You like ice tea? American tea society estimates that 85% of consumed tea in the area of USA is ICE TEA. Unfortunately, ice tea mostly has no health benefits unlike tea that is made at home. Experts have determined that ice tea contains less polyphenols than green and black tea. And don’t forget about calorie value. Hot tea has zero calories, while a tea of ice tea in average contains over 80 calories. And why would you even buy prepared tea, filled with additives and sugars? At home, in a short time you can make a cup filled with polyphenols and rich aroma.
Should Yoy Avoid Tea With Milk?
Of course you can avoid tea with milk, and not only for additional calories…. Small European study from 2007 shows that TEA WITH MILK cancels health benefits that tea has on the heart, so drink tea without milk.
In Which Cases You Cannot Use Green Tea?
Theoretically green tea can reduce the intake of iron, so it is not recommended to anemic people. In case of increased intake of Coca-Cola, Guarana, coffee, matee, efedra and energy drinks (which mainly contain these stimulators) there is a possibility of excessive stimulation of the organism which causes: accelerated heart rate, increased blood pressure, increased liquid secretion, insomnia, loss of appetite… Green tea is not recommended in the case of allergies to caffeine, for insomnia, epilepsy.
Which Unwanted Effects Can a Green Tea Have?
Unwanted effects include: heart burn, stomach irritation and loss of appetite. In the case of larger intakes of green tea, due to presence of caffeine you can suffer from: insomnia, accelerated heart rate increased BLOOD PRESSURE, increased liquid secretion….
With Which Medications You Cannot Combine Green Tea?
When using ephedrine you cannot use green tea, due to possible increase of simulative effects on the organism. Simultaneous use with oral contraceptives or quinolones can reduce the secretion of caffeine by 40-65%, which can cause the development of unwanted effects of increased caffeine presence.
How much tea can we drink a day?
On this question different experts give different answers. Japanese research shows that one who drank ten cups of this tea every day were protected from getting cancer for about three years longer than those that drank less than 3 cups a day. On the other side in America, research determined that the persons that drink four or more cups a day have a considerably better condition regarding danger of rheumatoid arthritis. In Japan they also conducted research that showed that the ones that drink more than five cups a day have a lot less probability of getting breast cancer. So, there were a lot of research on this subject and as a conclusion was that 4 and more cups a day acts beneficially to the human health regarding various organs and preventing disease.
Of course, you should not exaggerate in anything, and so is the case with drinking tea, and especially in late evening hours. Even though the percentage of caffeine in green tea is a lot lower than in black, persons that have trouble sleeping should not drink it. Situation with black tea is even more serious so that more cups a day is not recommended for pregnant women and mother that breast feed their children.
It is considered that the optimal daily dose is 1l of tea, which amounts to 3-5 cups a day. Experts are emphasizing that this amount can be increased in worm summer days. Apart from the fact that the need for liquid in those days is greater, warm beverages, mainly tea, lead to equalizing external temperature with temperature in our body, which results with better endurance of great heats.
Chronic poisoning with tea happens as a consequence of over consummation of tea (more than 8-10 cups a day, for a long period of time) leads to: insomnia, constipation, difficult digestion, loss of appetite and overall weakening of the organism. Black, green, white and oolong tea come from leaves of evergreen tree Camellia sinensis. The longer the tea leaves are processed, the tea gets darker, do that leaves of white and green tea are least processed. All four types of tea are rich with polyphenols anti-oxidants, which protects the body from cancer.
How To Correctly Prepare a Perfect Cup Of Green Tea?
Even though at first glance it seems a banal question, most people make mistakes when preparing tea. Most of us wait until water boils, throws in a baggy and waits for a while until the tea dissolves. However, precisely in such tiny things lies the biggest problem that can lead to problems. If we stick to the receipt for proper preparation of tea we can be sure that we will get all advantages that there are in tea. During preparation of perfect cup of green tea you should keep in mind several things:
- Quality of water: Good water quality is of essential meaning for a good cup of tea. Generally, city tap water is simply not good enough. Even though in many countries water is bacteriological clean, it is mostly hard to prepare tea with it. That is why it is better to use bottled water or water that came out of special filters.
- Temperature of water: This is critical! Most mistakes are made regarding water temperature. If water is too hot that is boiled, your tea will be bitter and will lose most if it§s healing properties! Green tea should be prepared with water temperature between 75 and 80 Celsius degrees. Since water boils at 100 degrees, it should be cooled down by adding a little fresh water or stop heating it when it is close to boiling point (small bubbles appear on the bottom of the pot). Boiling water can be cooled down by pouring it from one pot to another and waiting a minute or two. The best thing is to use thermometer and practice until you master this technique and get a good feeling regarding the right temperature.
- Preparation time: Another critical element in preparation process of green tea is the time you keep it in water! Two to three minutes is all you need. Keeping tea longer in water will produce stronger and bitterer taste. Also it is very important not to mix and shake the tea while it is in water because otherwise tea will be turbid and that will influence taste. Leave some space for tea to expand, so called, swell up.
- Chose a appropriate tea pot: Green tea is compact and expands in water and requires space. That is why tea is best to prepare in Chinese or Japanese tea pots that are designed with this fact in mind. Also, these tea pots are made from sand clay which is the best environment to prepare good tea. When you pour tea in a cup you will see tiny pieces of tea that are floating all over it, and that eventually settle on the bottom. That is normal, if you want, drink that too.