Green tea is all the rage these days. There have been several claims that the beverage has several health benefits due to the polyphenols present in the leaves of the tea plant. Many of these studies focus on green tea’s effects on cardiovascular health, which have shown that green tea consumption may reduce heart disease. Other studies have tried to connect green tea with the reduction of cholesterol, which have been promising, but so far inconclusive. Other studies have linked green tea consumption to protecting brain cells from dying when affected by Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s. There have also been claims that green tea can lower blood pressure, and may help people lose weight.
With all of these claims, it’s no wonder why green tea has aroused the interest of so many people in the medical community, and of course, people who are interested in maintaining their health. I have slightly different circumstances, however. I simply like the taste of green tea, and enjoy a little caffeine in the morning. Because of this, I have begun transitioning from coffee consumption to tea consumption. I still drink about two cups of coffee in the morning, but by 10 AM, I am usually only drinking tea.
Here’s what I like about it:
- The flavor: Green tea has a very refreshing taste. It’s slightly grassy, slightly floral, slightly sweet, and is amazingly thirst-quenching.
- The effect: Green tea does contain caffeine, although the effects are a bit different from coffee. To me, green tea seems more mellow, and less buzzy than coffee. It still produces an alertness like coffee, but seems a little less frenetic.
- Health benefits: Well, to be honest, I don’t know if green tea really does make you healthier, but the medical studies do seem to promote this claim. I can’t complain!
- It’s refreshing: Coffee is always such an intense drink. It has a strong flavor and is more viscous than water. Tea on the other hand seems to quench my thirst better, tastes and feels lighter, and doesn’t taste terrible when it gets cold.
- The ritual: It’s always fun to scoop up some fresh tea and put in in the infuser. I pour some warm water on top and watch the water slowly change to that yellowish-green color.
Another thing that I enjoy about green tea is that much like coffee, there are many different varieties from different parts of the world. Chinese and Japanese green teas offer their own unique flavors and aromas. In addition, there are many green teas available with added flavors such as citrus and pomegranate. Some green teas even contain flowers such as rose, jasmine, lavender or hibiscus. Drinking these teas is a small luxury that can be enjoyed every day.