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Monday, April 8, 2013

A Modern Take on the Tea Bag - New Shapes and Styles Make For a Better Brewing Experience

Have you noticed a change in the shape and style of your tea bag recently? Gone are the single or double chamber rectangular tea bag of old, stapled closed, with a string and paper tag. Today there are square cushions or pillows, round pods, foil tubes, and transparent gauze pyramids.

Tea bags are undoubtedly the preferred method of tea brewing, with 98% in the U.S., 96% in the U.K., and a large number worldwide using a tea bag to prepare their morning cuppa tea.

It used to be that most bagged tea was made from lower quality blends of CTC (cut-tear-curl) teas, with the consideration more for price than quality. But today more and more companies are packaging their specialty and gourmet teas in tea bags.

When packaging tea there's a lot to take into consideration to meet the demands of and satisfy the consumer. Thought has to be put into not only the shape and style of the tea bag, but also the types of material used, and the production process itself.

Why Should You Drink Oolong Tea?

Oolong tea is an ancient form of Chinese tea that is produced through a very unique process that involves withering the tea leaves under the rays of the sun, oxidation, curling and twisting it. This process is applicable for these tea leaves and for some selected variants in it. The range of oxidation of this tea varies from 8 percent to 85 percent. But again it depends on different varieties and categories. The flavor is slightly darker and richer as the leaves undergo a partial process of photosynthesis.

Usually this Oolong tea would resemble like a small ball of green color that unfurl during infusing with hot water. These leaves were grown in the Wu Yi Mountains of China and also Tie Guan province of Southern Fiji. Taiwan also is a leading producer of this tea especially the most fragrant dong ding and Pouchong varieties. These are very expensive types of this tea that are very popular among tea lovers. India, Vietnam and Darjeeling are also known for its tea leaves.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Green Tea - The Healthy Diet To Lose Weight Fast

Nowadays, green tea diet is being followed by most of the people around the world as it is considered as the healthy diet to lose weight fast. Green tea is known to have originated from China and it is prepared by steaming fresh tea leaves. It is very rich in poly phenols when compared to black tea. Since this tea has high poly phenol contents, it has a great medicinal value, it is known to normalize blood pressure and it is known to fight cancer cells as well. The tea contains a little amount of caffeine as compared to other forms of tea and this level of caffeine will be helpful in keeping people alert. Since it is prepared by steaming process, the anti-oxidants are preserved that are helpful for human body to fight free radicals. The free radicals are known to harmful effects in the human body and it is known to cause several diseases and aging. The tea is also known to contain polycatechin polyphenols, which is helpful in avoiding body ailments and so people using green tea can stay fit and healthy.

Researchers have found that the consumption of this drink can increase the energy expenditure of the body with the help of which people can lose up to 10 pounds of their weight for a month. So, it will be very useful for obese people to lose their weight easily and to stay healthy.

Friday, July 20, 2012

About Kombucha Tea and Fraudulent Kombucha Products

An effervescent, fizzy drink, Kombucha Tea serves as a functional food, meaning it helps promote certain health benefits or prevents certain diseases from occurring. Unfortunately, like any good health product, there are greedy individuals out there looking to prey on people with health concerns. These greedy individuals and companies provide other forms of Kombucha that simply do not work and are marketed as the cheaper, and unbelievably, more convenient option over brewing Kombucha Tea the traditional way. Some of these products aren't even cheap but are marketed on the supposed convenience option targeting people ignorant about Kombucha so that they end up paying higher prices.

Only in the recent years has Kombucha Tea started to be bottled commercially and by most, including this author, it is considered to be a good product. However, the commercially bottled tea often sells upwards to four dollars, per bottle! This is eight times the cost of what it would cost for you to easily home brew this remarkable beverage; as has traditionally been done for thousands of years.

Commercially bottled unpasteurized Kombucha is often more carbonated and that is not a health benefit. Further still, if bottled and stored too long before being sold the raw tea often tastes too sour or acidic because the living pro-biotic bacteria and yeast of Kombucha continue the fermentation of the tea even in the bottle. The longer it is left to ferment the sourer or acidic it becomes. Some commercial brewers of Kombucha will sell a pasteurized tea to overcome this problem but once pasteurized most pro-biotic benefits to drinking the tea are destroyed.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Green Tea Extract - Are Supplements As Healthy As Actually Drinking Green Tea?

Green tea has become hugely popular in recent years as a health product, promoted for purposes like weight loss, cancer prevention, skin health, and numerous other uses. Some of these uses have been backed by science, but others of them remain shaky, and green tea is ofter over-hyped as a medicinal product. Owing to the popularity of this beverage, many companies have begun to market green tea extracts, concentrated herbal supplements, usually in the form of pills, which supposedly offer the same "health benefits" as the drink itself.

In this article, I will explore whether or not I personally believe these extracts and supplements to be as healthy as the drink itself. I will conclude that they are not as healthy as drinking tea, and that drinking tea provides compelling health benefits that extracts and supplements cannot provide.

Tea varies widely in quality:
Green tea has a huge range of quality, ranging from broken-leaf tea and fannings and dust, which is often left over after the production of higher grades of tea, to whole-leaf tea. The higher-quality products tend to taste better, being fresher, more aromatic, and often less bitter and astringent, and they tend to look better, and of course, they fetch a higher price on the marketplace.
Although not always true, higher-quality green teas are often lower in contaminants such as pesticides, heavy metals, and other pollutants. Many of these contaminants can be harmful to health, ranging from mildly harmful to outright toxic. Although extreme cases of contamination are rare, as a general rule, I believe it to be much safer to buy high-quality tea. Organic certification is not enough--the quality itself is also very important as some products are produced using the bare minimum standards for organic certification, whereas other products may not be organic certified, but may still be higher in quality.

When you cannot taste the tea, you cannot assess quality:

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Benefits of Drinking Chai Tea

Drinking tea is a favorite pastime of many people from all across the world. Many tea lovers even go the whole hog and brew their favorite tea right from within the comfort of their homes.

If you have ever wondered why tea drinking holds such a special appeal for so many people, well, this article will bring to light some of the major benefits inherent in drinking chai tea.

To do justice to this topic, we shall look at the key ingredients of chai tea alongside their concomitant benefits.

(a) Black Tea - One of the major ingredients of chai is Black tea (Camelia sinensis). Black tea possesses antioxidant properties which it derives from its polyphenol content.

These antioxidants have the ability to scavenge and destroy free radicals found within living tissues and as a result, the antioxidants help to limit all forms of oxidative damage done to the human cells.

The health/medical implication of this property of black tea is that it reduces the visible effects of aging and reduces the risks of cancerous cells forming in the body. The fact that there are fewer incidents of cancer found in tea drinkers than in non-tea drinkers is a clear testament to this fact.

(b) Ginger - The origin of chai tea is steeped in Ayurvedic medicine and thus, traditional chai is replete with many roots, herbs and spices from which chai tea derives and confers even more benefits to tea drinkers.

The ginger component of chai tea has been used to treatment of nausea in expectant mothers experiencing bouts of morning sickness. It is equally effective as a stimulant.

(c) Cloves - The cloves used in chai has been used for pain relief for centuries in ancient China till this day. Drinking tea confers this benefit on all tea drinkers.

(d) Cinnamon - Cinnamon is another indispensable component of chai tea. It is believed to be a stimulant with the ability to increase one's level of mental alertness and reduce tiredness. It has also been proven to alleviate the symptoms of flatulence and other digestive disorders.

(e) Cardamom - This herbal spice, just like cinnamon, has a calming and soothing effect on the stomach.

(f) Chai contains decent amounts of prophylactic agents such as fluoride. Fluoride is commonly used in toothpastes and prevents the formation of cavities in the teeth.

These are just a few of the benefits of drinking tea. So, if you are not in the habit of drinking tea, make it a top priority to start today.

Your health will thank you for it.

Tunde Edwards runs a chai tea recipe site that teaches tea lovers how to make homemade chai tea. For more indian chai and cinnamon tea recipes, visit his site to get free masala chai recipe

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

How To Diet: Avoid Added Sugar, And You Will Lose Weight, You Will Lose All The Weight You Want To



There's been a great deal of fuss about the "evils" of dietary sugar. We're told to avoid sugar, and at the same time, we're told to eat fruits...which also contain sugar. What's the difference? How can one sugar be good for you and the other be so bad?

Simple sugars (also called simple carbohydrates) are found in fruits... and in cookies, pastries, candy, soda, and all of the other food items we're told to avoid. (There are differences involving various types of sugars...sucrose, fructose, galactose...but these are of a chemical nature and not basically relevant to this discussion).

The problem with the "candy" versus fruit sugar is mostly a matter of the vehicle it arrives in.

In the case of fruit, the sugar comes to you in...fruit. It comes with fiber and vitamins and minerals as co-passengers. Further, you know exactly what you're getting...a banana is a banana; a strawberry is a strawberry (unless it's drowned in chocolate...then it's something else)!

The sugar that you get in candy, on the other hand, always arrives in a limo along with its own co-passengers...fat, additives, cholesterol, trans-fats, hydrogenated oils. There are no nutrients in sugar, which is why the calories are called "empty". Therefore, when it comes to sugar you have to choose whether you want your empty calories in a vehicle that has many assets or one which brings few benefits and many tag-alongs.

Both kinds of sugar have calories, and if you consume too many calories from any source, you will gain weight because the extra calories are stored as fat. However, it is the "bad" sugar, rather than the "good" variety, that has been most frequently implicated in the obesity epidemic. This is most likely because "candy-cookie- pastry" sugar is so readily available, the portion sizes are usually pre-packaged and excessive, and they are so good and it's so easy to eat too much. (When is the last time you've made yourself sick eating apples)?

The most practical and effective way to lose weight is by eating a portion-controlled, balanced diet, eliminating foods with added sugar, and engaging in a modest exercise program. Don't eliminate fruit from your diet. The FDA recommends a minimum of two to four servings of fruit per day.

Last time I checked they had not yet recommended a daily need for Gummy Bears or Chunky Charlie Champion Chocolate Chunks!

Added sugar is a real killer of any diet!

by Sue Bristol, R.N.

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