Kristie Leong M.D. is a family practitioner who believes in the power of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle to prevent and fight illness.
Would you like a healthy alternative to your coffee routine? How about brewing a cup of delicious green tea? Not only will you enjoy the distinctive taste of this healthful drink, but you’ll also benefit from the powerful antioxidants in this tasty and refreshing alternative to other sugar-sweetened beverages.
Health Benefits of Green Tea
Why choose green tea? Studies show it may have health benefits, including improved cardiovascular health, reduced risk of cancer, and improved cognitive function. Additionally, some studies show the catechin antioxidants in green tea boost metabolism and boost fat burning.
Plus, these same green tea components may have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer properties. Most studies showing this have been carried out in lab and animal models. It is therefore necessary to conduct more human research on green tea's benefits.
Green Tea Offers a Mood Boost
Nevertheless, savoring a glass of green tea can be an uplifting experience! Why not enjoy a cup of green tea with your morning breakfast or as a mid-morning pick-me-up?
Brew a fresh pot of green tea to enjoy throughout your busy day, and you'll reap both the taste and health benefits of this delicious beverage.
Brewing the Best-Tasting and Healthiest Cup of Green Tea
Brewing green tea doesn’t have to be a time-consuming or complicated process. Here are some guidelines for brewing green tea to maximize its health benefits as well as taste:
- For maximum taste and green tea health benefits, brew your tea using loose green tea leaves. You'll get a higher quality cup of green tea and maximum antioxidant content.
- If you use a green tea bag, keep the bag in motion during the steeping process to maximize the release of heart-healthy antioxidants.
- If you use tea bags, give your tea bag maximum room to move during the steeping process. A large ceramic or glass container will work well. Avoid any container where the tea bag is enclosed in a small space.
- If you want maximum flavor and antioxidant content, use a ratio of one teaspoon of loose green tea for each 6-8 ounces cup of tea.
- To get a superior taste to your green tea, optimize the water temperature. For best results, it should be between 175 and 180 F. degrees when you add the green tea leaves. You can achieve this by boiling the water and turning down the heat and allowing the teapot to cool for 5 minutes before pouring the water over the leaves. Never pour boiling water over green tea leaves!
- Steeping times are shorter with green teas than with black teas. Steep green tea for no longer than 2-3 minutes to keep the tea from developing a bitter or excessively strong taste.
Make a Cup of Decaffeinated Tea at Home
Does caffeine make you anxious? It's quite easy to naturally decaffeinate your green tea in your kitchen. First, boil your water to a temperature of around 180 degrees. Pour it over your green tea leaves as you normally would. Allow it to steep for 30 seconds and discard the water.
The water you discard should contain most of the caffeine. You can now add more hot water and steep it in the normal manner. Your green tea should be between 80 and 85 percent caffeine free.
Enjoy Your Best Cup of Green Tea
Now that you know the secrets of brewing green tea at home, make this healthy drink a part of your daily ritual. It’s a great alternative to coffee and soft drinks!
Green tea is lower in calories and sugar, and higher in antioxidants and other nutrients than soft drinks. Choosing between green tea and soft drinks is an easy choice for your health. Now you know how to make it taste great too!
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.