Green tea is a type of tea that comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. It is originally from China but the best quality of green tea comes from Japan.
Green tea is harvested mainly twice a year: in spring and autumn, although there are plantations that can collect up to four harvests a year. The highest quality harvest is the spring harvest as it has a more lively and natural taste, color and touch.
The consumption of green tea is directly related to multiple health benefits. Some examples are:
Helps to increase weight loss when combined with a balanced diet and exercise as it speeds up metabolism (1)
Contains a large amount of antioxidants that help reduce the oxidation of cells (2).
It can contribute to not developing type II diabetes since it contributes to reducing blood sugar levels (3)
Drinking green tea has no contraindications or severe side effects. However, it can have a negative effect in the following cases:
People sensitive to caffeine: those who suffer insomnia, anxiety or irritability should not drink green tea 5 hours before bedtime.
People who take blood thinners as green tea contains a high dose of vitamin K and can make the drug ineffective.
Preparing a green tea is simple and fast. It can be taken hot or cold and mixed with water, milk or a vegetable drink such as oat milk, soy milk, or almond milk.
Heat 60 ml of water to 80 ºC and pour between 0.5 g and 1 g of powdered green tea. Mix with an electric or bamboo whisk until dissolved and foamy. Add 190 ml of water, milk or your favorite vegetable drink and… ready to drink!
Yes, a green tea contains between 25 and 45 mg of caffeine and a matcha tea contains 35 mg of caffeine / dose.
The effects of caffeine and theine have a peak effect between 15 and 45 minutes after consumption.
The main difference between black tea and green tea is that black tea is oxidized and green tea is not. To obtain black tea, the leaves are first rolled up and then exposed to air to promote the oxidation process, until reaching 100%.
In contrast, when green tea leaves are processed during harvesting, an attempt is made to avoid oxidation by giving a quick steam bath as soon as possible. Less oxidation means that green tea will have a lighter color and a fresher, more plant-based flavor.