Green tea on its own is definitely something that seems to take a little time to get used to. I’ve been given it to try for a few weeks, and I’ve used it for just over a week now, and said I’d report back on it.
teapigs calls their 100% organic green tea leaves that are ground to a fine powder, Matcha. They say it has 15 times the health benefits of regular green tea. As a frequent green tea with lemon drinker, I thought this would be one for me to try.
One serving contains 6 times more antioxidants than goji berries, 70 times more than orange juice and 9 times the beta carotene of spinach. The science boils down to claims of raising energy levels while keeping us calm and focused, which is apparently why it’s drunk by Buddhist monks to help them with their meditation. It is also said to boost metabolism and burn fat.
I have to say that on the first couple of uses, I found it quite difficult to take. The green powder is very fine and if we’re drinking it as a tea, it is better whisked up so that all the powder is absorbed. It can also be baked into food or sprinkled over porridge, or even added to orange juice, yoghurt or smoothies.
I made the mistake at my first try, of just drinking it straight as it was made with hot water. I didn’t find that easy, so I tried the other ways to use it. The taste seemed to be hidden well in yoghurt, so that has become my vehicle of choice to take my daily dose of powder.
I’m not quite sure if the benefits from drinking Matcha are because I’ve read the literature and been convinced, or whether it really is doing me some good. I think that only time will tell with that one, but after a few days, I certainly didn’t feel as bone weary and exhausted as usual by the end of the weekend that has just gone past.
For that alone, I’ve convinced to keep on with it as I want to know if it continues to improve my daily well-being and I certainly could use to lose more than just a few pounds. There are some celebrities trying it out too, like Lisa Snowden and Rebecca Adlington, so I’m looking forward to see how we all get on with it.
So, for me, it’s keep going and see where it takes me.
I think we all have to make up our own minds with this type of product and only personal experience can help us decide if it’s right for us or not.
I would say that if you buy some, make sure you take it slow when you pull the ring that opens the container as the powder is very fine indeed and is easily shaken up. The picture does not do the colour of this tea justice as the powder really is a beautiful shade of green.
4 thoughts on “Review: Benefits Of Green Tea”
Wow, what an interesting post –
I love teapigs tea bags – they have the best flavours, and some of the most interesting ones too –
will have to try this – I’d agree that green tea generally is something that takes a while to get used to, but I’m hooked!
Good luck with it Emma, thanks for commenting. It will be an easy choice for you if you already like Teapigs. 🙂
Hi Deena, thanks for the comment. They recommend that half a teaspoon a day is enough, which is a tiny amount out of the jar a day so my little jar will last a fair while.
I like the idea of the Matcha ice cream at the bottom of this page.
I’ve tried it with apple juice but it wasn’t for me. I suspect other juices that are naturally sweeter might be better. I think it’s all about our individual taste buds.
Goodness that’s very interesting stuff about just how potent the antioxidant properties are. Do they suggest a daily recommended amount or for a single drink? Have you tried mixing fruit juice into it? X