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Second only to water, Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. It is thought to be cultivated in India and China and is widely popular because of it’s numerous health benefits. The advantages of drinking green tea every day are endless, all of which are good for you.
Types of Green Tea
There are three main types of green tea; green, black and oolong, with the main difference being their processing. All green tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant, before the fermentation, or oxidation, process.
Black tea is known to be the most widely popular, thus consumed the most in the world, but it is Green tea that has the most health benefits. Because green teas are not fermented, the helpful chemicals and nutrients remain in the tea, and are passed on to you when you drink a cup.
Green tea has a lighter flavor than Black tea, which can be too strong for some people, but it is also slightly bitter or grassy. Whatever type you prefer, you can also find them in dozens of flavors.
The health benefits of green tea seem never-ending, but here are the most important and well known:
Cancers of the breast, lung, live, pancreas, esophagus and skin occur less often for people who drink green tea regularly. In fact Japanese women, who consume green tea almost exclusively, have 50% of the breast cancer rate than American women.
Components of green tea reduce high blood pressure and blood clots that accumulate as plaque on artery walls and block the flow of blood through arteries, causing heart disease.
Green tea has been used traditionally to control blood sugar in the body, thus decreasing the chances of getting Diabetes and helping control it if you have it.
Studies show that men who drink more than 10 cups of green tea per day are less likely to develop disorders of the liver, bringing the rate of liver disease among green tea drinkers down significantly.
Green tea is also used regularly among those trying to lose weight as it is thought to boost metabolism, curve cravings and provide energy.
How much Green Tea should you drink?
It is recommended that adults drink 2-3 cups of green tea a day, preferably the caffeine-free variety. Green tea is not recommended for children as there have not been sufficient studies of the safety for children.
How to Prepare Green Tea
It is important not to overbrew, as that can turn the flavor bitter and gassy.
- Use one tea bag, or 2 – 4 grams of tea, or 1-2 tsp. per cup.
- Fill a kettle with cold water and bring to a boil.
- After unplugging the kettle, allow it to stand for up to 3 minutes.
- Pour the heated water over the tea bag or tea, and allow it to steep for up to 3 minutes. If using a tea bag, remove the bag.
- Allow the tea to cool for up to three minutes.
With its inviting flavor and health benefits, it’s easy to recognize why green tea is consumed so entirely by people all over the world.