“ Brand: Qi / Type: Green Tea / Food quality: Organic food „
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Green tea originates from China and is currently gaining popularity in the West due to it's hugely beneficial health properties. I usually drink black tea prepared with sugar and milk, and can be quite fussy about flavoured or herbal teas as they don't feel like a proper cup of tea in my opinion! I have seen green tea mentioned time and time again through magazine articles, news reports and word of mouth from friends. I started incorporating green tea into my daily routine recently, and my lovely other half picked me up this fancy organic green tea with lemon. It can be purchased from most health food shops and is available from many online retailers, where costs vary between £1.50 - £2.00 for a box of 25 tea bags.
Product description: "Qi (Chi) is the natural energy of life. Balance and harmony in nature, body and mind. Refreshing organic lemon green tea. Rich in antioxidants, Qi Organic Lemon Green Tea is a refreshing, natural tea blend which is 100% organic. The careful blend of green tea, lemon grass and lime leaves gives this tea a tangy lemon taste. All Qi Organic tea is bought under Fairtrade terms."
The tea bags come in a cardboard box, and are individually sealed within paper wrappers. They are the ordinary flat square shaped tea bags, and contain green tea leaves instead of black. There is a string and tab attached for you to pull the bag out once it's finished brewing. The individual wrappers can be convenient, for example if I want to pop a tea bag in my lunch bag to take into work then the tea bag is protected from tearing or getting damp. However I do believe that the excessive packaging is a bit unnecessary and would be happier if the tea bags were just loose within the box.
Green tea is prepared in a slightly different way and it's important to make sure you read the guidelines before carrying on and getting it wrong! (I have made this mistake before.)
Making your perfect cup of Green Tea:
1. Use one tea bag per person per cup.
2. Boil freshly drawn cold water and pour the water the moment it boils.
3. Infuse for about 3 minutes according to your personal taste.
4. To sweeten add sugar or honey to taste.
5. Serve without milk.
I find it odd to drink tea without milk, but obviously different tea requires different extras. I think that this green tea tastes quite different to black tea, with a more bitter taste that definitely requires some sort of sweetener to bring out the flavour and make it more enjoyable to drink. It has a natural herbal sort of flavour, and the addition of lemon adds a nice tangy citrus kick. I do add sugar to this tea to balance the bitter taste, and this helps to stop it from feeling like a Lemsip drink rather than a nice cup of tea! It is quick and easy to prepare as it does not require milk. This would also make it great for taking away or travelling, as you can just pack the dry tea bags and some packets of sugar and sweetener then you are able to enjoy a hot cup of tea without the worry of tracking down and obtaining milk as well!
The first time I drank a cup of green tea I didn't like it. I think this may have been an ingrained response to trying something new and I had persuaded myself I wouldn't really like the taste before I had even tried it. After a few more cups I grew to really enjoy the flavour and I now drink it frequently and try to replace regular tea for green tea now. This feels like a really easy way to make a healthy change to your diet. The lemon flavour gives this a fresh edge that is different from plain green tea and quite refreshing.
As well as tasting good and being easy to prepare, it's really awfully good for you. The antioxidant level of green tea is a hundred times more effective than vitamin C and twenty-five times better than vitamin E in protecting our immune systems. Antioxidants help reduce the level of damage inflicted by free radicals which damage your body's cells and cause ageing. Green tea also acts as an antiviral agent. It contains the mineral fluoride that prevents cavities as well as strengthens tooth enamel. This is an ingredient in toothpaste, and some people even recommend using green tea as a mouth wash for improved dental hygiene.
Wikipedia states "Over the last few decades green tea has been subjected to many scientific and medical studies to determine the extent of its long-purported health benefits, with some evidence suggesting that regular green tea drinkers have lower chances of heart disease and developing certain types of cancer. Although there is no scientific evidence that plain green tea can produce weight loss, a green tea extract rich in polyphenols and caffeine has been shown to be useful for "obesity management", since it induces thermogenesis and stimulates fat oxidation."
You really can't go wrong with all these positive results! It is so easy to incorporate into your daily lifestyle. It is recommended to drink two cups of green tea a day, and this is an achievable goal that will really help your body and improve your health. The tea is produced to Fair Trade standards, so you can rest assured knowing you will have a positive impact on others as well.
These organic tea bags are fairly priced but the bitter taste is not fully to my liking. I feel that by having to add 2 spoons of sugar before drinking I am probably reducing the benefits I could gain from drinking green tea in the first place. I would recommend them if you don't have too much of a sweet tooth, as they are a quality item. If you are wanting to lead a healthier lifestyle then this is a cheap, quick and easy change that is realistic to maintain and simply to fit into your day-to-day routine. Ideally I'd give this product a 3.5 star rating, but I'm stuck with either 3 or 4 stars to choose from. I went for 4 as this is a good product and there is nothing overly wrong with it, I just happen to prefer other brands that have less of a bitter aftertaste.