I love green tea. I discovered it about a year back when I spotted twinning’s green tea being sold at the grocery store. I had read a lot about the antioxidants and fat burning property of it and I thought to myself, ‘why not?’ as I drink too much of chai and kala kafe anyway. lol
Thereafter my first green tea lead me to try about 4-5 of them including the kangra and fabIndia which am reviewing here today. The reason I choose these two is because unlike other green teas these two are milder. For beginners and for people who do want the benefit without too much of a bitter taste these are the best. I, myself am not fond of too strong blends of green tea as I like to have about 4-5 cups a day, I need it to be on the lighter side.
So basically here am giving some information for those of you who are not familiar with green tea.
Green tea is made solely with the leaves of Camellia sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. Green tea originates from China and has become associated with many cultures in Asia from Japan and South Korea to the Middle East. Recently, it has become more widespread in the West, where black tea is traditionally consumed. Many varieties of green tea have been created in countries where they are grown. These varieties can differ substantially due to variable growing conditions, horticulture, production processing, and harvesting time.
Over the last few decades green tea has been subjected to many scientific and medical studies to determine the extent of its long-purported health benefits, with some evidence suggesting that regular green tea drinkers have lower chances of heart disease and developing certain types of cancer. Although green tea does not raise the metabolic rate enough to produce immediate weight loss, a green tea extract containing polyphenols and caffeine has been shown to induce thermogenesis and stimulate fat oxidation, boosting the metabolic rate 4% without increasing the heart rate.
According to a survey released by United States Department of Agriculture in 2007, the mean content of flavonoids in a cup of green tea is higher than that in the same volume of other food and drink items that are traditionally considered of health contributing nature, including fresh fruits, vegetable juices or wine. Flavonoids are a group of phytochemicals in most plant products that are responsible for such health effects as anti-oxidative and anticarcinogenic functions. However, as a tea information site points out, the content varies dramatically Amongst different tea products, basing on the same USDA survey.
• It is used to treat multiple sclerosis.
• It is used for treatment and prevention of cancer.
• It is used to stop Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
• It is used to raise the metabolism and increase fat oxidation.
• It reduces the risk of heart diseases and heart attacks by reducing the risk of thrombosis.
• It reduces the risk of oesophageal cancer.
• Drinking green tea inhibits the growth of certain cancer cells, reduces the level of cholesterol in blood, and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
• It is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular diseases
• It is used to treat impaired immune function. .
• Some researches show that, drinking green tea regularly may help prevent tooth decay by killing the bacteria which causes the dental plaque.
The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea since ancient times, using it to treat everything from headaches to depression. In her book Green Tea: the Natural Secret for a Healthier Life, Nadine Taylor states that green tea has been used as a medicine in China for at least 4,000 years.
Today, scientific research in both Asia and the west is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea. For example, in 1994 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent. University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.
To sum up, here are just a few medical conditions in which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful:
• rheumatoid arthritis
• high cholesterol levels
• cardiovascular disease
• impaired immune function
What makes green tea so special?
The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter takes on added importance when you consider that thrombosis (the formation of abnormal blood clots) is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.
To date, the only negative side effect reported from drinking green tea is insomnia due to the fact that it contains caffeine. However, green tea contains less caffeine than coffee.
Japanese scientists at the Saitama Cancer Research Institute discovered that there were fewer recurrences of breast cancer, and the disease spread less quickly, in women with a history of drinking five cups or more of green tea daily.
In 1849 Dr. Jameson conducted a feasibly survey of the valley of Kangra in HP and found it suitable for tea cultivation. He brought chinea tea plants from the nurseries at Almora and Dehradun and planted them in Government gardens at Kangra, Nagrota and Bhawarna. Despite having suffered a good deal during transit the plants performed excellent in growth. This encouraged the government to go ahead for the establishment of tea industry in the valley.
Kangra tea industry occupied prime position with respect to its quality from the last quarter of the 19th century till date. Tea made in kangra during this period is comparable with that of every part of the world.
Both black and green teas are manufactured in the kangra valley. Earlier black teas were manufactured by the Britishers only while the green tea by the native proprietors because the green tea manufacturing required very less machinery and also the market for green tea trade was available at Amritsar.
Predominating kinds of black teas were Pekoe, Pekoe Suchong, Coarse teas and Fanning’s. While in green teas Hyson, Young Hyson and Coarse grades were popular. The good quality teas were packed in lead and wooden cases while coarse grades in coarse bags.
In Himachal Pradesh tea is grown in the Mandi and the Kangra districts over 2063 hectare area. Kangra renowned ads “the valley of gods” is famous for its distinct flavoured tea. Today tea in Kangra is dominated by few major tea gardens viz. Palampur co-operative tea factory, Manjhee valley tea estate and the Wah tea estate. The rest are small growers.
So this sums up pretty much everything I have ever read about green tea.
The above information was taken all over from wiki, times of India and lot of other search links.
Here given below is my personal experience with the 2 different kind of green teas starting with khadi kangra tea
Why Buy Khadi Kangra Green Tea
• First of this is the mildest and amazingly flavoured green tea I have ever tasted.
• U know when u kind of get a chemicalised feel while sipping tea from international brands like twinning’s, this does not have that. In the picture you can clearly see that these are basically just tea leaves dried up and packed in a box.
• To my eyes this is the purest form of any tea i.e. without processing or any other preservatives I can get.
• The aroma is magical start my day with a cup of green tea and it has been a gradual shift from our regular chai to this for me.
• This is easily available at all the khadi stores in major cities.
• Must must try for beginners ,who want to start consuming green tea
• Great replacement for coffee and has a little but not much caffeine content.
• Very relaxing, a cup in the morning will prep you up for the day.
• Any green tea is relaxing.
• Boosts stamina. Yes it does work for me
• When I drink this I feel as if am drinking something healthy so I have no guilt later on. Like if I have too much chai in a day I later regret having it even though I needed the kick. With this it does not matter the more the merrier 🙂
• With the research result it helps reduce cancer risks, dental cavities, increases metabolism and even though I have been skipping on my exercise and daily walk due to studying burden I somehow feel this helps. It can be just psychological with me but I do feel am drinking something which is helping me increase my metabolism.
• This one especially is the one is ticked too for the longest time for its lightness, affordability and quantity you get.
• 12 months of shelf life and price of rs 120 and you get tea leaves straight from the valleys of kangra.what more do I need?ah, life is beautiful.
• Again it is from khadi. I love buying from khadi.BE Indian buy Indian
• It is so easy to preapare; you can just boil water and pour them over these leaves.
• I do not boil the green tea. I instead pour boiling water over it as boiling the tea harms its goodness.
• The only bad is I wish it was available in even small town khadi ashrams like mine. i.e karnal but it is not
• I go to Delhi once a month to fetch my stock and love it to bits. I get it for my friend too 😉
ABOUT FABINDIA TULSI GREEN TEA
• This was the second green tea after I tried twinnings.
• I was delighted when I saw the box say tulsi-green because it came with added benefit of tulsi (holy basil), which we all being Indians know how super duper healthy it is.
• Before I had tried the kangra green tea this was good. It had a slight herbal taste of tulsi and the goodness of green tea to it.
• But after I brought kangra I never looked back to it. Infact if now I try to have the leftover of it I dislike it. I feel as if it’s some coloured water.lol
• What I like about it is the packaging .it is a very beautiful green tin container and the green tea comes further packed in a vacuum packing in the tin.
• The tin itself is airtight. Keep the tea fresh even after you have opened the packet inside.
• Says the same benefits of green tea strengthen immune system, prevent tooth decay, stress relieving along with the added goodness of tulsi which has been familiar to us for more than 5000 years and has a significant mention in our Vedas for its antiseptic properties.
• Tulsi also for all the properties it has is called the ‘queen of herbs’, I was tempted to mention something more about it but this post will get dangerously long. Rofl
• This as compared to the kangra tea has a shelf life of 2 years.
• Also widely available at all the fabIndia stores across the nation unlike the kanga one.
• This is a perfect remedy to give to someone who is sick and has a bad chest infection or usual cough or cold as it has tulsi in it.
• I stuck to this one until I found kangra. Then when I started drinking that I liked the taste of green tea only better than the tulsi –green tea mix as this is even milder than the kangra one.
• Priced at rs 160 this is a little expensive in comparison with the other one.
• On the container it says if you buy this you support an environmental movement. Not much detail mentioned but as it is associated with fabIndia it’s got to be something crucial.
• The tea looks like finely powdered tea medium fine. Alongwith these tiny dry leaves which might be tulsi.
• It looks like a tiny spoon of herbs when you put one in the boiling water.
• The method of preparation is the same you DO NOT boil the tea.
• It has nil cholesterol and is USDA approved
• I normally have both of these without sugar.
• You can also prepare cool green tea with the instructions mentioned on the boxes. I like my tea hot.
In the end I would just conclude by saying I started having green tea for health reasons and now I cannot survive without it.it has helped me shift from the too much caffeine in chai and coffee and has given me a feel good feeling and metabolism boost.
I would recommend everyone to try any one of these depending on your preference and for stronger green teas try the twinning’s or Tetley green tea available.
Stay healthy-stay chirpy