Posts tagged ‘green tea’

Lose 10kg a Day by Drinking Tea! I am kidding of course =D

Happy New Year Tea Lovers!

Yep it’s that time of the year when we have increased a notch or three on our belts; we can’t see our feet for our tum tums, and our TV screens and our Facebook and Google Ads are inundated with advertisements telling us of the latest fad that will help us to lose 10kgs in a day.  The thing is, what I am here to tell you is that Tea is not the miracle cure that will help us to lose weight immediately.  With the amount of tea that I drink on a daily basis, I ought to be Victoria Beckham sized, but I’m not because I love my tea, I love my food but I just don’t like exercise so much!!

Tea does have a whole host of health benefits, but tea has to be consumed as part of a healthier lifestyle. Drinking tea alone and nothing else might help you to lose weight in the short term, but your body needs other nutrients, vitamins and minerals that it cannot gain from tea alone.  Besides, just drinking tea alone and not eating any food, will make you extremely ill.  I do not recommend it.

So what are the health benefits of tea?  I have delivered several tea note speaking gigs where I help to explain the various health benefits and I wanted to start by telling you about Antioxidants.  Or rather, this video will help to explain what they are and how they can help you if you incorporate tea as part of a healthier lifestyle.

May King Tsang - MayKing Tea Video

But what about the other health benefits of tea?  I created a slide presentation when I first arrived in Australia to explain the health benefits and I continue to use the slides to this day.  If you click on the picture below and then click on save to download this presentation, take a look at the notes underneath each slide, this will give you more information about antioxidants and the other health benefits that you can find in tea.

One of these days I will convert the presentation into a video series but until then, pop the kettle on, make a cup of tea, sit back, relax and read through the notes as you go through the slides.  I am sure that you will find them exTEAmely informaTEAve 😀

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As you can see, if you take the first letter of each of my top 10 tips, what do you get?  Why! MayKing Tea of course!!  Enjoy and Happy New Year tea lovers!

Many thanks to Kerrin Smith for the production of this video and others.

 

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Why Green Tea is so popular

After my last blog post about oolong tea, I was then asked on Facebook, but what about green tea?  Again, if you were to type green tea into a search engine, you will be inundated with websites but here is just a short summary of what they might say:

  • I talked about antioxidants in my last blog post and green tea is no exception.  Green tea is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which is a powerful antioxidant.   EGCG is said to be at least 100 more times more effective than vitamin C and 25 times more effective than vitamin E at protecting cells from harmful influence.You may have noticed that extracts of green can be found in anything from deodorants, shower gels, perfumes to creams.  The antioxidant properties of green tea and extracts found in anti-aging creams is no coincidence.
  •  I’ve also mentioned in my daily tea tweets, that green tea can even help prevent tooth decay!  It contains antibacterial properties to kill the bacteria that causes dental plaque, bad breath and the natural presence of fluoride in green tea also helps to prevent tooth decay and strengthens your teeth and gums.
  • Contrary to popular belief drinking tea is hydrating and therefore by drinking green tea (or any other tea type) you are helping your body to maintain a healthy fluid balance and relieve fatigue and stress which is often caused by dehydration.
  • Just like oolong tea, green tea can stimulate your metabolism, and can be effective if incorporated into a healthier eating plan.

But as I’ve mentioned in my previous post.  It’s not just about the health benefits of tea.  Good quality loose leaf green tea when brewed correctly shouldn’t taste bitter but there are a wide variety flavours for you to choose from.  From a grassy vegetal taste of a Sencha, the freshness of an Anxi Bai Cha to the nuttiness of a Dragonwell.

Why Green Tea shouldn’t taste bitter

When I speak to people about tea, they often proceed to tell me that they either hate or they love green tea.  For those that hate green tea I will ask them why they hate it and I often get the same response: “because it tastes bitter”.  The first thing I’ll explain is that green tea is a category and not a type of tea and then I go on to explain that the bitterness could be due to a variety of reasons:

  • The quality of the tea, as green tea in a tea-bag often means that the leaves are broken. 
    Broken leaves can often create a bitter taste.
  • The temperature used to make the brew may be too hot
  • The steeping time was too long.

So when people taste my Lung Ching (Dragonwell) green tea (using a good quality leaf, correct temperature, correct steeping time and with good quality water), they’re often surprised by the vegetal and nutty note of the tea and how delicate the taste can be.  

Green tea may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it could be down to the preparation of it and I hope to change people’s perception of green tea cup by cup. 

Note: Bitterness shouldn’t be confused with astringency but that’s another post waiting to be written 🙂