The Story of Green Tea
Tea has been consumed in China since before the 13th century BC and is still enjoyed today. A book that was written between 600 and 900 AD spoke about tea and how people enjoyed drinking it daily. Fast forward to the year 1211 and a Zen Priest wrote ‘The Book of Tea’ and described how drinking green tea could benefit our vital organs.
Since 1211, many books have been written about green tea and how it can benefit the body. Some of these books go into great detail about the history of tea and how since its discovery the popularity of the tea has spread across the world.
When All Tea Was Green
All tea was once green, in fact, it was green for hundreds of years. The leaves of the camellia sinensis plant were added to hot water and steeped until much of the flavour had come out of the leaves and into the water. These days many different types of teas tend to undergo oxidation which makes them turn their respective colours. However, green tea is still the most purest form of tea and although there are many different versions of the very same tea leaf, green tea is enjoyed today as much as it was thousands of years ago.
Discovering Different Green Teas
We’re going to rewind history a little bit and learn about the discovery of different types of green tea. When new teas were discovered, probably when someone was brave enough to steep a few leaves in some hot water, they were introduced into society. People were still learning about the benefits of green tea and were interested to see what these new varieties could do.
Throughout the years more green teas were introduced and the Japanese started to offer more formal ways of enjoying tea and began creating tea ceremonies that are still carried out to this day.
Spreading Throughout the Globe
Over time, green tea was spread throughout the globe, no doubt by Japanese and Chinese merchants who were keen to sell their wares to those in foreign lands. Visitors to Japan and China undoubtedly took some tea home with them so they could sell it on or enjoy it themselves.
While the western world has not yet developed a huge love of green teas, those who enjoy the teas are helping to spread the word. We in the western world are finding out for ourselves how beneficial green tea is, even though it has been enjoyed in the east for thousands of years.
The Benefits of Green Tea
Green tea contains many benefits thanks to the nutrients and antioxidants it contains. Tea contains polyphenols (Naturally occurring chemicals) that give the tea its colour. Polyphenols can help to reduce inflammation and they are even thought to fight cancer too.
Catechins are found in polyphenols and are completely natural antioxidants that can help to prevent damage to cells.
Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) is green tea’s most powerful compound and studies have shown that it can help to treat or have an effect on a variety of conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
Green tea is also thought to help with weight loss as it contains very few or no calories and when drunk in place of sugary drinks it can help you to shift a few pounds.
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Adding Flavour to Green Tea
Some people are happy to drink green tea just as it is whereas others prefer to add a bit of flavour. Mint, lemon or honey can be added to get rid of the bitter taste and make the tea more palatable.
Green tea has been around for thousands of years and although we in the west are still discovering how good it is, it looks as though we’ll all be drinking this miracle tea for many years to come.