I don't know where the ginseng idea comes from, unless it's in some pre-mixed tea blend. Ginseng is a whole 'nuther plant, and is bad news for anyone on blood thinners.
I love the whole gunpowder leaves, which I buy in the bulk foods section at Fred Meyer (aka Kroger). I'll make a strong batch, strain it, and keep it in the fridge, diluting it as I use it. Sometimes I boil up a few slices of fresh ginger, then brew the tea in the ginger water. Ginger is good for upset tummies.
I work at Starbucks, so have gotten hooked on the iced Zen and the Green Ginger teas.
I "cheat" and count my green tea in with my total water count!
I drank diet Lipton green tea 2 or 3 bottles a day.
I think after seating on the self it loses the good for you stuff. I will start with tea bags if that is better.
2/15/2008 7:39:40 AM
I drink green tea every single day but I buy the gunpowder one right from the Asian market. There is no ginseng in it so it's fine for people with high blood pressure. I'd never drink the instant kind. Once you have experienced brewing the leaves, you'll never go to instant or even bags. I drink about 4 pots per day. I love it so much.
I like to brew up a whole pitcher of green tea and keep it in my refrigerator. I just pop some in the microwave and then I sweeten it with some Splenda and splash some lemon juice in it. I've read up on studies of lemon juice and they say it has an effect on helping the digestion more.
I've noticed that if I drink some after a meal, I'm losing more weight. If I splurge one night with some dessert, I drink my tea to help get it out faster!
My favorite variety of green tea is genmaicha - it has toasted rice in the tea, which gives the tea a yummy toasty taste that I like a lot better than just straight green tea. You can buy it loose at health food stores or in bags - Eden Organic makes one in bags. If you have a hard time drinking green tea, try genmaicha!
I would think that fresh brewed green tea, straight from a tea bag would be much healthier than bottled or powdered green tea. Foods and beverages are always better for you when they are fresh.
1/6/2008 8:25:27 PM
Hi there, as a green tea conissieur, there is no benefits to instant green tea, its like drinking regular iced tea and lacks taste, the best out there, drum rollllllll AZ Green tea, absolutely the best. The herbal teas are great for what ails you, like colds and the flu.
Note: If you have high blood pressure you should not drink green tea, the ginseng will counter your blood pressure medicine, and won't help you medically.
11/27/2007 8:21:05 PM
I wonder if Lipton's bottled version of green tea has the same amount of antioxidants? It's pretty good, and comes in a diet variety too.
11/26/2007 11:07:23 AM
I tried oolong tea one time and I had a reaction to the loads of caffeine it had. I'm now drinking herbal green (decaffinated) tea.
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