. Whereas tea had no calories, but prevented people from absorbing food. Part of this is the tannin – used to tan leather – it does the same to your insides, denaturing the proteins and preventing the action of digestive enzymes, fine if you’re battling food poisoning or trying…

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