Green Tea, for health and beauty
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We've all heard the benefits of green tea, and most of us probably drink a good deal of it. So I'm curious--
Which benefits have you seen in your own life, and/or that you actively use green tea to achieve?
I notice that my teeth look better when I'm drinking a lot of green tea. It won't ever turn them white, but getting rid of all that tartar and plaque is more than worth it.
None. It's a drink much like any other, less sugar than some but more taste than water.
I very very much doubt green tea is doing anything at all (that black teat wouldn't also do) against tartar and plaque, unless you happen to drink one green without sugar, and black with. I'll grant that green tea is likely to lead to less superficial staining, but that's all.
I'll second that. But it tastes good. If the amount of tea you drink replaces a similar amount of beer/wine/... it might also have a beneficial effect on your health.
Well, I'm drinking alot of tea,green as well, but have noticed nothing significant yet
I love green tea! I've noticed that drinking green tea after a meal eliminates the need for a breath mint which I consider a very serious perk. I've also noticed that when I feel like I'm starting to come down with a cold, if I start drinking as much green tea as I can stomach, the cold doesn't hit me so hard and it doesn't last longer than a week. Tea is supposed to have anti-viral qualities so I suppose this would work for black tea as well.
Incidently, if you're looking for a book about green tea, I can highly recommend New Tastes in Green Tea by Mutsuko Tokunaga. It gives a full discription of all the different varieties of green tea, their properties, and the processes used to make them. Most of the recipes sound a bit odd, but some are really good. The "Matcha Latte" and the "Sencha with Vodka and Lime" are both delicious, and I'm looking forward to trying the "Green Tea Pilaf Rolls."
For the most part I'm not a fan of green tea, though I do like jasmine and genmaicha from time to time.
And I'm tired of hearing about the health benefits of tea! I drank tea before it was healthy. As a Type I diabetic who avoids a lot of indulgences, let me keep caffeine as my remaining vice!
Being a Southerner, I grew up with dark tea loaded with sugar. So, as I came to enjoy the more delicate taste of green tea years back, I suppose that since I don't usually sweeten it, that is a health benefit. But I still order the syrupy old standby at restaurants with a meal, so it is probably a wash!
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