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Healthy Organic Green Tea

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Green tea has been used by the Chinese since ancient times due to the beneficiary effects it has on health, and there have been several clinical studies undertaken which have actually proven this fact to be true. Green tea basically consists of various kinds of beneficial chemicals which includes powerful anti oxidants. All you have to do to experience the benefits of green tea is to drink at least two to three cups of green tea everyday so as to feel the impact it has on your lifestyle. Green tea contains anti oxidants which help your body fight free radicals produced during the production of cells in your body, and these free radicals have the role of intoxicating your body. The presence of free radicals in your body results in a variety of ailments and diseases which includes diseases related to the heart and also cancer. Amongst the various kinds of tea that are available, green tea is supposed to be the most beneficial for human health which has health invigorating properties. The reason is that this tea goes through the least amount of processing amongst all varieties of teas available in the market.

In order to apply the full benefits of anti oxidants which are beneficial to your body, it is recommended that you drink organic teas such as green tea. The reason being is that other tea varieties are produced using fertilizers and various other chemicals to make the plants (on which the tea leaves grow) to grow faster and more rapidly, and this helps to lower costs for producers and manufacturers, but at the same time, reduce its benefits and the use of chemicals during the growth process makes such teas an unhealthy option. Plants which are grown through natural techniques and organically have lower chances of suffering from various insect and pest attacks and also from various diseases that infect plants that are grown using artificial fertilizers and chemicals. The rapid growth such plants go through makes their immunity system weak, and the usage of artificial techniques can only be considered as an interference in the affairs of nature itself. While organically grown tea plants also suffer from diseases and insect attacks, but they will be in a better position to recover faster and in a smoother manner. Apart from this, the leaves of the plants which are used to make tea are picked from the plants in an irregular and unseasonal pattern, which actually ends up disturbing the natural rhythm of the plants that has a detrimental impact on the health of the plants themselves. Organic green tea is therefore a much healthier and smarter option for all those individuals who are seeking to lead a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Organic Green Tea is always a preferred option considering the health benefits associated with the tea itself. Not only it is grown in a healthy environment, but the fact that it is grown in its natural way ensures that whenever you sip a cup of organic tea, you will not be exposing yourself to the harmful side effects that are associated with mass produced tea.

The Green Tea Diet

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

You would have come across various kinds of diet plans that revolves around the use of a certain kind of green tea product. Most of these green tea diet plans seem quite sensible and practical option for most individuals, while the benefits of other diet plans are greatly exaggerated. Here are a few points that will help you understand a reliable green tea diet plan together with the some hints which will help you reach the right decision.

First of all, please understand that a real diet plan involving a green tea product does not produce results over night. However, green tea does help to catalyse the entire process for which green tea is being utilized for, but at the same time, it does not act in the manner of a vacuum. When opting for a green tea diet plan, please carefully check whether the plan does revolve around a green tea product, and it requires you to consume green tea together with a diet which is rich in various essential nutrients and vitamins and also recommends you to exercise on a regular basis. Green tea helps to invigorate the effects of the diet you are consuming as part of your plan and that the nutrients do behave in the manner they are expected to as part of the diet regimen, and it is necessary to undertake physical activity to further enhance the effects. Always search for diet plans that include green tea compounds which have been scientifically proven to help you lose a significant amount of weight within the shortest possible period, and the effects are optimized when you undertake the diet together with substantial physical activity. However, please be careful about how much weight you are willing to lose, since it is not recommended if you start losing more then a few pounds every week. Initially, most of us start losing water weight at the start of any kind of diet plan, but at the same time, a reliable diet plan is one which would help you change your lifestyle to a much more healthier one which would include a nutritious and healthy diet together with regular physical workout. Obviously, please do not expect the diet plan to start producing results over night, since falling for this fact would be a big mistake. These diet plans have gradual effects, therefore, if there is any product that offers overnight results and instant effects, then please do not fall for them, since there is no product manufactured so far which can actually be so successful.

A diet plan which uses Green Tea products as a major component of the diet regimen will allow you to lose weight in a healthier manner, while you undertake much needed healthier changes in your lifestyle and include a more healthier diet together with physical activity, while continue using green tea. Moreover, more and more physicians are now recommending the use of green tea to control one’s weight, and have realized the role of green tea as a safe option. Therefore, if you want to lose weight and become healthier, contact a healthcare professional as soon as possible, and enquire about diet plans which include the usage of green tea as a primary component.

How to Make Green Tea

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Green tea and related products have actually swept the entire world and have turned into a popular global phenomenon. You would come across a variety of green tea products whenever you go into the market, from green ice tea, green tea cheesecake to green tea based diet plans. The health benefits of green tea on your diet are quite obvious on your health once you start consuming it on a punctual basis. However, green tea is more popularly consumed in the bottled versions, which can be quite expensive, and you will also be contributing to plastic based bottles which can lead to environmental degradation. Moreover, bottled green tea also contains a lot more sugar as compared to the green tea that you would brew at home on your own. There are so many varieties of green tea available in the market, so choose one which saves you the most money and at the same provides the most benefits to your health. By brewing green tea at your own home, you save a lot of money and this is also better for you, since you will be in control of how much sugar you would add to the tea, and you can always optimize the taste of your tea by adding a spoon of honey or lemon juice to add flavor.

Green Tea
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You can drink green tea either hot or chilled. There are a number of ways through which you can make green tea for yourself. In most cases, you need to add approximately one teaspoon of green tea for each cup you make. However, the amount of tea leaves you use to make green tea for yourself depends on your tastes and you can always add a little less or a little more to your cup. It would not be difficult for you to decide about the amount of tea leaves that you would want to add into your cup if have already gained experience with brewing tea. The duration of brewing the tea and the temperature at which you brew varies from one type of tea to the other. The hottest temperatures of the water required for brewing tea ranges between 180°F to 190°F and you would need to steep the tea between 2 to 3 minutes which is the longest duration required for brewing tea. The coolest brewing temperature on the other hand ranges between 140°F to 150°F and the shortest duration is approximately 30 seconds. Low quality green tea require more time for steeping and require more heat for brewing, while high quality green teas can be steeped in much lower temperatures and for lesser durations. If you steep green tea for a much longer time, then the taste of your tea would become bitter. The high quality option of green tea require to be steeped between 2 to 3 times to get the best tastes.

It is recommended that you use fresh and filtered water for the purpose of brewing tea, which does not contain many minerals in order to get the best tastes for your green tea. With experience, you will be able to develop better skills at brewing tea that best suits your needs.

What is Green Tea Latte

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

For most of us, starting our morning without a cup of coffee or tea seems next to impossible. Some other people prefer other variants such as cappuccino and latte, which are equally quite popular. Latte is basically an Italy based beverage and is also referred to as cafe latte and is quite popular in a number of countries worldwide. The original latte is made using milk and coffee, and is available both hot and cold for consumption. In order to add more flavor to the drink, a few other ingredients are also added. Green Tea latte has also become a popular option for many individuals these days and can be consumed at any time of the day, and has no side effects. Green Tea latte helps you relax together with being quite beneficial for your health and for your body. It has been proved through research that green tea has a number of health benefits and helps to cleanse your body of toxins and stimulate your metabolic system due its antioxidant properties. It has been widely used in Asia since ancient times, and is now being used as a primary ingredient in various food products including cookies, puddings, cakes, smoothies and now gaining popularity in making lattes. There are various green tea latte recipes available, and you can always add more flavor to your cup of tea by adding the juice of your favourite fruit or honey as you like. Here is a great green tea latte recipe which you will really enjoy drinking.

Green Tea Latte
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For ingredients, you need four cups of cold water, 2 tea bags of Chai, 3 tea bags of green tea, 1 cup of chilled milk and four tablespoons of either honey or brown sugar. To make the green tea latte, you will need to boil the water first and then add both the tea bags of green tea and Chai. Let it seep for the next three to five minutes and after that remove the bags and throw them away. Then pour milk into a blender and blend it till it become frothy. After this, pour the boiling tea into each cup and mix 1 tablespoon of either honey or brown sugar. After you have mixed, add the frothy milk. To make your green tea latte look more delectable, you can sprinkle green tea powder or cinnamon powder on the surface.

In order to ensure that the green tea you have brewed does not lose its health benefits and at the same time retain its flavor, it is recommended that you use one tea bag for every cup of water that you boil to make the tea. Always use cold and filtered water to make tea, and boil it gradually. The moment your water starts boiling, remove the pan you are boiling it from the source of heat and leave for the next few minutes. After this, put the tea bag for the next 3 minutes so that it seeps adequately. This is a great way to retain the flavor of your green tea and at the same time ensuring that it remains beneficial for your health.

Green Tea with Ginseng

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Green Tea is considered to be amongst the most complex herbs which is manufactured in the medicine producing industry. Green tea is used widely in various health products these days and is also consumed as an excellent source of antioxidants and in weight loss programs. You can purchase a variety of green tea products from most health shops where it is available in the bottled version as well as tea leaves that can be easily brewed at home, together with in the form of tablets. All these versions definitely will help you lose weight. Green tea is quite beneficial for human health, and helps to stimulate your metabolic system, which in turn catalyses the fat burning process in your body. Green tea also helps to slow down the ageing process in your body since it helps in the regeneration of new cells and kills free radicals that are generally harmful to your body. When you start losing weight, more fats get burned in your body which are converted into energy, and you are able to lead a much healthier life as compared to the past. While the consumption of green tea can have several positive effects on your body, but if you continue leading an unhealthy life, then you will be killing all chances of green tea turning beneficial for you altogether. This is why it is recommended that you undertake a healthy diet and indulge in physical activity when consuming green tea to optimize its effects on your health and body.

Green Tea with Ginseng
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You can consume green tea at any time of the day and in the form of a beverage, and if you want to take the most advantage of its effects, then it is recommended that you consume it right before you go to sleep at night. While the entire idea of drinking tea at night before you sleep might sound kind of weird, and it might scare you since it might cause bowls and certain strange effects on your stomach in the initial phase of consumption, but at the same time, this feeling would only occur during the first few days only. You will start experiencing the health benefits of green tea soon after, and your body’s metabolic rate would be enhanced and you will burning much more calories than ever before. Moreover, your body will be cleansing more toxins, so you will be feeling much healthier and fresher whenever you wake up in the morning. Ginseng root extracts have been mixed with green tea since ancient times in China and Tibet, and the combination of both herbs has been proven to have been very effective. Ginseng as a herb has been used for thousands of years and contains several vitamins and minerals which helps to enhance the detoxification process in your body.

Therefore consuming both Ginseng and Green Tea together can have a powerful effect on the health of your body, since both herbs will enhance the detoxification process in your body and help to further stimulate your metabolic system. Moreover, both ingredients have no harmful side effects, so you can consume them without any worry.

Green Tea During Pregnancy?

Monday, October 17th, 2011

There has been a lot of debate regarding whether it is safe for pregnant women to consume green tea altogether, and most people usually have the belief that if a pregnant woman drinks green tea anytime during the period, the process of production of folates inside her body would be interrupted. Therefore, if a woman who drinks green tea during her pregnancy in higher amounts, her body will lack the ability to absorb and utilize the folates that she consumes as part of her diet. However, this fact is completely untrue, and studies and clinical researches have proven otherwise.

The researches conducted produced results in favour of green tea, and that it does not pose any harm to a woman if she drinks it during pregnancy, if it is consumed in a limited quantity. The reason it should be consumed in a limited quantity is that it would be easy for your body to digest the tea if it is taken in the prescribed quantity. The only major risk that green tea might pose during pregnancy is that it does contain a certain amount of caffeine in it, and this is why doctors advise pregnant women to limit their consumption of green tea during the entire period. However, doctors never recommend to limit or completely stop the intake of green tea during the period since it does no harm of any kind.

Morning Green Tea

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It is always recommended that during the pregnancy phase, a woman should do everything to take care of her diet, not only for the health of the baby but also for her own well being. Caffeine does have certain side effects, and this is why it is recommended that you limit your consumption of products containing caffeine and that includes green tea.

As a first step, you should contact your gynaecologist at the first opportunity since he will be in a better position to give the best advise to you. Moreover, ask him whether you would need any supplements to maintain your health during pregnancy. Furthermore, ask him whether you would need to impose certain restrictions or limitations on your diet while you take the medications and supplements that he has prescribed. Also, ask him if it would be okay for you to consume food kinds which are composed of herbal ingredients, and to what limit are you allowed to consume such a product.

Food types which are composed of herbal ingredients also include green tea. Green tea would always turn out as the idea solution and is a great alternative to coffee and tea during pregnancy. Green tea contains minimal caffeine, so it is a much healthier option especially for pregnant women. It is a great source of antioxidants, which are quite beneficial for your health. The presence of antioxidants catalyses the digestion of iron and calcium by your body, both elements being very important during your pregnancy. Therefore, green tea because of its properties can be very beneficial if you consume it in the right quantity.

Therefore, you can safely consume green tea brewed at your own home without any risks to your pregnancy. However it is recommended that you do consult your physician for more details.

What is Bubble Tea?

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Bubble tea originated in Taiwan in the 1980’s, with two teahouses claiming to be the creator.  If you have ever been to Taiwan you will most certainly have tasted it as most Taiwanese are rather proud of their “Zhen Zhu Nai Cha” as it is called there.  Now it can be found all over the world in teahouses in America, Australia, Europe and of course all over Asia.

My First (and Last) Bubble Tea

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Upon arriving in Taiwan I was told that I absolutely must try some Bubble Tea (as well as Stinky Tofu or  tsoh doh-foo as it is also known as) and some other fairly questionable foods and drinks. I was willing to try, however I am not fond of drinking tea with milk so I was skeptical as to how much I would enjoy it.  The tea came in a huge plastic cup with plastic stretched tight to seal it over the top. I was instructed how to turn the large cup up and down and given a humongous straw to poke through the plastic.  Dutifully I poked the straw through the plastic and, as the weather quite hot and the tea was nice and cold, took a long suck on the straw. I almost choked as my mouth filled with large black balls–tapioca balls as I found later. It was such a surprise that I never really recovered.  So as tea with milk is not my favorite and as I’m not that fond of floating things in my drinks I generally opted to buy a mango slushy instead. (Incidentally, the mango slushies made in Taiwan are awesome, made with real fruit–not flavored syrups, etc.  You can also buy them with our without the small tapioca balls–my choice was usually without them.)

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What is Bubble Tea Made From?

These days there are many variations of bubble teas to choose from. Many are made from a black tea or green tea base with milk and either tapioca balls or candied taro being added. Building on this, some teas have flavors added–fruit flavors or even coffee flavoring. Additionally, some teas have small jelly cubes instead of tapioca, or different sizes and colors of tapioca. The sky is the limit really when it comes to thinking up new ideas and recipes for bubble tea–it reminds me a little of the many different recipes you can find for cocktails. So, when it comes to bubble tea flavors there are a huge variety to choose from, with many teahouses making up their own variation.

Different Names For Bubble Tea

Bubble milk tea is sometimes referred to as tapioca bubble tea, foam milk tea, pearl milk tea, or simply pearl tea. It is usually referred to as bubble tea by westerners, and is known as Boba tea in many Asian countries.  Usually tapioca bubble tea is more common than taro bubble tea, with the larger one quarter inch, black tapioca balls included in the drink.

Incidentally, the drink was not named after the “bubbles” or tapioca balls, but rather it was originally called bubble tea because it was shaken vigorously after being made resulting in a top layer of foam and froth — the bubbles. Hence the origination of the name ‘bubble tea’.

The First Recipe for Bubble Tea

As stated in Wikipedia and also mentioned quite a few other places online, the very first milk tea was actually made from hot black Taiwan tea and it was not served cold. The tapioca balls were added–though the smaller balls, not the ¼ inch ones, and it was topped with both condensed milk and syrup.  Now that would have been one sweet cup of tea!  As mentioned before, these days it is generally made using ice and served as a cold tea drink not as hot tea.

Can You Make Your Own Bubble Tea?

Yes, you can. I will try to dig up some recipes for bubble tea and post them soon. It is possible to make them without buying expensive bubble tea equipment though of course the equipment does make the job a whole lot easier, especially if you are making a lot of bubble tea.

So if you haven’t yet experienced bubble tea I’d suggest you do so. There are so many varieties to choose from, some with and some without tapioca balls, that you will most likely be sure to find something that suits your tastes. And, if tea is not your favorite, try some of the great tasting fruit slushies that are also often served as well.



Green Tea Side Effects

Monday, April 11th, 2011

I recently read a fairly comprehensive article online regarding green tea side effects. It was well researched and fairly unbiased; however I did have some questions regarding the article. From my perspective, having lived for close to 30 years in countries where green tea and oolong tea were consumed in large quantities by a huge cross section of the population, I did have to question how factual the presentation was. While the person writing the article clearly stated that side effects were rarely seen and the benefits far outweigh the side effects a few may experience, the detail given to the side effects could cause some to reconsider adding this tea to their diet–which is, in my opinion, a shame as it really is a fantastic beverage that has actually physically bettered many people’s health and well being.

Green Tea Caffeine Levels

The first cited side effect was relating to the amount of caffeine in green tea. As is well documented, caffeine levels in green tea are low; much lower than in coffee or regular black tea, and much lower than what is found in many popular carbonated drinks. It is important to realize that while green tea does have some caffeine that should not be cited as a reason for people not to drink it. True, some people are very sensitive to caffeine and as such common sense should tell them not to drink anything that has caffeine in it, including cokes or cappuccinos.

Regarding green tea caffeine levels, there are some workarounds that would help you to continue enjoying the tea without experiencing any of the side-effects of the minimal amount of caffeine if you are sensitive to it. First of all, you will find that there is a great selection of decaffeinated green tea available. This will enable you to still enjoy the health benefits without having to suffer with any of the caffeine effects. Generally though, these teas are less beneficial to you health wise than regular green tea. But if the only way you can enjoy green tea is by drinking decaf green tea, then go ahead and do so.  Some great decaf green teas to try include Good Earth Organic Green Tea Decaffeinated(Mango, Peach, & Pineapple Flavor), 18 Count Tea Bags, 1.14-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6), or for those who like K-cups you can try Celestial Seasonings Decaffeinated Green Tea, K-cups For Keurig Brewers, 24-count, Boxes (Pack of 2) .

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Another tip, which I have found very helpful, is that it is always the first cup that has the most caffeine content. Providing you are drinking good quality, loose leaf tea (which you should be if you are drinking green or wulong tea) you can simply pour a cup of just boiled water into your first pot of tea and allow it to sit for five to seven minutes.  Dump the first cup of tea and then pour hot water over the same leaves. This pot of tea will have significantly less caffeine in it. You may think that the first pot of tea is naturally the best, so why dump it out? Many people claim that is true, however routinely tea masters in Japan and China will always dump the first pot of tea out in any case before making a second pot which is served to guests? Why? There are several reasons, but one is that it cleans the leaves and removes any dust or debris that may have collected on the leaves. If it is good enough for tea masters and tea enthusiasts to simply wait and drink the second brewed pot of tea, it is good enough for me!

The second side effect of green tea discussed was that it can cause indigestion, bloating or nausea. It can cause an increase in the amount of stomach acid produced, as can many other substances. Again, common sense should kick in; if you have a sensitive stomach or problems with indigestion or ulcers you will need to be careful about everything you eat or drink, not just green tea. I found it difficult to grasp why this would be singled out as a side-effect of green tea, when in fact in this context it is like saying onions cause indigestion or that a side effect of eating dairy products include stomach problems. This, I felt, was a little like putting the cart before the donkey.

However, if you do suffer from indigestion or some other digestive disorder yet you still want to experience the benefits derived from drinking green tea you may want to experiment with some of the other natural Asian teas instead. For example oolong (or wulong as it is also called) has been found to be easier on the stomach for some people, especially the more aged varieties.

Another suggestion was to add milk and sugar to the tea. I find this suggestion distasteful–but again, I have spent more of my life in Asia than in Western countries where milk or cream is regularly added to black tea. Perhaps the better suggestion was to use less loose leaves when brewing the tea, making it half strength instead.

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Finally there were the regular warnings not to drink it while pregnant, not to give green tea to children and not to overdose on green tea extract tablets. I have seen many pregnant women drink a cup or two of green tea without any side-effects whatsoever. Perhaps in this instance the warning should be towards moderation rather than totally cutting it out from your diet. As far as children drinking green tea; in essence any caffeinated drink is harmful for children and as such I agree that children do not need to drink green tea. Nor do they need to drink carbonated drinks either! Yet, many still do. One good caution which is worth repeating was that many of the green tea energy drinks sold, which are often chosen by children as a healthy alternative to other carbonated drinks, are not really at all hea
lthy for them in spite of  what the label may suggest.