Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Green Tea

When we think of tea, it is always a freshly boiled tea leaves in milk or water, with a scoop full of sugar! It stimulates, it is a time-pass, and it is a way of life for Indians and people world over.

Tea has many advantages. Its antioxidant property helps neutralize free radicals, thereby improve food absorption and digestion.

I am an ardent Indian Tea fan, like most of you, and ready for a cuppa any time. I take 4-5 cups of small quantity of tea in a day.

The desire for tea is satiated after few sips. And few sips are also good enough to give you all the beneficial effects you are looking from it. But we tend to gulp the large quantity served in a cup, overdosing ourselves with sugar and milk, and hence once again kicks the digestion cycle for complex milk product. Therefore it is important to drink tea in small quantity.

Many of you may be drinking Green Tea, as it is well advertised recently. Green tea is made solely with the leaves of Camellia Sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. Green Tea after meal is a potent solution for most of our day to day problems. It promotes digestion, regulates blood pressure, body temperature and blood sugar, useful for weight loss management and above all eliminates free radicals, which are potent weapons to kill our body cells. Free radicals are produced during digestion process.

Preparation guideline: When preparing green tea, always use filtered cold water and bring it to a rolling boil. Next, allow the water to cool to a temperature somewhere between 80-85 degrees Celsius before you pour it over the tea leaves. (Boiling water usually takes between 30 and 60 seconds to cool to this temperature.) Never use boiling water to prepare your green tea. Water at this temperature will "cook" the leaves and destroy the tea and its flavor, creating a bitter tasting tea. Add a dash of honey, if you so desire.

Enjoy the drink for good health forever!

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