I love green tea and in any form of it also. Aside from the normal green tea which can be drank, there are also other ways to enjoy green tea. I have personally tried ice cream, yogurt ice cream, cheesecake and many more. Luckily, I found a green tea cafe here in Manila to enjoy the different green tea varieties. My addiction with green tea is not only because of its taste but actually because of its medicinal value it can contribute to our well being.
Green tea originated from China and has been known to cure headache and depression. It comes from the leaves of Camellia sinensis and undergoes very minimal oxidation. It’s dried instead of undergoing fermentation which is being done in black teas. Green tea has caffeine but not as strong as black tea.
I’ve made some researches over the internet and the common thing they say about green tea is that it helps prevent cancer. The fighting element against cancer is what we call as antioxidants which can be found in green tea. By drinking it everyday, it can help reduce bladder, colon, esophageal, pancreas, rectum, and stomach cancer by 60%. Also, I got information from the cancer thread in a natural health forum that it can also help prevent breast cancer.
Aside from preventing cancer, green tea is also known to lower ‘bad’ cholesterol that is why they are associated with weight loss. Green tea also increases metabolism. It can also lower blood sugar.
Another interesting fact that I learned about green tea is that it can also help prevent bad breath. It is advisable to drink a cup of green tea after dessert to kill the bacteria in the mouth.
Some of the Different types of Green Tea:
- Sencha – most popular in Japan. Its color is a bit yellowish and has a sweet and astringent taste.
- Dragonwell (or Lung Chung) – comes from West Lake in China. This is one of the most expensive green teas. This is also called the ultimate green tea. It is bright green and taste is strong.
- Macha – It is very fine and used in a traditional Japanese Ceremony. It tastes light and sweet. This is also used for desserts.
- Genmaicha – It’s not really a kind of tea. It is a combination of green tea with toasted brown rice.
The list isn’t complete yet but these are some of the common green teas that we have here in the Philippines.