THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF GREEN TEA
Posted on January 18 2019
You have probably heard that green tea is good for you right? But what exactly does it do?
A quick background on tea. One of the most popular drinks in the world, all tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant, but the main difference between green and black tea is due to the manufacturing process. Black tea is fermented, whereas green tea is processed by either pan-frying or steaming to prevent too much oxidation from occurring. Due to the little amount of processing green tea claims to have higher antioxidants than black tea.
The antioxidants and nutrients green tea possess have powerful effects on the body. Polyphenols are micronutrients that we get through certain plant-based foods. Green tea has natural polyphenols that support the body's normal detox system. The polyphenols work in two ways: they have a direct impact on your liver, the body's major detox organ, and they are antioxidants that fight free radicals.
Green tea has less caffeine than coffee (35-80mg vs 100-400mg) which makes it a favourite for people looking to reduce their intake of caffeine.
So these are some of the benefits of green tea, but did you know there are different types differentiated by how they are grown and the processes used?
Sencha is traditionally a Japanese tea but other places like Sri Lanka also produce small quantities of Sencha. The process for Sencha includes rolling the leaves to a needle-like shape before being steamed. When brewed it is a light colour with a grassy flavour.
Then there is matcha which is made from green tea leaves grown in the shade. The leaves have a higher chlorophyll content which makes them a vibrant green colour.
True North’s organic Green Sencha is special because it is a unique organic Ceylon Sencha. This variation is delicate in size and naturally sweet to taste, with malty mellow flavours and minimal astringency.
Our organic Island Green tea is steamed and rolled with organic lime and coconut added to it.
There are many more varieties of green tea. Whichever green tea you choose we recommend you do not over brew it as this can make the tea bitter. Use water at 80 degrees cel and brew for no longer than three minutes.
And although most people drink green tea hot, you can also ice it. Try out our Sparkling Green Tea Lime and Coconut recipe for yourself.