I love drinking Green tea and was wondering how many other people like it too and how much they drink a day. I like drinking loose leaf Japanese and Chinese Green Tea, matcha, and tea bags and drink between 3-5 cups a day.
As an agricultural product, I've found the taste to vary widely by variety and even season to season. You can become a serious tea afficianado if you have the inclination and the money. Most of the time I just have organic green or white tea that comes in bags from the supermarket but I do have some more rare teas. I like to go to the markets that serve asian immigrants and pick stuff at random just for fun.
I like Chinese green tea, the flavor is more bold/stronger.
Japanese green tea usually have a rice like taste to it. You can always have the option of buying with or without. Either way, it is too light for me.
Speaking of rare teas, I have seen the ones costing more than 50.00 a pound O_O
I try to get a minimum of 3 cups a day.
I enjoy my black tea most mornings. Chamomile before bed on occasion.
I read an article where some epidemiologists were trying to figure out why the British (who drink lots of tea) didn't have the same health benefits of asian populations who drink lots of tea.
It turns out that the British usually add a little milk to their tea and the casein from the milk binds to the polyphonols preventing them from exerting their beneficial effects. Something to think about when timing your tea around your protein drinks.
Usually a couple cups of Green Tea, and a couple of Cups of White Tea a day.
Prefer the white tea.
Id look to another explanation as well....the Japanese (and a good amount of chinese) take in a very high amount of iodine. Green tea has significant amounts of fluorine, which is not good for the CNS and especially for the thyroid and anywhere that iodine binds. So, the japanese take care of the fluorine by flushing it out with iodine...as we should. Ive since stopped drinking green tea due to the high fluorine content (i have in the past year suffered serious CNS issues and am now hypothyroid/hypoadrenal). But I will soon add it back in once I am not so damn iodine deficient.
Lesson to learn, if you drink green tea, take some iodine with it. Otherwise you might become iodine deficient and have thyroid and the 'bad estrogen metabolites' (2/16) issues. Pick up a bottle of Lugol's solution and add a a few drops to your water.
the only negative things i try to avoid while drinking green tea is never drinking it scalding hot or cold, not drinking on an empty stomach, not mixing with alcohol or meds, and not drinking too much as it will cause caffeine intolerance and mineral overdose.
Agree with Scottyo on the iodine thing. Took green tea extract for 1-2 years and ended up with high TSH probably because of the flouride. Caught it early, now take Lugol's and have high normal free t4 levels and waaaay better mood and energy levels.
I drink red tea/Roiboos every night as it relaxes me and is even higher than green tea in antioxidants...and no flouride issues that I know of. I'd take a kilo of L-Theanine a day if I could afford to. lol
Roibos tastes great if you get the right blend. Got mine bulk from Mountain Rose..very smooth, slightly sweet. I haven't heard of any ecgc-like fatburning properties.
the other teas i've tried (black, oolong, white, and some flavored) didn't taste very good to me, green tea is the only thing that does it for me. Relaxes, healthier state of mind, benefits, and above all taste.