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How to Select Green Tea?

Posted by rhondascooking on July 17, 2009

Okay, I am sure that you have seen several varieties of tea at the supermarket that range from bagged tea leaves to loose tea leaves to bottled teas to herbal teas, like mint, chamomile, jasmine, etc. There are so many types that it may be hard for “neo-tea drinker”s to choose. I used to be one of those neo-tea drinkers, but after traveling to China, my appreciation for tea grew tremendously! Not only did I learn about the history, I learned what to look for when selecting tea and how to steep the perfect cup of tea! In fact, my first tea party was in Shanghai, China!

One of the biggest things that I learned is that full tea leaves that are mostly sold loose are far better than the crushed tea leaves that you get in most bagged tea. The flavor profile is far more intense and you get more of the wonderful antioxidants.

My recommendations for selecting green tea:
1. Select a green tea that is 100% green tea leaves or green tea leaves mixed with other tea leaves or natural herbs/spices such as mint leaves paired with green tea leaves. Avoid the tea that is mixed or infused with flavors such as vanilla, caramel, etc. The tea will lose more of its natural properties as these flavors are processed and added to the tea leaves.

2. Stay clear away from those bottled green teas that have a long list of ingredients that includes high fructose corn syrup and food coloring! This is not good for the body.

3. Purchase loose green tea leaves at least once to experience its natural flavor. You will need to purchase a tea ball or a cup with a basket to hold the leaves as the tea steeps or else you will have leaves floating in your cup, which is how it is consumed in China!

My top 3 favorite brands of tea when I am not drinking Longjing Green Tea from China are as follows:
1. Revolution® Tea – full-leaf tea; available in silk bags or loose in several varieties.
2. Mighty Leaf® Tea – full tea leaves; available in a proprietary silk Tea Pouch™ or loose in several varieties.

Both of these brands can be purchased from selected grocery stores/specialty stores or ordered online. If you unable to purchase these brands then I recommend that you purchase Tazo® tea. This tea is also available both full leaf and in regular tea filter bags. Though it did not make my top list it is in 3rd place.

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2 Responses to “How to Select Green Tea?”

  1. Carolyn said

    …..desperately seeking a tea or something similar that might help lower the blood pressure. any suggestions?

    • Green tea, white tea and oolong tea are good for lowering blood pressure. In fact there have been some studies have shown that if a person consumes at least 20 ounces of green or oolong tea then they have a 65% lower risk of high blood pressure. The EGCG, the strongest antioxidant in green tea, is responsible for lowering the risk because it blocks salt uptake.

      So, I definitely recommend drinking tea. However, to really reduce blood pressure you need to decrease the amount of sodium that you are consuming through foods. Watch for pre-packaged foods, fast foods, cured meats, foods in a brine, as well as salt added to your food. If you have high blood pressure, definitely consult with your health care provider regarding how much sodium you should consume. Generally for a person who is not at risk for high blood pressure, they should consume less than 2300mg per day–that’s less than 1 teaspoon of salt!

      Additional info: http://bit.ly/377uqw

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