Beyond the bubble milk teas popular among youngsters, there is a wealth of goodness in the traditional tea drink. What ends up in the bubble tea is already diluted, with too much milk and sugar added.
But if only young people learn the benefits of tea, they might be enticed to drink the traditional one even if it is for the reason of vanity. Bubble teas can be made by brewing different kinds of tea. It could be yellow tea, green tea, oolong, or black tea. In focus below is green tea, which is already popular on its own among professionals.
Green tea had been popular in East Asian countries for centuries. This has become part of family traditions and even has a role in important ceremonies. In China, a lady of good breeding is expected to know how to brew good tea. Over the centuries, tea drinking has spread around the world, even becoming a tradition in the United Kingdom.
What is the difference between Green Tea from the other kinds of tea?
Although they all come from the same plant, the processing of the different kinds of tea had been different. Green Tea is the only one that retains the green color of the leaves. For the green tea, the leaves, unlike black tea and the oolong, are heated before they are rolled. This stops the oxidation process and allows the leaves to retain their color. Matcha, which is very popular nowadays, is powdered green tea leaves. The tea plant is grown in the shade.
It is not the kind that determines the quality of the tea. Rather, quality depends on the part of the plant and the location where they are grown. New leaves and buds are better than old leaves. Tea grown in high altitude is better than the ones grown on lower altitudes. Other factors that affect the quality of tea is the variety of the tea plant, condition of the soil, the time it was harvested, and the weather it was harvested. Its taste is affected by the storage of the tea leaves and the length of time it was steeped.
Green tea is also high in caffeine, which is why people who don’t want to drink coffee or are looking for a healthier alternative to coffee turn to it. The taste of green tea is also much milder than black tea.
What are the health benefits of green tea?
Green tea is rich in antioxidants. These substances help slow down the damage caused by free radicals to cells. It could help fight against diseases such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis, immune deficiency, stroke, and even Parkinson’s disease. Green tea is a popular drink served in institutions that provide rheumatoid arthritis care. This kind of arthritis develops due to a defective immune system. While it is not a cure for cancer, those who have a genetic history of cancer or are already undergoing treatment are also encouraged to drink this beverage regularly.
Green tea also contains flavonoids, which makes the beverage popular for those trying to lose weight. Flavonoids are said to decrease fat absorption and aid in burning the calories consumed.
What is green tea in the beauty industry?
Green tea is not only a super drink for its health benefits. Applied to the skin, it also creates wonders. It is considered among the best natural detoxifiers that are why it can be found in beauty products that are intended to address skin impurities. If you look at top brands for acne treatment you would find green tea. Green tea is also used to prevent aging, treat skin discoloration, and minimize fine lines. Teabags are popular eye masks to reduce the puffiness of the eyes after a night of no sleep or after crying.
You can maximize used tea bags in DIY face scrubs. Add a teaspoon of honey to the used leaves. Massage it to your face and leave for a few minutes. Your skin will feel fresher and tighter afterward. Green tea can also be used to cool sunburnt skin. Simply dab at your skin with a cloth. As green tea is known for hair growth, you could also use it in a hair mask. Mix it with honey and coconut oil, massage onto your scalp, and wait for at least thirty minutes before rinsing off.
Drinking tea is an acquired taste. But it is pretty much like drinking coffee. At first, the bitterness turns a lot of people off but when they learn the benefits of coffee, the bitterness becomes tolerable. It becomes a sought-after taste.