I've been told that it's best to use boiled water that has been given time to cool slightly. Freshly boiled water can burn the leaves and causes the tea to become bitter. This is very likely why I've never been a fan. I've been doing it wrong all these years. Should give it another go and use that jasmine green that i have sitting in the tea cupboard.
Love green tea! Used to drink it constantly, but have found that with my hyperthyroid, even the slightest bit of caffeine throws me way off track! It's really strange and makes me sad :( But I guess since green tea isn't as good for me as I though, oh well....
PS... for those that don't like the flavor, you can cook with it. Therapeutic levels (from Japanese use) are 10 cups a day! That's why I use the ground leaf form - in baked goods, even on meat if you don't like the flavor). But I do like the flavor. And I like even more having no JOINT pain (I've been in a car wreck and a horse wreck - no joint pain at all!)
I use a ground leaf green tea (about a tsp a day, equivalent of about 10 cups) and found that it directly correlates to relieving joint pain. I started when I had a cancer dx - took this and other measures for 3 months before - interestingly, no cancer found after the hysterectomy.
1/23/2013 8:43:18 AM
Just finished a workout on here, ate breakfast (light strawberry yogurt and nutrisystem double chocolate healthy bar) and drinking green tea. :) Cheers!
in reference to MORVALTUR, who said that no tea should be steeped for 6-10 minutes, I am afraid I will have to correct you... green tea DOES need to be steeped for 6-10 minutes, this is verified by the package labels of any good, quality green tea vendor.
Wow, did not know that green tea may affect the absorbtion of iron! I must keep that in mind and not have it with meals then!! Other than that, I'm glad it does have some good effects and will keep on drinking it.
Glad I read this as I tried drinking it a few times but I just don't care for it. Kind of felt I should drink it for the health benefits but looks like I really don't have to drink it if I don't like it. ;)
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