Unseen Passage: Tea

Reading Comprehension

Next to water, tea is the most commonly consumed beverage in the world. This is a good news because tea offers important health benefits. Its benefits were first discovered by the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung who declared that it gave one vigour of body, contentment of mind and determination of purpose. Today there is ample proof that tea in its many forms possesses a number of health benefits from supporting the immune system to reducing the risk of cancer, to helping prevent tooth decay.

What makes tea such a healthy drink? The star compounds are called catechins. Those are antioxidants that help prevent cell damage by harmful molecules called free radicals.

Tea can be black, green and red and is derived from a warm-weather evergreen tree known as Camelia Sinensis. The more processing tea leaves undergo, the darker they become. Green tea is the least processed tea. It is simply steamed quickly and offers the maximum healing powers because it isn’t fermented. It also helps prevent tooth decay and aids weight loss.

Q. Complete the following statements:

  1. The most commonly consumed beverage in the world is ……………….
  2. Benefits of tea were first discovered by ………………………………………
  3. Tea turns out to be a healthy drink due to the presence of ……………………
  4. Green tea leaves offer maximum healing powers because it is ………………..
  5. The word in the last para which means the same as ‘helps’ is …………………….

Answer

  1. tea
  2. the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung
  3. catechins
  4. not fermented

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