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Health Tuesdays: Green Tea

by Odette Lucero, Buffalo Exchange Tucson

Green Tea

Winter is here and all we want to do is hide under our covers. A tasty way to stay warm during the day is by enjoying some green tea. Green tea contains caffeine to keep you going, but it also contains salubrious polyphenols, but what does that mean? It helps contribute to overall better health.

Green tea also has vitamin C and what can that do for you? It helps create collagen in the body, which can encourage strength in skin, joint and bones. Green tea aids in healing wounds within the body and can help prevent lung disease. Green tea also helps smokers decrease some of the damaged DNA caused by tobacco while fighting tooth decay, heart disease and bad breath. Of course it also improves mental alertness while aiding against stress.

I personally can’t think of a better way to start off a cold winter day, but if you’re not a tea person, or simply want to know of other ways to add green tea to your daily diet, try adding it to salads or smoothies, pies, bread, pastas, cupcakes and cookies. Or you can always enjoy green tea ice cream or frozen yogurt.

Tips for making the best green tea ever:

  •           Make sure to cool tea after a boil for 30 to 60 seconds before adding in green tea leaves.
  •           Use loose green tea leaves as opposed to the prepackaged green tea bags.
  •           Use approximately 2 grams of tea per cup
  •           Lastly Steep tea for 1 to 2 minutes only