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What You Didn't Know About Green Tea

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It's so cold outside, and the stuff coming out of the sky is what we've come to call a 'wintery-mix.' Sadly not enough for a snow day, but enough that my steaming cup of green tea is just exactly what I need at this moment. Finally a 'guilty' pleasure that's nothing to feel guilty about.

Most people know that green tea is packed with antioxidants, and is generally a good beverage of choice, but there's a whole lot more to the goodness of the green than that. It speeds metabolism, cleans your teeth, works as an anti-depressant, and can help prevent some forms of cancer, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's disease. Get the most out of your cup by following these tips:

  1. Don't make your tea with water that is too hot, it kills some of the antioxidants, and will make the tea taste bitter. Keep the water it between 160-160 degrees.

  2. Do not pair your steamy bev with dairy. I know some of you like a dab of milk or cream in your tea, but dairy makes it harder to absorb the antioxidants from the tea.

  3. Drink caffeinated. That's right, small doses of caffeine actually have many health benefits, and decaffeinated tea often looses some of the nutritional value of the tea leaves.

  4. Quality matters. Wonder why green tea can range in price so much? Lower grade leaves are often broken pieces. Which results in a less-sweet taste, less freshness,  and lower saturation of the benefits in the leaves.

1 comment

  • sliva: June 20, 2016

    whoa, thank you very much for posting this! It is going to be so helpful when I order green tea at the store! Very Extraordinary!

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