Have you tried this lovely Japanese style green tea?

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I like Newby’s Jasmine Green tea but recently tried a box of Newby’s Green Sencha tea.

According to the packaging Green Sencha tea is:

carefully plucked in early Spring. The young leaves in this green tea have been steamed in traditional Japanese style, preserving their dark green colour and delicate, slightly rice-like taste.

I thought Green Sencha tea had a nice smoky flavour without any trace of bitterness.

Usually I just dip a green tea bag in and out of the cup but Green Sencha tea can stand for a minute and remain palatable.

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I still prefer Jasmine Green tea but I’ll probably buy another box of Green Sencha in a couple of months time.

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Have you tried these lovely green teas?

A couple of weeks ago I was trying to find out if green tea has any health benefits.

I’ve been drinking a lovely Jasmine green tea from Newby,

expensive at about £4 for 25 teabags, but beautifully delicate. (Occasionally on a special offer at Sainsbury for £3.)

But I’ve also started drinking Twining’s Moroccan Mint tea.

It’s a mild green tea, with a rounding of spearmint and a touch of cardamom. I really like it and it’s good at the end of dinner as a calorie free alternative to eating a whole box of chocolate mints!

Twinings are selling 20 teabags for £2.49 but it’s cheaper at the supermarket.

I’m still not sure about the health benefits of green tea.

Certainly the NHS website was making a brew with cold water but traditional Chinese medicine credits green tea with many beneficial effects. I quickly scanned through these articles and was amazed at all the claims made for green tea.

Health Benefits of Green Tea at Shen Nong

Chinese Green Tea and your health at Ping Ming Health

Chinese Tea And Health Benefits at The Chinese Tea Shop

It’s a win-win really.

Jasmine Green Tea and Moroccan Mint Green Tea are lovely, refreshing drinks. While not acknowledging any significant health benefits, UK medicine is clear that there are no harmful side-effects. If the traditional Chinese Medicine claims for the benefits of drinking green tea are true, that’s a big bonus feature!

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Does green tea have health benefits?

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Recently I’ve been drinking a lovely Jasmine Blossom Green Tea from Newbys.

The tea is quite expensive but has a lovely, delicate flavour.

For years I’ve been under the impression that green tea is beneficial to health without really knowing why so I’ve  consulted Dr Google.

The NHS choices website has an excellent analysis of the claims made for the health benefits of green tea.

The article explores a wide range of claims for the benefits of drinking green tea including:

Does drinking green tea protect you from cancer?

Can green tea aid weight loss?

Does green tea cut cholesterol?

Can green tea help prevent or delay Alzheimer’s disease?

Can green tea lower blood pressure?

Can green tea prevent tooth decay?

In concluding the article, NHS Choices refers to dietitian Alison Hornby

who says:

“In the Far East, green tea has been used as a treatment for a variety of conditions ranging from arthritis to weight loss, as well as a preventative measure for diseases such as cancer, although the evidence for the majority of these conditions is weak or lacking.

“However, as a social drink, it appears to be safe in moderate amounts, so lovers of green tea can continue to enjoy it.”

Overall, it seems that green tea won’t do any harm, might do a little bit of good but probably won’t make any difference. So, I’ll keep on enjoying my Jasmine Blossom Green Tea although I doubt that I will ever be paying £57 for 250g!

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