In the news this week ~ hot chocolate mixed with Matcha green tea doubles the health benefits of the chocolate. “It adds a wonderful undertone of green tea taste to the cacao flaver,” says Oliver Kita, an award-winning Chef and Caterer who turned his artistic culinary talents to creating hand-made chocolates. He continues on, saying it elevates the taste experience to a new level as well as being a pleasurable lift of energy. “Matcha green tea is known to increase energy without the caffeine jitters, lower blood pressure, boost metabolic rate by over 35%, stabilize blood sugar levels, and decrease the “bad” cholesterol LDL,” he praises. “Take the time to evaluate and enjoy what you have, where you are now, and chocolate every day is a part of that experience,” he says.
Recipes that include Matcha Green Tea
in the mix is a popular trend.
The very inspiring story of “the last immigrant from Japan.” On The Epoch Times online, Mr. Yagi of New York, a visionary Japanese businessman, recalls his 1968 journey from Japan to the United States, and the epic stories of his many twists of fate and the journies that followed since. These days he operates a tea house in New York and the writer explains his experience of the Matcha tea ceremony thus: “The thick beverage arrived in earthenware, handmade mugs. According to tradition, the cup has to sit on your left palm while holding it with your right hand. Then one has to turn it halfway three times clockwise, drink it all at once, and then turn it counterclockwise halfway once. As we sat talking, Yagi pointed at the interior, elaborating that these places were customarily built from what nature provided in and around the places monks and their masters lived.” There’s far more fine reading available. Take the time to immerse yourself in the full story.
Matcha Green Tea is available
for your tea house too!
This, from Tucson, AZ: “In honor of Asian butterfly month in the Tucson Botanical Gardens Butterfly Magic Exhibit, Seven Cups Tea House will be offering free tastings of two famous and rare green teas, on Saturday, February 20th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.” The article goes on to say, “Zhuping Hodge, a certified tea master and tea scholar will be explaining Chinese organic farming and will talk about the teas being served. Eric Carr, a tea scholar who has been studying tea since childhood, will present information about the history of green tea and how it relates to the silk industry and the silkworm.” Sounds interesting!
News reports about the health benefits of green tea are always making headlines. An article regarding green tea extract and the treatment of uterine fibroids recently made press on webmd online. The essential component in the green tea is EGCG. “EGCG is a polyphenol in green tea and is a compound found in vegetables and fruits,” the article explains. Health claims regarding green tea or any herbal remedy should be discussed with your doctor, with your specific health conditions in mind.
In one case though, green tea was beneficial in helping “Laura shed four stones!” writes Dunfermline Press. Laura Muirhead credits tough sessions in the gym, protein shakes and green tea with helping her become the Motivate category winner of the UK Maxitone Body of 2009. “I was a couch potato, I went home and did nothing – just watch soaps all night,” she explains. “I lost it quite gradually over two years but I was really under-confident and I didn’t start training or taking supplements until I’d lost a bit of weight. Then I started using protein to tone up.” Further along in what is a really inspiring story, it continues, “And she revealed to the Press her secret weapon: Green tea. Eight to ten cups a day helps you burn an extra percentage of fat. It’s also anti-ageing!” she believes.
Matcha Green Tea is available here.