Have you been wondering what all the fuss is about?
This flavorful beverage offers many health benefits to anyone who drinks it regularly. Green tea is considered one of the world’s healthiest drinks and contains one of the highest amounts of antioxidants of any tea. Some of the antioxidants and healing compounds found in green tea include polyphenols, catechins and various other types of flavonoids — the same anti-aging compounds found in things like red wine, blueberries, and dark chocolate. Amazingly, green tea is approximately 20-45 percent polyphenols by weight, of which 60-80 percent are catechins such as EGCG. These catechins are antioxidants that are said to help prevent cell damage.
Among many other benefits, green tea may help prevent memory loss and can help protect brain cells from free radical damage. It may also help prevent Diabetes and insulin resistance. According to dozens of studies, regularly drinking green tea may reduce your risk of developing heart disease or Alzheimer’s, help you maintain better bone mineral density, ward off eye diseases that affect vision in older age, prevent strokes, and even extend your life.
Both green and black tea share many of the same benefits, considering they come from the same plants. It’s the processing that results in the different colors, flavors, and health benefits of green tea and black tea. Green tea leaves are dried for a shorter time than black tea leaves before processing, so they keep their greener color. Compared to green tea, black tea is more processed.
The standard way to brew green tea is to:
- Place your tea bag or high-quality tea leaves in your teapot.
- Heat or boil water, but don’t let it completely boil and become too hot, as this can destroy some of the delicate compounds found in green tea leaves. The “ideal” temperature for brewing green tea is between 160 degrees Fahrenheit to 180 degrees F (traditionally standard Chinese green teas brew at slightly higher temperatures). Pour hot water into the teapot to steep the leaves for only about 1–3 minutes. Larger leaves need more time to steep than finer, smaller leaves.
- Once brewed, pour a little tea at a time into each cup in order to have the tea’s strength be evenly distributed. At this point, you can add some lemon juice or raw honey as the finishing touch.
Now, if you are like us this seems like a lot of work and time for a cup of tea. Thank goodness for our single serve machine and Stash’s awesome line of teas for it. Stash Single Serve Teas give you green tea benefits with single-serve convenience!
- Premium quality teas with 100% natural ingredients that are healthy and great tasting
- Keurig Compatible including 2.0 K-Cup Brewers
- Certified Kosher
Every afternoon we have a cup of tea. Marcus has a spoonful of raw unfiltered honey in his and I enjoy mine naked. Because of its smoothness and clean taste this Premium Green Tea from Stash is one of our favorites. If you are looking to add green tea to your life this is one that we would highly recommend you try.