Advantages It's indestructible, tastes fabulous, good for you
Disadvantages Has diuretic properties
We all know how good green tea is for us: it contains antioxidants, which are supposed to reduce the risk of different kinds of cancer. "Normal" (black) tea also contains antioxidants, but not as much as in green tea, and green tea does not contain much, if any caffeine.Health benefits
According to "greentea.com", green tea may be helpful in treating cancer (please, please don't stop taking any drugs you've been prescribed and just drink green tea! Go see your doctor!), and it has been shown that drinking 5 or more cups of green tea a day has slowed the rate of progression of breast cancer in women. Apparently, this is caused by a catechin found only in green tea, "EGCG".Also, green tea has been shown to be useful for weight loss. It has diuretic properties (which I don't need... I'm always up and down to the loo!) which apparently helps you lose weight. I can't really comment on how effective it is for that, because I'm not looking to lose weight... but I'm not putting any on!
There are differences between types of green tea, too, but still, why are we all not drinking it by the bucket load?Any dangers?
Tea can interfere with certain drugs including some antibiotics, antiulcer drugs, sedative drugs and theophylkline for asthma. It can also prevent iron absorption.Drinking too much can cause dizziness, palpitations, irritability and insomnia.
If you're being prescribed drugs (particularly the above ones), it might be best to consult your doctor before you start drinking this or drink more.How does it taste, smell and look?
With it being green tea, you'd expect it to be green, no? I would say it's more yellow or amber, though it depends how long you brew it. If you're using a blue cup, it does look quite green, so if you really want green green tea, use a blue cup!A few years ago, my mum got quite into drinking peppermint tea. I think it really smells! This put me off "alternative" teas, so I just stuck to regular. I don't think green tea smells bad - it's quite pleasant really. I don't particularly notice it any more though.
How to make
I find that with other brands of green tea, you have to be very delicate with it. That is, you can not leave the tea bag in for more than 3 minutes or it goes terribly bitter, and you cannot use freshly boiled water, or it goes terribly bitter again! Because of this, I would not allow anyone else to make green tea for me without specific instructions, in the past. My dad, still, cannot make a good cup of green tea for me! It always tastes foul. I think this is what put him off it too, because he can't make it right! The trick is to put a little bit of cold water into the cup before you add the hot, to not touch the tea bag until you remove it and to remove it after 3 minutes, and not a second longer. This way it won't be bitter, just refreshing and delicious! Oh, and you normally wouldn't add milk (I've never tried it, it might be interesting!) and you can add sugar or honey if you prefer it sweeter, though I don't.
OK, green tea is a little more expensive than black tea. This particular one isn't so bad, with it being Asda's own brand, at 67p per box of 20 bags (50g). This is good value, compared with the same from Twinings (green tea with jasmine), costing £1.18 for 50g.
The tea bags themselves (they package the tea!) are rectangular in shape and work perfectly well!All in all
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