Green Tea: Earthy & Loaded with Antioxidants Wednesday, March 12 2014
Generally, green tea has a delicate, earthy flavor, with grassy, vegetal and sometimes crisp undertones. It is derived from leaves of Camellia sinensis, but, unlike other varieties that come from the same plant, green tea is unoxidized, which attributes to its natural green color.
From healing wounds to regulating body temperature and promoting digestion, Asian countries, including China, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam, have used green tea medicinally for centuries. However, green tea consumption originated in China in 2737 BC.
Today, green tea is considered one of the world’s healthiest drinks. Loaded with antioxidants called catechins, studies show that green tea may help fight cancer and diabetes, raise good cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease.
Green tea is a refreshing drink with mild caffeine levels that vary based on brewing time. However, matcha, a ground green tea, is more highly concentrated and, therefore, contains higher levels of caffeine per serving. Toss some into your morning smoothie for a tasty, energizing kick.
Steep times vary slightly from variety to variety, but most Spicely Organics green teas call for steep times around 2 minutes.
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