Drinking a cup of green tea, I stopped a war. – Paul Reps
Paul Reps was an American artist, poet, and author, best known for his unorthodox haiku-inspired poetry. And apparently, a green tea drinker.
Green tea was first popular in China, but quickly spread throughout Asia. Now it is one of the most popular types of tea consumed in North America. For centuries it was used for medicinal purposes, from headaches to depression beneficial properties continue to be acclaimed.
Green and black tea leaves come from the Camelia sinensis plant, but how the leaves are treated once harvested makes the difference. For green tea, mature leaves are pan fired or steamed, then quickly oven dried to avoid oxidization and retain fresh flavour. It can be served on its own or blended with other organic materials, such as fruits, nuts or other leaves. Green tea leaves plucked in morning can be steeped by evening.
Green tea is sugar free and low in caffeine. Most tea brands list it as 25 mg per 8 fl. oz. Some studies have shown that green tea can increase the metabolic rate, (burning more fat), in the short term, and it may kill bacteria and inhibit some viruses, improving health overall. Green tea is also high in the amino acid, theonine (which we learned about last week), can have a calming effect on an individual. Other health benefits attributed to green tea including improved brain function, lower risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, and a lower risk of certain types of cancer.
I meant to get this posted earlier in the day, but as I was concluding some research (past my bedtime), I discovered another side to green tea that I want to experiment with and report back on in a month or two. And that, my friends, is the “Beauty Benefits” of green tea for hair and skin. So far, I’ve purchased 72 pure green tea bags and a carton of yogurt when I went grocery shopping. I figure, if this is a complete disaster, I can either:
a) experiment with cooking with green tea; or,
b) use the yogurt to bake some more coconut lime muffins (apparently they’re so good, I’m getting requests)!
I wonder if green tea infused chocolates have the benefits of chocolate and the benefits of green tea?
Chocolate – it’s cheaper than therapy and you don’t need an appointment.
It’s time to put the kettle on – put yours on too, and we can share a cup together! Cheers!