The Benefits Of Green Tea

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on January 9, 2010

Saturday! How I love thee. :)


I wasn’t always a huge green tea fan like I am today.

When I first started drinking green tea, I thought it was bitter and not overly enjoyable.

Green tea is an acquired taste much like wine; after time, you begin to appreciate the flavour and enjoy experimenting among different types. As I drank it more, my love for green tea grew and grew.

I also started to do a lot of reading about green tea because I wanted to know everything I could about it. I turned to one of my favourite books called ‘Foods That Fight Cancer‘ by Drs. Beliveau and Gingras.

What is so good about green tea?

  • It is green ;)
  • Flavanols, more commonly known as catechins, make up 1/3 of the weight of a tea leaf. Catechins are thought to be the compound responsible for the anti-cancer activity in green tea.
  • Catechins possess anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that allow the plant to resist invasion by a large number of pathogens.
  • The most important catechin in green tea is known as EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate- now you know why they abbreviated it!) as it has the highest anti-cancer activity of all.
  • It contains 4 times less caffeine than black tea
  • Tea can become the ‘soul’ of one’s diet, representing a daily symbol of relaxation, meditation, and good health.

Not all green tea is created equal:

  • The catechin content of green tea varies widely based on the type, area of cultivation, diversity of the plants used, harvest season, and processing techniques. Just because it says green tea on the label does not mean that it will possess high amounts of catechins.
  • Further, the brewing time of the tea largely influences the final catechin content.

How do I know what types of green tea are good to drink?

  • As a general rule, Japanese green teas have a much higher EGCG content than Chinese green teas.


As you can see, Japanese green teas are superior in their EGCG concentration as compared to Chinese green teas. I always purchase Sencha because it is difficult to find Gyokuro and Sencha-Uchiyama tea in my area.

This is the 4’Oclock loose leaf Japanese Sencha tea that I am in love with.


In summary:

  • Select Japanese green tea whenever possible
  • Allow your tea to steep for 8-10 minutes which favours the extraction of catechins
  • Drink freshly brewed tea whenever possible

Now that I have been drinking green tea for about 8-9 years, I couldn’t imagine not drinking it. I probably drink about 6-7 cups a day now! I also drink lots of herbal tea (Chamomile, lavender, and peppermint tea, etc) in the evening.

Little known fact: I often drink chilled green tea while working out as I find that it gives me a bit of extra kick!

Are you a tea lover or coffee lover? Why or why not? What types do you drink?

Eric and his family are the ones who got me drinking regular black tea. My mother in law is Irish and my father in law is English and they both grew up drinking tea. Eric used to get chilled tea in a bottle as a baby!! Apparently it is very common in Ireland…crazy, eh? I never liked black tea as much as Green tea though. I love how green tea makes me feel- healthy and energized.

I’ve never drank a cup of coffee in my life. I don’t have anything against coffee at all, I just got hooked on tea first and never yearned for anything else.


I’m off to eat my new favourite hot breakfast:

Baked Breakfast Pudding Cake!


I’m calling it cake because it is just that good. Exhibit A: Cake Batter.

I discovered it is also awesome COLD right out of the fridge. I had it for dessert one night and it was so yummy.

I’m making my next overnight batch on Sunday and will pop them in the oven early Monday morning. I’m thinking apple pie and pumpkin pie…yum! I’m going to play around with the nut to oat ratio too and will report back with my new recipes.


Ron White Charity Shoe Drive

On the way to our in laws today, we are dropping off a bag of shoes for Ron White’s Charity Shoe Drive. If you are in the GTA and have gently worn shoes/boots, please consider donating them for those in need. It is a bone chilling (-16C/4F) today so please consider helping those in need of warm feet.

Even if you aren’t in the GTA, you can always drop off shoes to your local charity drop box!

Will blog from the in laws. Going to workout this big, strong heart and be rewarded with happy endorphins in return.


In my next post, I will be talking about how my first day of NOT multitasking went…OH BOY! lol

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Ali @ Food,Fitness, Fashion January 9, 2010 at 10:10 am

Very informative post!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 9, 2010 at 10:14 am

Really makes me feel better that you didn’t like tea before! I don’t like it and think it is bitter and tastes like dirty water. I had no idea it was an aquired taste. Maybe I will try it a few more times. Thanks Ange!

Have a safe and fun trip today. :)


SweetOblivion January 10, 2010 at 11:56 am

A lot of people think green tea is horrible & bitter because it’s often made using just-boiled water, which burns the tea leaves ;)
If you try it using 1/4 cold water and 3/4 freshly boiled water, putting in the tea after the water, it doesn’t burn and it tastes really delicate and lovely :)

Really informative post Angela! :)


SweetOblivion January 10, 2010 at 11:56 am

sorry for the smiley overload…!


Morgan @ Life After Bagels January 9, 2010 at 10:17 am

I’m a tea lover and a coffee lover . . . and so is my bf. I have about 10 cups of coffee a week and about 20 cups of tea a week.

I’m SO EAGER to hear about your day of non multitasking . . . I’m not sure how to figure out how to do it, I didn’t realize what an addict I was.


Lily @ Lily's Health Pad January 9, 2010 at 10:18 am

I drink it all! Tea, herbal tea, and coffee, but I typically have only one caffienated beverage a day.

Green tea is definitely an acquired taste. I used to not be able to stand it, but now I drink it on occasion, especially if its flavored with mint or something.


Kristie January 9, 2010 at 10:18 am

I love unsweetened iced tea – green or black – and hot tea too now. You are definitely right about it being an acquired taste! However, there are a couple tea brands that make really good tea that tastes spicy sweet – have you ever had Good Earth tea (original flavor) or Harney & Sons tea (the Cinnamon Spice flavor has the same type of spicy sweet going on)? When I want something sweet and soothing I love having a glass of those teas :)


Estela @ Weekly Bite January 9, 2010 at 10:21 am

I love both coffee and tea.

It really depends on what I feel like drinking.

Love green tea! Thanks for the info!


Mellissa January 9, 2010 at 10:21 am

I am a tea drinker and like just about any flavor but my favorite is Good Earth Sweet and Spicy. As for coffee, I hate it! I don’t even like the smell.


Sarah January 9, 2010 at 10:21 am

I love hot tea :) Though I’m working on drinking it unsweetened (I use a little stevia). I love Celestial Seasonings Vanilla Chamomile tea at night to relax before I go to bed. I like green tea when I eat sushi.

Do anyone have any tips for drinking unsweetened tea? If I don’t add stevia, I never end up finishing the glass…


Sarah January 9, 2010 at 10:27 am

I’m a tea addict – I absolutely love me some regular black tea (with milk) and my being half-Irish has a lot to do with it! I don’t like coffee, and I really dislike iced tea.

As a rule I don’t like herbal / green tea, but that’s just because I don’t want to like them – I’m happy with my milky tea with two sugars. It’s my treat, my lift and my spirit rejuvenator. And I love it.


Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete January 9, 2010 at 10:42 am

I’ve been drinking green tea for a while, and I had no idea as to why it was good for me. Thanks for sharing the info!!

I usually just stick to one cup 3-4 times a week b/c my body is very sensitive to caffeine. I only drink it when I need it during the semester. I didn’t have any during winter break. :)


Erin January 9, 2010 at 10:43 am

I got into the green tea habit while living in Korea; I’ve sort of fallen off the green tea bandwagon now that I’m back in the US but still love an afternoon cuppa. :D


Meg's Gut January 9, 2010 at 10:46 am

Green tea and rooibos tea are my favourites!
i’ve also never had a cup of coffee ever either!


Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind January 9, 2010 at 10:51 am

I have a strong love affair with coffee…but I enjoy tea, too. Usually, I MUST have coffee in the morning, and I have tea in the afternoon. I’m currently in the process of experimenting with new teas. I have a lot to learn about the tea world!


Cecilia January 9, 2010 at 11:00 am

I love both tea and coffee. I only drink coffee with breakfast, though, because it has a tendency to keep me up at night otherwise. So after that morning cuppa, I stick to tea, green, black, rooibus and herbal, I love it all!


Anne P January 9, 2010 at 11:15 am

I love me some tea. So much better than coffee, which makes me feel icky. My fave is black tea with milk :) Although I actually have a new favorite that I’m going to blog about soon!


Stacy January 9, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Oooo, I’d like to hear about the black tea :) Always looking for good ones. My current favorite is Numi Chocolate Puerh – wonderful! Has probiotics as its fermented. Very healthy :)


*Andrea* January 9, 2010 at 11:23 am

green tea is a healthy habit i need to adopt, pronto! i can only drink it with a ton of creamer or soy milk and sweetener.. i much prefer coffee :( but maybe i can slowly incorporate it into my diet if it’;s an acquired taste!?! i tried your cake batter as a snack – soooooooo good!!!


Danielle (Coffee Run) January 9, 2010 at 11:25 am

Thanks for the info on green tea :) I’ll admit- I’ve tried it before and just wasn’t into it. But if it’s an aquired taste then maybe I should keep trying it. I’ve been diggin the Celestial Seasonings Gingerbread tea!


Natasha January 9, 2010 at 11:25 am

Great post!!!

I like to share the love. Tea and coffee for me (not at the same time of course). I go through phases where I have tea in the morning, and then I change and it’s coffee. It can depend on how I wake-up too ;-)
I got onto Sencha Green Tea after I read it in a few of your posts, I even managed to find it in a place not to far from home (not that easy to do in Paris). I love it! Just that bit sweeter than regular green tea. So thanks for that.


Niki January 9, 2010 at 11:32 am

Very informative! Great post!! I am both a coffee and tea lover!! I drink coffee in the mornings and then tea throughout the day. I am more of a black tea fan though, just have never really gotten into green tea. But after this post, I am going to give green tea another try! Do you find it better health-wise and taste-wise to use tea bags or the free tea leaves? I have never used tea leaves, which is why I am asking!! :)


Rachel January 9, 2010 at 11:34 am

Love this post, especially because I’m thinking about drinking it.


Courtney January 9, 2010 at 11:51 am

I have 2 cups of coffee in the morning and that is it, but if I’m cold or trying to avoid mindless snacking or not feeling good I have peppermint tea. I love it, and it is caffeine free. I especially love it freshly brewed from my Keurig…mmmm.
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Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty January 9, 2010 at 12:05 pm

I love green tea – I keep a jug in the fridge most of the time. That breaky looks delish!


Stacy January 9, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Hi Angela – good to know – Japenese! I have been drinking Tazo China Green Tips – time to change! You’re lucky you never got hooked on coffee – it is highly addictive and terrible for the liver. I was an AVID coffee addict, worked for Starbucks even. Last spring when I finally found an awesome Naturopath, who helped me with all my ailments, I learned from him how toxic coffee is on the body, liver and immume system :( He said tea is ok as its not the caffeine that is the issue – its the other alkaloids in coffee. On days where I have cheated and had a java in the am, my anxiety level shoots up and I cannot fall asleep at night. The “high” feels good for a bit but ugh the rest I can do without. I read some medical journals, to learn more about the alkaloids – if I remember correctly, they say they are the same chemical makeup/have the same effect as psychoactive drugs. This is more than you needed to know I’m sure but for my other fellow bloggers drinking coffee, kick it if u can. Takes time but like Angela said, you eventually acquire a love of tea and it is wonderful!


Stacy January 9, 2010 at 12:09 pm

oops! ImmuNe(sp) system that is ;)


LindsayRuns January 9, 2010 at 12:12 pm

I love how you say flavonols, better known as catechins. I’ve never heard of catechins. And your cake batter just sounds ‘right’. Great breakfast!


Jolene January 9, 2010 at 12:18 pm

I absolutely LOVE green tea, and this post just reminded me that I don’t drink enough of it! When I am home all day in the summer, I definitely do … but when I am at work I just don’t think about it.

I am going in to work today and I am going to bring a thermos of green tea that my friend brought me back from South Korea. He is a tea guru and has studied tea with different tea masters from around the world.

I drink a cup of black coffee every morning, but am just fine if I miss it one day. I love the taste though – mmmmm, fresh black coffee!!


Jen January 9, 2010 at 12:30 pm

The reason that you found green tea bitter at first may because you weren’t (and still aren’t? As you didn’t say anything in your post about it) brewing it right…

You aren’t supposed to make it with boiling water, you’re supposed to let the water cool down a bit first. I think for Sencha you want the water to be around 80 degrees (centigrade) before adding it to the tea. Otherwise it does get overly bitter.

Almost all tea that I’ve bought over here (in Japan!) has this written on it, but it never seems to in the West.

Apologies if you already knew this! It is really so much nicer made with non-boiling water though. Japanese people have kettle type things which actually heat the water to the ideal tea making temperature (and keep it there for as long as you want, so you can make cup after cup of perfect tea if you want to)


Jen January 9, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Just checked a Japanese tea site and it said 70 degrees, oops.


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 9, 2010 at 3:47 pm

So glad you mentioned this!!!! I meant to include this in my write up, but forgot. I never never boil the tea before making green…I read this too a few years ago. I think you are right though- I do think that is why I found it bitter before.


Jen January 9, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Oh good! I didn’t like it when I first had it either for the same reason!


Ameena January 9, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I recently started drinking green tea and while I kind of like it now, I definitely prefer black tea. Trader Joe’s English Breakfast or Typhoo Decaf are my favorites!


Marina January 9, 2010 at 12:46 pm

I adore green tea, but I didn’t really drink it these past few months. Got to get some good leaves :)


Mandy January 9, 2010 at 12:47 pm

I grew up drinking black tea. When my sister and I were kids we used it have it with our babysitter, always with milk and sugar. Now i can drink it black but sometimes it’s nice with a little honey/milk.

I’ve also like green tea for a while too. I’m a huge Japanese food fan, and there’s always green tea being served. I think the first time i tried it i was pretty indifferent. I remember it tasting like weird water. But now i love it.

Coffee has been more of an acquired taste for me. I remember the first time i tried the black coffee my mom was drinking i almost gagged. But this summer my coworkers got me coffee a couple times during late night work sessions and now i am definitely a fan.

So i like to switch up what I’m drinking whether it’s black or herbal tea, or coffee :)


Morgan January 9, 2010 at 12:55 pm

interesting info on the tea! I’m not really a tea person. Some of it literally makes me gag. I can handle cinnamon and citrus flavors but not much more than that. but I LOVE my coffee :) too bad there aren’t any health benefits that come from chugging espresso


Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama January 9, 2010 at 12:56 pm

I really need to drink more green tea. Wonderful post!


Ricki January 9, 2010 at 1:00 pm

I used to be a coffee drinker but since I’ve discovered green tea, I’ve been hooked, too. Recently I tried matcha and boy, is it addictive! I’ve had the oat pudding-cake cold, too, and really enjoy it that way. The pumpkin variation sounds stellar! And can’t wait to hear about your non-multi tasking ;)


Bronwyn January 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm

I am a coffee lover. And probably addict. I drink 1-2 cups a day (and more on holidays!). I usually just have it with a bit of milk, and honestly I LOVE the taste. I don’t really know how big a difference it makes in me energy wise. I’m actually more careful about drinking coffee because it has so much caffein.


Deva (Voracious Vorilee) January 9, 2010 at 1:14 pm

I love drinking tea! I am trying to switch over my morning coffee habit to tea because of all of the yummy varieites out there!


Cait January 9, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Green tea is my fav. I drink it all the time!

Side note, I have been following your blog for quite some time and really love it. You seem to have such a healthy and positive attitude toward food. I would love to have the same attitude. I exercise regularly and eat healthy during the day but I tend to over-eat at night. If I have 1 bite of something sweet, I need to have 10 bites. It is a vicious cycle! Any advice? thanks.


Jil January 9, 2010 at 1:21 pm

I drink it all!! I am a fan of subtle green teas or green teas laced with more fruity flavors. I cannot do the “minty” or “lemongrassy” green tea — the smell is overwhelming to me and the taste is not something I find completely unpalatable. However — I lurrrve green tea. I often forget about its caffeine content though as I’ve many a night lay awake because I decided to brew some tea at 10pm…haha


Jil January 9, 2010 at 1:22 pm

oops **palatable :) my bbbbb


Alex January 9, 2010 at 1:27 pm

My dad was Irish and I would get Irish breakfast tea in my sippie cups!!! All my cousins drank tea like water when we grew up.

I find I crave tea more often than coffee now- I think I need to wean myself off the java- my body is telling me to do it!


Diana @ frontyardfoodie January 9, 2010 at 1:33 pm

I’m a massive green tea fan. I didn’t like it growing up since I was obsessed with black tea and sugar but now I will never go back. I always loved Chinese tea and Japanese is just as tasty. Thanks for showing that chart! I’ll definitely try the Sencha now.


Cynthia (It All Changes) January 9, 2010 at 1:41 pm

I love green tea! I drink it in so many forms. My favorite is peppermint green tea.


[email protected] January 9, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Thanks for all the great info on Green Tea! I’m always on the lookout for the Matcha ( powder ) tea but when I do find it it’s always to dang expensive! Maybe it’s time I hit up some of the more local places in Honolulu? Anyway, great post :-) Aloha! A


Jenny January 9, 2010 at 2:11 pm

I couldn’t agree more–tea is definitely an acquired taste, and one that develops fully over time. I’m so glad I love it!

THanks for all of that interesting info :)


intheskinny January 9, 2010 at 2:16 pm

I tried green tea a year or two ago and didn’t like it. Last month I tried it again and fell in LOVE with it! It gets me going in the morning and is easier to make at work than coffee.


Kate January 9, 2010 at 2:26 pm

I’ve become an avid tea drinker over the last six months or so. I start my day with an oolong tea and mostly drink a maté throughout the day. I also love a variety of green tea, and I think I might try drinking it chilled during my workouts–sounds brilliant!


rungirlrunn January 9, 2010 at 2:35 pm

I didn’t like green tea too much until I found some varieties that had fruit flavors– like raspberry and citrus! Yum!


alison January 9, 2010 at 2:40 pm

your hubby had tea in his bottle? that is fantastic! i like english breakfast tea but love your idea about having some chilled tea when you work out. i also enjoy ginger tea de-caf to help digest sometimes. great post!


Paige @ Running Around Normal January 9, 2010 at 2:49 pm

I need to find some Sencha! I love loose leaf tea the best, too. Thanks for all the information on it:D
Your breakfast cake looks amazing!


Angela January 9, 2010 at 2:51 pm

That was really informative thanks so much for that! I’m need to go find some Sencha!


Kirsty January 9, 2010 at 3:03 pm

I am totally addicted to green tea…. I love it….especially sencha ;P xx


Nikki T January 9, 2010 at 3:21 pm

SO looking forward to the apple and pumpkin pie breakfast cake recipes!!
And thanks for the info about green tea…I’m definately going to look for sencha at my grocery store. I generally only drink water, and sometimes a coffee in the morning, but it would be nice to add some healthy variety to the mix!


Mae @ OhhMay January 9, 2010 at 3:42 pm

I love green tea’s complex flavors- bitter with a sweet note. When you eat something salty (ie soy sauce) and sip green tea the tea magically sweetens itself! (My mom actually pointed this out.)
I would love to study the tannins in green vs black tea as a research project… that would be interesting!


EaterNotARunner January 9, 2010 at 3:43 pm

You are making me feel guilty for avoiding the free green tea in my office ;-)


Run Sarah January 9, 2010 at 3:44 pm

I love green tea too, it gives me such a nice boost!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 9, 2010 at 3:48 pm

In the car and wishing I had a tea right now!!!! Brrrr


skinnyrunner January 9, 2010 at 3:55 pm

you’ve never had coffee? omg girl, its probably for the best. its addictive. sooooo good.
but it sounds like tea is probably healthier for you…


Marcia January 9, 2010 at 4:05 pm

I love tea. I drink mostly black tea, occasionally green tea. I have recently discovered chai (love the spice).

I got hooked early on diet coke (I know). I’ve mostly given it up now. I also, like you, have never had a cup of coffee. (And I’m almost 40 and spent years in the Navy, it’s a darned miracle). Unless frappucinos count (and I don’t think they do). I don’t drink those any more either, those were during my fat days.

My cabinet has English Breakfast, Green, Irish Breakfast, Oolong, a few types of herbal tea, and Earl Grey.


Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) January 9, 2010 at 4:19 pm

I used to be the same way, now I love green tea! I love all types of tea. Green, herbal, black… it is so warming!



Katie O. @ Fit to Wed January 9, 2010 at 4:43 pm

I love both coffee and tea. I generally stick to black tea with a bit of cream- my grandmother used to make it like that for me when I was little! I can’t believe you’ve never had a cup of coffee- that’s actually really cool.


Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run January 9, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Thanks for the 411 on green tea. I have recently become “addicted”, but not 6-7 cups addicted. Geeze, girlie. That’s a ton! I love tea & coffee at different times of the day. I can NOT believe you’ve never(?) had coffee? Don’t judge it until you’ve tried it : ) Are espresso drinks as popular in Canada as they are in the US (aka Starbucks)?


Amy A. January 9, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Thank you, Angela! I LOVE teas and coffee…mostly herbal tea for sure! I’ve only purchased bagged tea in the store, but now find myself longing to discover more! My mom gave me Christmas money to buy “tea stuff”. I’ve been hanging onto it until I had time to research the best kind, brand, etc. Today I placed an order online for several types of loose leaf teas. I got organic sencha (because you so beautifully outlined the benefits), coco chai rooibos, chamomile citrus, set of 6 wellness sampler tins, set of 6 chocolate truffle sampler tins and a mesh tea infuser. I’m diving into this loose leaf thing head first! I’m so excited…can’t wait for it to arrive! It was -15 F here in Nebraska last night (not counting the windchill)! I can’t get enough warmth right now. Thank you, once again, for a very informative and inspiring post.


Amy A. January 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm

One more thought…I’m a big time coffee-lover, too! You must try! :) It’s an acquired taste as well…but oh so wonderful once you’re hooked! I have to limit myself to 1 piping-hot cup per morning. Then it’s tea or water for the rest of the day. On special occasions (like and evening spent with my mom), we’ll have coffee with Bailey’s Irish Cream mixed in…heavenly!


Little Aspects January 9, 2010 at 6:03 pm

I love tea and coffee – cup of coffee with breakfast in the mornings and then tea throughout the day (green or peppermint usually – I haven’t drunk black tea since I stopped drinking milk about a year ago).


erica January 9, 2010 at 6:17 pm

i am a total coffee drinker! i’ve been trying to work my way to drinking more tea, but if i do, it’s almost always green tea. maybe it’s because i’m japanese and grew up on that stuff, that its what i’m used to…i’m trying to expand my horizons to other teas out there. hahaha.


The Jesse January 9, 2010 at 6:21 pm

I love green tea, thanks for the informative post. I try not to drink too many caffeniated beverages as they really hype me up and I recenlty started drinking coffee black (when I have it) and I’ve discovered that I really enjoy it black (and the reduced calories are not even missed). BUT I love me some green tea. It’s my go-to fav.


Laura Georgina January 9, 2010 at 6:23 pm

I love my morning coffee and the occasional cappucino/espresso, but my thing is tea for sure. I always loved it, but living in England turned me into a black tea addict of the first degree and at one point I was drinking about six cups a day (gasp). Now I’m down to about two cups of black tea and a couple of cups of green or herbal tea a day. And ,my tea drinking is a source of real amusement to my family–it’s like I’m the first Puerto Rican to sip tea or something, as far as they’re concerned :-)


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 9, 2010 at 7:55 pm

What is the difference b/t coffee and espresso? Ive always wondered. :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 9, 2010 at 7:55 pm

you guys are making me want to try coffee now! haha


liane January 9, 2010 at 8:06 pm

I never drank coffee, ever… until a year ago and now I’m a solid AM coffee drinker. I know it’s probably not the best for me but it makes that morning commute so much happier.

That being said, the rest of the day I drink copious amounts of tea, but always tea bags. This post was super informative. I’m definetely going to hit up the local tea shop next week and introduce myself to loose tea and how to brew it. Thanks!


Samantha January 9, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Hi. I just stumbled across this site, and find it very uplifting and informative. I like decaffinated tea and coffee. My favorite tea is cold Arizona green tea. I used to not like tea, but my friends just kept giving me more, and now I like it. I like learning about the health benefits, too.


Deb January 9, 2010 at 8:21 pm

How much ECGC in gunpowder green tea Angela?
Would LOVE to know,many thanks!


Deborah January 9, 2010 at 9:39 pm

I absolutely adore coffee, and was raised with tea. My parents are both from Ireland, and tea is a natural instinct for me, although I love the richness of coffee. Currently on a juicing de-tox to precede my new raw food diet, I believe coffee will be in my past. I am thinking my good friend ‘green tea’ will be my morning addition/replacement for coffee.
Thank you for your blog! I am having a blast reading your recipes!


Wink January 9, 2010 at 10:10 pm

I loved green tea from the moment I first tried it. I think it’s because I tend to like earthier flavors. I used to drink coffee too, but with my last pregnancy I gave up all caffeine, so now I just stick with water and spearmint tea.


Anne January 9, 2010 at 10:15 pm

I am definitely a coffee person (and maybe a bit of a starbucks addict) but also enjoy a good cup of tea.

I keep tazo zen green tea in my desk at work, and matcha powder/looseleaf at home. I love putting a bit of matcha powder in my green monsters – gives them a bit of a kick!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 9, 2010 at 10:21 pm

great idea RE: powder in GM!


Kristin (whimsyville) January 9, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Coffeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee… But after 10 am, I drink tea: cinnamon, peppermint or rooibos.


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 9, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Did you say CINNAMON tea??? Sounds right up my alley!! What kind do you buy? or do you just make it with cinnamon stix


jessica January 10, 2010 at 12:26 am

Harney & Son’s Hot Cinnamon Spice tea is the best tea I have ever had:


Caitlin January 10, 2010 at 3:56 pm

I agree–I love this and always get it at Gloria Jean’s!


[email protected] January 9, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Green Tea is my favorite, I love drinking it with no sugar. Plain Green tea is the best.


Leah January 10, 2010 at 1:06 am

This was great, I knew green tea was good for you, but I never knew all of this.
Im in love with Tazo African Red Bush, and Honeybush tea. SO delicious – and they smell so good. I could not make it through the day without my morning coffee though. Ive tried.


BCSM January 10, 2010 at 7:33 am

Hi, longtime lurker, first time commenter here :)

Like a lot of other people I never knew green tea was an acquired taste. I like it, but I usually sweeten it with a bit of honey. Maybe I should give the unsweetened version another chance!


Ali January 10, 2010 at 8:57 am

HI! I am a both a coffee and tea lover. I drink a cup of one or the other every morning before I go to work. I didn’t discover my love of tea until a few years ago when I realized all of the options besides black tea (which I definitely don’t love). I drink green sometimes, but I also love yerba matte and any herbal tea with ginger. My favorite green tea at the moment is Genmaicha…a Japanese green tea that contains some roasted rice. It is delicious.


Meredith January 10, 2010 at 12:54 pm

I just got a ton of new teas for Christmas! I’m trying a new blueberry blend from McQuarries tea shop right now. Mmmm. I also got a maple cream ( YUM), a Stash caffeine-free sample pack (too weak :P) and some knock-out green tea from my friend’s mom in Taiwan. Once I drink all of this (next year?) I’ll have to try some blends from Japan!


Good Taste. Healthy Me January 10, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I absolutely love tea. I drink usually 2 cups a day. I’ve been getting more into herbal and green teas lately rather than just black tea.


Tonya January 10, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Do you ‘brew’ your tea with a teapot with infuser, or do you do each cup as you go? What do you prefer? I want to get a tea pot with infuser, but don’t know what kind to get.

Thanks for a very informative post!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 10, 2010 at 1:48 pm

i use a pot with an infuser!


Kori January 10, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Angela- I work part time for a tea store called Teavana (check out their website, they ship to Canada!), so I sell, custom blend, and drink tea ALL DAY! You are spot on with the health benefits of green tea and I am psyched that people are catching onto the wealth of good things tea can do for you! For all the black tea drinkers out there, black teas are known for their cardiovascular benefits as they keep the vessel walls soft and are thought to stave off heart disease. For those drinking Tazos honeybush tea, that’s a rooibos or red “tea” technically an herbal as it comes from an african red bush and not a tea leaf! Rooibos is amazing for those who suffer from seasonal allergies or digestive issues. It’s also naturally caffiene free and is often given to babies for colic. All tea is great for hydration and as such your skin, but white teas (the least processed of all tea) are the highest in antioxidants are especially good for your skin. I even take my used white teas leaves,once they’ve cooled,and mix them with a touch of honey and apply them to my face! The honey has natural antibacterial properties and the application of the white tea removes puffiness from the eyes and redness from the skin. Mix with a bit of aloe for winter chapped skin or sunburn too. If you want me to ship you anything, just let me know, I’d be happy to do it! My fave of our green teas is the ‘Golden Jade’ deliciously velvety and really high quality, so you can use it for multiple infusions! Ok, I’m done now- I just get so excited talking about tea!! Thanks for the great post!


Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope January 11, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Recently I’ve gotten into ordering chai tea at Starbucks, but otherwise haven’t tried it much at home. This might sound silly, but how do you make tea???? Seriously, I’ve just never learned!



linda January 14, 2010 at 12:06 am

i’ve tried looking for this tea, can you recommend places to buy this brand of green tea?



Marianne January 19, 2010 at 2:26 am

I’m not much of a hot drink lover, but tea trumps coffee for me 100 times over. I love to have all different types of teas around – green, black, herbal, decaf – so that if I have a tea craving, I have something to suite my mood. Sometimes I drink it straight, sometimes with a little milk & agave. My favourite is probably matcha, especially when done as a latte. Yum!


Betsy H. February 16, 2010 at 10:39 pm

I absolutely love your website. You are so positive and give such great tips for healthy living. I read your posts everyday and incorporate a lot of what you do into my life. Thank you!

I was wondering where you got your cute “tea cups” in the picture above. I would love to have a couple for my afternoon “tea breaks”

Take Care


pamela October 14, 2010 at 7:45 am

i’d love to know on the tea cups as well. enjoyed this post… thanks so much for the informations!


julie April 1, 2014 at 8:12 pm

i luv green tea..


Sanjay December 25, 2018 at 1:48 pm

I love drinking green tea but mostly I use normal green tea brands I also want to try Japanese green tea brands but couldn’t afford it right now.


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