Thursday, March 10, 2011

Green Tea

Nowadays, everyone is talking about the health benefits of green tea. What is green tea, anyway? Green tea comes from the same tea plant as black tea, but it is processed differently.  Normal black tea comes from fermented tea leaves. The fermentation changes its color and flavor and increases levels of caffeine and tannins, whereas green tea is unfermented, slightly steamed, dried tea leaves.

Green tea contains chemicals called favonoids, which are very powerful antioxidants. But remember, green tea is not caffeine free.  Green tea’s anti-oxidizing properties come from the presence of its caffeine. The health benefits of green tea include anti-aging, immune boosting, anti-carcinogenic, cholesterol reducing, and the fact that it is anti-diabetic. It is also good for weight loss.
Did you know that green tea is best for getting rid of hangovers caused by over consumption of alcohol?

How to brew green tea
 When you are brewing the green tea or any tea, remember what the Chinese say: “Water is the mother of the tea”. Boil the water to 180˚ F. Swirl the teapot with hot water and add 1 teaspoon of tea leaves for one cup of tea. Add hot water and let it brew for 3 minutes and enjoy. Green tea is usually not served with either milk nor with sugar.

Next time you are craving hot tea, how about reaching for some wholesome green tea?

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  1. Thanks for the information on green tea. Have a Happy Pink Saturday.

  2. May I have a tea cookie with mine? Chuckle. Love tea, love your beautiful share.

    Happy St. Patrick's Day ~
    Have a beautiful weekend ~
    TTFN ~


  3. Happy Pink Saturday Komali Sweetie...
    What a beautiful share today. Thank you so much for sharing the green tea information. I love learning new things each and every day of our lives. Each one is a gift. Thank you.

    I would so love to sit and have tea with you. We could talk for hours. You are SO interesting and full of SO much knowledge sweet friend.

    Have a beautiful Pink Saturday and a Magical St. Patty's Day. Country hugs and much love, Sherry

  4. I like green tea. I pray for the people in Japan Have a safe and fun day Laura

  5. Good report on Green Tea. I love tea, but never tried the green.

  6. I love green tea but I've never had it hot. I'll have to try it that way.

    Happy Pink Saturday
    Deanna :D