There are probably still people who don’t know exactly what green tea is. So here is the explanation. It comes from the same plant as black tea. The difference is that the green tea leaves have not wilted or oxidised. It originated in China, but today it is consumed throughout Asia, and even in the rest of the world.
It owes its name to the fact that, when brewed, this tea produces a green drink. You can drink it hot or cold, depending on the weather. In winter, there’s nothing like a cup or mug of this hot lemon-flavoured tea (or at least a slice of lemon). You can add sugar, but honey is a much better and healthier sweetener.
This type of tea would be the healthiest drink on earth. It is packed with antioxidants that can fight cancer-causing free radicals in our bodies. Antioxidants help keep our skin looking young and keeping its elasticity. They help prevent wrinkles and crow’s feet around the eyes.
A study published in 2013 showed that this type of tea improves blood circulation and reduces cholesterol levels. It can also help prevent a number of health problems, including high blood pressure and heart problems.
This almost miraculous drink can also prevent Alzheimer’s disease. It also helps to stabilise blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
There is not just one variety of green tea, but many. It is grown at high altitudes in the mountainous regions of East Asia, and these are higher than those where black tea grows.
Sencha tea from Japan is highly prized and can certainly be of superior quality. However, there are different qualities of this tea and these are reflected in its price.
You can buy the tea in leaf form as well as in bags. For a fresher green tea, choose whole loose leaves. They can be stored in an airtight container to preserve their freshness.
Tannin is also present in green tea, so if it disturbs your digestive system, avoid it. Tannin can have a negative effect on iron levels in the body. Do not drink green tea immediately after consuming iron-rich foods such as liver or broccoli.
You may think that green tea is caffeine-free, but this is not the case. If you have caffeine problems, do not drink.
Unlike black tea, you should not pour boiling water over green tea leaves. Let the water cool down a little before you make your brew.
You should really try this drink, and when you sweeten it with honey, your body will react positively.