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Green Tea Reviews

By Hannah Graham | ; ?>

There are three main types of green tea: loose, bag, bottled. I’ll review some of the well known brands of teas from each category.

Bottled Green Tea

Obviously a hot, fresh cup of green tea is the best way to enjoy all the benefits of the tea. In our hectic society, however, it’s not always possible to take the time to prepare a hot cup of tea. Rather than reach for a can of soda or a cup of coffee you might want to consider some bottled tea.

Some bottled teas have fruit flavorings in them that contain anti-oxidants. Drinking one of these bottles is the equivalent of a serving or two of vegetables.

Republic of Tea carries 14+ fruit-flavored tea with no sugar added. You can never go wrong buying tea from this company. Their tea can be found at most grocery stores. Lipton Green Tea to Go (add it to bottled water to make instant green tea).

Arizona and Snapple make good bottled teas but they are sweetened.

Honest Tea carries sweetened and flavored organic bottled teas.

Keep in mind that bottled tea has significantly less polyphenols (anti-oxidants) than brewed tea. This is because of the corn syrup and sugar that is added to the tea; it dilutes the anti-oxidants. It makes for a great thirst quencher on a hot day and is certainly better than sugary drinks but don’t completely abandon cups of hot tea in the warm weather.

Green Tea Bags

Tea bags are not as convenient as bottles but are more convenient than loose tea. It only takes a couple of minutes to heat up a cup of water and then another couple of minutes for the tea bag to brew. Used tea bags even serve a useful purpose. If you have a canker sore or cut yourself, place a used tea bag on it. Green tea is know for its anti-biotic properties.

Republic of Tea sells a variety of green tea bags; one flavor for each day of the week, in fact. Check out some of the flavors: Honey Ginseng, Orange Spice, Pineapple Ginger and more.

Loose Tea

True tea connoisseurs prefer loose tea. Loose tea has several advantages. It’s cheaper than tea bags and also requires less packaging so is easier on the environment. Used tea leaves serve many useful purposes too. From removing rust on iron pots to removing odors in the refrigerator to keeping pests away from rose bushes. There’s an almost endless use for used tea leaves.

Are you put off by loose tea because of the added preparation time? Brewing loose tea is easy. Use filtered or bottled water, if possible. The water need to be hot, to aid in the extraction of the anti-oxidants, but don’t boil the water. Boiled water will make the tea taste bitter.

Allow the tea to infuse for 2-5 minutes. The longer it infuses the more polyphenols (anti-oxidants) you’ll get.

Republic of Tea sells many different types of loose tea. Their tea is available in most grocery stores and health food stores.

If you would like the convenience of green tea shipped to your door you should try Mellow Monk’s Green Teas. I highly recommend their starter kit if you are new to green tea. They offer many flavors of tea and there is one that is sure to please your palette.

As you can see, there are healthy alternatives in all the forms of green tea. Try to incorporate green tea into your diet every day. You’ll notice the benefits immediately.

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Get more information about green tea from the Complete Guide of Green Tea. Available for immediate download.

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    December 21st, 2007 at 2:15 am

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