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I am not a tea drinker at all, my mum tried and tried to get me to like it when I lived at home but there was no convincing me. But I have recently been on a diet and was finding it very hard, I was eating far less but still hardly loosing any weight. This is when I read that Green Tea is thought to help speed up your metabolism and help with weight loss, so thought I would give it a try. As I don't like the taste of normal tea and had heard that Green Tea is quite strong tasting I thought I'd opt for one with a flavouring so I purchased a few in the Twinings range with one being the Green Tea with Lemon.
I purchased a box of the Twinings Green Tea with Lemon from my local Tesco store where they were on a special offer of two boxes for £2.00. Each box contains 20 tea bags so works out at just 5p per cup at the offer price.
Green tea comes from China and has become quite popular here in recent years. There has been research to suggest that Green Tea can help to reduce the risk of cancer, lower cholesterol, prevent tooth decay and help with weight loss. Obviously there is no definite proof of these but for me I thought it was worth a try to help with my weight loss goal so I have been trying to drink around 5 cups a day for the last three weeks. So far the weeks that I have been drinking the green tea and sticking to 1200 calories per day as I was in the weeks before I have had an increased weight loss. On the weeks before I began to drink the Green Tea I was loosing 1lb per week but have lost 2lb per week since drinking the Green Tea. I know I cannot put my extra weight loss completely down to the tea but I am certainly going to stick to it especially if the health benefits are also meant to be as good as they say.
The Twinings Green Tea with lemon comes in bags and looks just the same as a ordinary tea bag. To make the tea you simply add a bag to a cup/mug and fill with boiling water and leave for 1-2 minutes. It states on the box not to leave the tea bag in for more than 2 minutes as it can mean loosing the delicate flavour. When the water is added you can smell the Lemon straight away and it smells fresh and inviting. You need to remember not to add milk to this tea as milk does not go with Green Tea you simply drink it as it is.
The taste of this tea is quite delicate and fresh, you can taste the Lemon flavour and it think this takes away the harshness of the green tea. Although I do not like ordinary tea I have got used to drinking this and find it to be quite pleasant. I do drink the tea just as it is but you could add some extra lemon juice or a little honey to make it a little more flavoursome or sweet but I find the more I have drank the more accustomed to it I am becoming. This tea does contain caffeine and I do find that since drinking it I have felt more alert but obviously don't go drinking too much of this before bed as it may keep you awake.
Overall I am getting used to drinking this tea as part of my daily drinks and am really starting to like it. Even after I have reached my goal weight I am going to continue to drink this tea as the health benefits may just be speculation but to me its worth a try.
I make sure I drink at least one cup of green tea a day. I have tried and tested many different brands and concoctions. Some have been favorable and others absolutely awful. If you are new to this green tea lark, then on its own it can have a very strong taste and an pungent smell. So why drink something that can taste so dreadful?
Well green tea is claimed to be a fantastic antioxidant, "which can help protect the body from damage caused by free radicals". It also boosts your metabolism which speeds up digestion. Some have argued their weight loss is due to drinking numerous cups of green tea everyday (if only dieting were so simple!).
Green tea was discovered in China thousands of years ago. It was only introduced to the Western world recently and has now become extremely popular. However, with the strong taste you need to have a selective palate, so many brands have introduced green tea with another, more pleasant flavour.
Twinings Green Tea and Lemon comes in a 40g green box. Inside the box are 20 individual tea bags. I was surprised when I opened the box as I was expecting individually sealed bags with tags, but was greeted by 20 untagged teabag's. I found this either very old fashioned or a method of cost cutting. The teabag's looked as if they came from the 1980's!
Twinings use all natural ingredients, but they are not organic. One cup of green tea has only one calorie, so you can see how beneficial it is, but water is just as refreshing and free!
Now to the drink itself. You can brew your green tea for approximately two minutes, in boiling water. If you find it too strong, I would suggest try one minute initially. The first thing I noticed about this drink was the lovely lemony smell, it really was inviting. Now here is a huge point, do NOT add milk to your green tea, never, the two do not go!
Green tea and Lemon is a very pleasant drink (for a seasoned green tea drinker). The taste of lemon takes away the strong green tea flavour. It is very zesty and can be drank hot or cold. I will definitely be buying this blend again, as I enjoyed the tea right down to my last sip. With usual green tea, the last sip never seems to come!
So, if you are a novice to green tea, make sure you try it with another flavour added, like lemon or honey. It is a required taste, but I have got use to it, and hope it is doing me some good.
Determined not to be deterred from green tea following my trying the Twinings Green Tea (as it comes) product, I gave this one a go, hoping the addition of the lemon flavour woud make amends. I was keen to try this as my wife likes drinking green tea for its remedial properties.
Green tea is rumoured to be highly remedial, with scientists claiming all manner of benefits, including a better immune system, healthier digestive system, reduction of plaque in the mouth, and aiding blood pressure to retain normality. It's also a healthier option than constantly drinking caffeinated drinks all day long as I am known to do from time to time.
Twinings are a respectd company, having had a multitude of years at the top of the herbal tea list, and it is no surprise to me, as I have tried a number of their products and liked them. Their Green Tea wasn't a hit with me, as the taste I found quite revolting, but the Green Tea with Lemon was a lot better. The lemon seemed to counteract the bitterness of the Green Tea, which seemed surprising seeing how lemon is bitter anyway.
I wouldn't say I loved the taste of this drink, but it was a lot better than the Twinings Green Tea on its own, and still retained the herbal and remedial properties it boasts. I shall have this from time to time, but perhaps not on a regular basis, and consider it a worthy substitute for Green tea on its own. A packet of about 40 bags of this will set you back around £1 to £1.20 from a health food shop or supermarket depending on where you go.
I drink Green Tea because it's good for me. In fact, scientists often claim it can decrease the risk of certain cancers, decrease plaque build up in the mouth, increase metabolism for weight loss, help with arthritis, lower cholesterol, and have many other health related benefits.
The problem is, it doesn't taste very nice - well, not to me anyway. It's not horrible, but I don't find it completely pleasant. And this is where Twinings Green Tea with Lemon comes in. My theory is that the lemon flavour will take the edge off the green tea flavour. It kind of works, but it's like any fruit tea - you put the tea bag in the cup, and as the boiling water hits the tea bag, the most amazing aroma is produced - you fool yourself into thinking you're going to taste a wonderfully fruity concoction - but you never do. In reality you taste mildly flavoured water.
Anyway, the end result is that I can enjoy green tea a bit more than I did before.
An important aspect of green tea is the way that the leaves are processed. Green tea is the least processed of all teas and thus provides a natural source of antioxidants, the chemical compounds that inhibit oxidation. Green tea is particularly rich in health-promoting flavonoids, including catechins. Some of these are thought to play an important role in the green tea's anticancer and antioxidant effects.
Green tea is made by briefly steaming the just harvested leaves, rendering them soft and pliable and preventing them from fermenting or changing colour. After steaming, the leaves are rolled, then spread out and "fired" (dried with hot air or pan-fried in a wok) until they are crisp. This produces a greenish-yellow tea with a slightly astringent flavour which closely resembles the taste of the fresh leaf.
Twinings Green Tea & Lemon is a light golden tea that produces a pleasant aromatic lemon odour. The lemon flavour is slight but it compliments the gentle bitterness of the tea leaves. For a hot refreshing drink the tea should not be brewed for not more than two minutes with hot water just under the boil. Do not brew for longer as the tea will be overwhelmingly bitter.
A box of twenty tea bags is generally available for just under £1.20 at health food shops and some of the big supermarkets.
I really do like a cup of tea and drink quite a lot and as I take milk in my tea it means I drink quite a lot of milk too which I'm not too happy about.
I have tried herbal tea's as a change but really did'nt like any as I found the flavours a bit overwhelming so I tended to avoid them................ until I read on one of my favourite websites www.whfoods.com ( Worlds Healthiest Foods ) about Green Tea.
All the information you need on Green Tea ( and any other food ) can be found on this website and is really worth a look!
Apparently Green tea is a favourite in China and has been around for hundreds of years and has a wealth of health benefits which have been extensively researched.
Green Tea can be bought as loose Tea or as Tea bags,
and come in a variety of flavours.............Plain Green Tea or Green Tea & Orange ect.........
The one I'm reviewing is Green Tea & Lemon Tea bags.
The Tea bags are individually wrapped for freshness and have brewing instructions on the back of the wrapper.
Using one Tea bag per cup, and water that is just under the boil, brew for 2 minutes....... dont add milk!
The Tea is a light golden colour and has a nice aromatic lemony smell to it,
the taste is hard to describe but to me it's like a weak black tea only much nicer with a hint of Lemon,
but not strong like some just pleasantly light and refreshing.
I'm now drinking less milky black tea and drinking more Green Tea,
I dont know if it's by cutting down on the milk or by drinking Green Tea, but I do feel a difference,
and overall with all the health benefits associated with Green Tea it's got to be good for you!
A really pleasantly light and refreshing alternative to black tea or coffee and healthier too.
Green Tea contains only half the amount of caffeine found in coffee.
A nice drink to have after a meal or as a relaxing hot drink on its own.
Green Tea & Lemon ect comes in boxes of 20 for £1.18 from Tesco.
Plain Green Tea comes in boxes of 80 for £ 1.98 from Tesco.
Tea has been drunk for over 4000 years, so there must be something in it. Whether it has all the healing and repairing properties the ancient peoples believed can be debatable, but none-the-less, we do seem to like a good cuppa. Up until recently I had always stuck to the familiar black teas, Twinings, Lipton, and even Tetley at times. I have experimented with flavoured teas, Blackcurrant, Forest Fruits and the like for a change, and now I've also discovered Green Tea. THE SCIENCE ************ You can skip this bit if you already know all about the benefits of Green Tea, otherwise, read on, you could learn something. Green Tea is still a fairly new discovery for many, but is growing in popularity for it's possible positive effects on your health. This is due to the fact that it contains some pretty powerful constituents, including polyphenols, carotenoids, polysaccharides, chlorophyll, vitamin C and E, potassium and zinc. Now although I did study Chemistry at school, I'm not claiming to know exactly what all these things might do for you, but the experts around the world have been hard at work discovering new benefits of this mixture. Polyphenols is the one which seems to have been proven to give us most benefit. I won't bore you with the science, but if you are interested, you can look up more about polyphenols on the internet. Simple enough to say that of all the tea types green tea provides the most polyphenols. So according to the scientists, drinking green tea can possibly improve our lives in the following ways: Lowers the rate of esophageal cancer, mouth cancers, gastric cancers, breast, esophageal, liver, lung, and skin cancers, and possibly stomach cancer. These findings are based on studies of green tea drinkers and non green tea drinkers. It is possible even if you are a smoker that the risk of cancer is less if you drink green tea. Lowers blood pressure, increases blood flow to the heart. <
br>< br>Lowers cholesterol. Helps keep blood sugar levels moderate. Prevents decay of teeth, keeps breath fresh. Drink this and throw away your toothpaste. Green tea has also been known to be used against ailments such as depression, hangovers, asthma, migraine and more. THE PRODUCT ************ So with the science and benefits out of the way, we move to the product in question - Twinings Green Tea and Lemon. The Box ******** The product I'm reviewing here is tea bags, but of course it's also available in the traditional loose leaf package, for pot brewing. Anyway, with this one, there's 25 Tea Bags in the box, each 2g in weight, making 50g in total (1.76oz). The box is an attractive green design, so it's easy to find. A Yellow strip along the bottom indicates the lemon. The familar Twinings of London logo is prominent, along with the endorsment of the Queen, so she must like it too. The bottom contains instructions on how to make the best cuppa, or in a pot if you prefer. The usual Best Before date, company address and ingredients can be found elsewhere on the box. The Bags ********* The tea bags themselves are individually wrapped in paper sachets, also green and yellow, and each containing the ingredients, and brewing information. This is useful for when they are in restaurants I guess. Pulling the bags from the sachets, you find the usual string tags, to slip them over the side of your cup. The Smell ********** If you smell the inside of the box, there is a faint smell of lemon, but you can also smell the cardboard box too. Nice. So put the kettle on, boil your water and pour over the bag. The smell now becomes more apparent, you can certainly smell the lemon content now, although it's not overpowering, and quite pleasant. The Colour *********** Although this is green tea, the colour isn't particularly green. It's your more us
ual murky br own, but a little lighter, perhaps a slight hint of yellowy green, well it looks ok. Obviously you don't add milk to this. The Taste ********** Taste is always tricky to describe. You can certainly taste some lemon flavour, but not as much as a lemsip. It's a bit earthy if that's the right word, but it's really very nice tasting, not like some of the weird herbal teas you can get, like camomile perhaps. Sip it gently a little at a time, and the taste remains in your mouth, and up your nose a bit too. I'll still need to drink regular black tea, but I could drink maybe 3 cups of this a day. When you get to the bottom of the cup, you'll notive some fine bits of green tea. Drink this too, it's not as gritty as you'd think, in fact it's not gritty at all, and there is lots of goodness in the last bits. The Price ********** Price for a box of 25 should be around £1.50 from your supermarket, Tescos or whatever. The product is also available without the lemon. You can also buy Twinings Instant Iced Green Tea and lemon for about 50p. More details of the Twinings range can be found at www.twinings.com Nothing more to add, try it, you might like it, and it could improve your health.
Character: Citrus fruit pieces on a base of light, natural green tea. A healthy, low caffeine drink to refresh the palate. How and when to serve: Brew as you would one of Twinings Classic teas and enjoy at any time of the day, either hot or iced to suit the occasion.