By Melanie A. Albert, intuitive cooking expert, author, and speaker. Founder & CEO Experience Nutrition Group, LLC
Every morning I start my day by drinking matcha or green tea. Today, I steeped a pot of Sencha tea, a mild grassy tea from Japan. Many people do not like green tea because it tastes too bitter. The key is to steep the tea with “almost” boiling water. If you boil the water and pour it on the delicate tea leaves, it burns the tea and the tea becomes bitter. I invite you to try steeping a green tea the proper way and begin to enjoy green tea.
Excerpt from A New View of Healthy Eating
Top 6 Reasons Why Green Tea is Good for You
- The antioxidant ECGC, in green tea, is an anti-inflammatory.
- Research has found that green tea benefits heart health and brain health, and helps prevent cancer.
- It is full of catechins and polyphenols, which help the brain relax and stimulate dopamine levels.
- Theanine in green tea helps improve mood and provides a sense of relaxation.
- Green tea has less caffeine than coffee.
- It tastes delicious, so enjoy a few cups every day.
5 Simple Steps to Steep the Perfect Green Tea
Take the time to try a Japanese green loose tea, such as the high-quality Gyokuro or Sencha, the most popular Japanese tea. The key is to brew your tea properly so that it is not bitter tasting.
- Put 1 teaspoon of loose tea leaves in a tea ball or 2-3 teaspoons in the teapot strainer.
- Bring a few cups of water to almost a boil.
- Pour water over the tea leaves.
- Cover the pot or cup and steep for 2-3 minutes.
- Continue steeping the tea leaves with warm water and enjoy your green tea throughout the day.
3 Popular Green Teas
Matcha: Tea of the Japanese tea ceremony
- High quality Japanese green tea is covered before picking to ac¬centuate its vibrant green color and to increase amino acids, as well as vitamins A and C.
- The tea leaves are stone-ground, so we actually eat tea leaves when we drink matcha tea and receive the full benefits of green tea.
- Intense grassy, green taste.
Gyokuro: High-quality Japanese tea
- The tea bushes are covered for two weeks prior to harvesting with nets or trellises to reduce the amount of sunlight the plants receive.
- The emerald leaf takes on a lustrous, splinter-like appearance.
- Deep, intense, rich green color and grassy, fresh taste.
Sencha: Most popular Japanese tea
- An excellent starting point for those just beginning to explore green tea.
- The splintered green leaf delivers a vegetal, yellow-green cup.
- In Japan, Sencha is served hot in the cooler months and usually chilled in the summer months.
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