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Green Tea for real? – When? How? Why?

Tea derived from leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis. It can be categorized into three main types depending on the level of oxidation: green (unfermented), oolong (partially fermented) and black (fermented) tea. FYI, the synonym of the green tea plant is Camellia thea.

Stars are no strangers to the benefits of green tea. Fergie has been said to down the drink before every performance, and Jennifer Lopez, Rachel Bilson, and Gwyneth Paltrow also drink it. It’s said to be high in antioxidants, aid digestion, curb appetite, and even prevent illness. One of the fittest actresses in Bollywood with flawless skin, the secret to Deepika’s beauty is her self-control. The actress does not drink any alcohol, but substitutes it with plenty of water and green tea.

According to Chinese legend,  in 2737 B.C.E. when the Emperor Shen Nong, a skilled ruler and scientist, accidentally discovered tea. Indian history attributes the discovery of tea to Prince Bodhi-Dharma, an Indian saint who founded the Zen school of Buddhism.

Fact: It is a small evergreen shrub when cultivated reaches to the height of 1.0-1.5 meters

 

Is there an ideal time to drink green tea?

Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Health Practitioner Shilpa Arora says, “Both morning and evening are fine to drink green tea. People who have sleep issues should avoid a cup later in the evening, as the caffeine intake may pose problem with their sleep.”


Consultant nutritionist Dr. Rupali Dutta tells us, “Mornings are the best time to have green tea, for its role in kick-starting the metabolism but you can also have it post-meal, as it is low in calories, and therefore, taking a cup after your meal wouldn’t harm as much. Make sure you don’t drink it right after your meal, observe a gap of at least an hour or two.”

So, remember restricting yourself to 2 to 3 cups a day. Moreover, drinking green tea too close to your bed time may hinder your sleep, so it is best to avoid it around that time.

 

How to make a perfect and flavourful cup of green tea?

Experiments are more than welcome. However, traditional tea bearing is a class apart and everyone should taste it once in a lifetime. Making the perfect cup of green tea involves just a few steps. It is easy but you need get the basics right. Unlike our everyday chai, green tea is never made with milk. You could add a few drops of honey for flavor, though.

Fact:  It is found that humans that have tea compounds in their drinking water develop fewer dental caries and less plaque formation than those drinking plain water.

How long should you steep the tea leaves in the cup?

Never let the tea leaves steep in the hot water for very long. 2-3 minutes, usually works just fine.
For lighter concoctions you could reduce the time even further. However, anything more than 3 minutes will give you a bitter-tasting cup of tea.

Fact: During cultivation, it is prepared by exposing the freshly collected leaves to the air until most of the moisture is removed.

 

Psst! Here is something you need to know..

Celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar posted a series of tweets on her timeline on Thursday, to bust a few myths around food: From the best time to have tea or coffee to whether we should add sugar to our drinks to the health benefits of green tea/coffee, and much more.

Chai/ coffee – to have or not to have, Diwekar points out that it is best to avoid having tea or coffee right after waking up, last thing before sleeping and in place of a nutritious meal during the day. She also explains that drinking up to three cups of these beverages in a day is not harmful for the body.

She mentions that is driven by profits and is not necessarily a healthier option. Instead, she suggests that people opt for desi masala chai as it is loaded with antioxidants and speed up recovery from ailments.

Fact: Green tea is known for having more vitamins in higher concentrations than other foods, and this fact alone makes tea a superior beverage. It contains Vitamin , Vitamin B2 , Beta-carotene

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