Green Tea                                                

 

More than a   decade's worth of research  about green tea's health  benefits -- particularly its potential to fight cancer and heart disease -- has been more than intriguing, as have limited studies about green tea's role in lowering cholesterol, burning fat, preventing diabetes and stroke, and staving off dementia.

•Because of green tea's minimal processing -- its leaves are withered and steamed, not fermented like black and oolong teas -- green tea's unique catechins, especially epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), are more concentrated
•But green tea's antioxidants are dilators, she says, because they improve the flexibility of blood vessels and make them less vulnerable to clogging -- and antioxidant-rich blueberries and pomegranates do the same.
•Green tea and its extract have been shown to fight obesity and lower LDL "bad" cholesterol -- two risk factors for heart disease and diabetes -- but in very limited studies. One study in the Netherlands and a study in Japan showed that green tea did both.
•Taken altogether, the evidence certainly suggests that incorporating at least a few cups of green tea every day will positively affect your health," says Diane McKay, PhD, a Tufts University scientist who studies antioxidants. "It's not going to cure anything and it shouldn't be consumed as a drug, but it can complement the rest of the diet."
•Remind yourself to eat your fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds, and nuts -- and go ahead, drink as much green tea as you want


Method
Heat four cups water in a pan till it almost reaches the boiling point but does not boil. Place the tea leaves in a tea strainer and place the strainer over a tea pot. Pour a little hot water and when it strains through discard it. This washes the tea leaves. Now pour the rest of the hot water and let it steep for one minute. Pour into individual cups and serve hot.
Chef's Tip
The tea should not remain in the water for too long otherwise the tea will taste bitter. The ratio of tea leaves to water is two grams per hundred milliliters of water

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