Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Edible Green Tea: Review

 

 
You have all heard of drinking green tea, and the many benefits that can come from it. However, did you know that by brewing green tea (even though it is very healthy to drink), you are losing a vast majority of the nutrients you could be consuming, from the leaves themselves? EatGreenTea.com realized that you can benefit from eating the green tea directly. They have highlighted many of the healthy benefits you can obtain. 

First, from eating the green tea directly, you will get higher levels of important antioxidants, called flavonoids. One type of flavonoid, catechins, are found primarily in the leaves of the green tea. Antioxidants are important for protecting your body's cells from harmful over-accumulation of free radicals. They can help in the fight against many different types of cancer, atherosclerosis, and cholesterol problems. Antioxidants have been shown to block LDL cholesterol (the bad type) and improve HDL cholesterol (the good type). There have been implications in lowering high blood pressure. In a study summarized on EatGreenTea.com's website, the benefits obtained from each individual antioxidant from drinking green tea vs. eating it can be seen. For Catechins, you will receive 2.55 mg/100g in brewed green tea, but you will get 33 mg/100g from whole green tea leaves. What a difference! There is an even larger gap in other antioxidants: epicatechin - 8.29 mg/100g versus 791.46 mg/100g, Kaempferol - 1.42 mg/100g versus 151.9 mg/100g, and Myricetin - 1.1 mg/100g versus 108.25 mg/100g.

Other important nutrients that you will receive more of by eating the green tea than by drinking it include: protein, fiber, calcium, phosphorous, iron, potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, and Tannin. In all of these nutrients there is a significant increase by consuming whole green tea leaves. I was surprised by the fact that you are getting no Vitamin A or fiber, and very little iron, by drinking brewed tea -- but the difference in eating it is huge! EatGreenTea.com compared this to cooking an Italian Wedding Soup with many types of greens to get the flavor and then throwing the greens out before eating them; when you put it that way, it does seem pretty silly. I love eating greens in my soup, because I know how nutritious they are...so maybe I should have the same mindset about tea!

EatGreenTea.com has also categorized the benefits of green tea as a whole by individual "ailment", and has provided relevant research and studies for each condition. It turns out that green tea is also good for the following: an antibacterial, an anti-inflammatory, an anti-viral, increasing bone density, bowels, brain health, circulation, your heart, your kidneys, to fight leukemia, for your liver, for your skin, to fight aging, for stroke victims, to fight stress, for your teeth, and for weight loss. Wow! Is there anything that green tea can't do? I have always heard good things about it, but I have a hard time moving away from my Diet Pepsi addiction to get into drinking anything else in a constant routine. This is one great benefit of Edible Green Tea -- now I can find another way to fit Green Tea into my lifestyle and my routine, and I'll be getting more out of it.


Before you go out and buy just any green tea to consume, you need to know that not all green tea is made for eating. Many teas manufactured for brewing are full of pesticides, unhealthy fertilizer particles, and herbicides. Right now, tea is also being imported from areas of the world that have been affected by various types of pollution. These teas are still distributed for brewing, because many of the toxins are not water soluble, so they will not enter your tea. However, it CAN enter your body if you eat the green tea leaves. Therefore, it is important to find a company such as EatGreenTea.com, so that you know your tea is being regulated and designed for consumption. Edible Green Tea is USDA approved, and is certified organic. EatGreenTea.com's tea has been hand picked and has been tested for high levels of heavy metals. It is not oolong or black tea (these varieties come from the same plant but are oxidized and lack the same amount of nutrition). Also, this Edible Green Tea comes from a province in China that has not been affected by the radiation in Japan.

With Edible Green Tea, although you are getting the antioxidant properties equal to 30 cups of brewed tea, you are getting the same amount of caffeine as in one cup of brewed tea. Also, your body will be slow to process the caffeine, and you should not experience the crash you may get from energy drinks or coffee. In a way, this is a bit of a natural energy boost. Edible Green Tea from EatGreenTea.com comes in two varieties: 

  • Powdered Edible Green Tea - This is available in a 100 gram size, which is enough for one month's worth. This retails for $25.
  • Edible Green Tea Whole Leaves - This is also available in a 100 gram size, and retails for $25 as well.




I was lucky enough to receive a large supply of Edible Green Tea to try for myself, so that I could share my opinions with you. I was very happy with the product. As I mentioned above, it is hard to get me to stray from my Diet Pepsi addiction. I am not much of a brewed tea person in the first place -- I love sweetened ice tea, but I feel that plain brewed green tea is lacking in flavor enough to keep me interested. At the same time, I know that I am really missing out on a tested and true remedy -- green tea is consistently featured on television shows and in relevant research studies and I have no doubt that it has a great nutritional benefit. Edible Green Tea gives me a way to get that without having to choke down tea. Now I can just sprinkle the green tea into a drink or onto my food. 

One tablespoon a day is enough to give you a huge antioxidant burst and energy throughout the day. That is one single serve packet, which you can put all into your food at once or split up. I really need immunity and extra vitamins now that winter is coming, and I have always wanted to test green tea out for its weight loss abilities. Now I feel like I have a way to do that; it is so easy to just sprinkle the Edible Green Tea onto just about anything. The flavor is not as strong as I would have expected...actually, it is just a pleasant after-taste. I found that it worked really well mixed into a thicker juice and in smoothies. I put some into my yogurt, and the texture/taste did not bother me at all. I actually even ate some plain and it left my mouth with a pleasant taste. You might think the gritty texture would be annoying, but it is fine enough that you don't notice it. And even if you did, there is still the powdered version that you could buy. I am very excited to share this product with my friends and family, and to use Edible Green Tea as a way to jump start a more healthy lifestyle!



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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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