Tea has been drunk and used in herbal remedies for centuries and there is no doubt it has an amazing impact on your health. However, tea is not made equal and you might find that your favorite brand of tea doesn’t have the nutritional goodness you thought it did. In fact, you may be missing out on some really fantastic health benefits that you thought you were getting – but weren’t!
The reason for this? Fermenting.
Now, not all fermented tea is bad. In fact, most tea is processed in this way. The problem with the process, though, is that it strips a lot of the nutritional value from the leaves. Sure, you’re left with a tasty drink and there are no negative effect on your health – but it isn’t good for you either.
The mistake you, and many others like you, are making is by not experimenting with and trying tea which has been steamed. It’s a simple process that protects the leaves by using steam from hot water instead of roasting or fermentation.
An excellent example of this is the popular green tea. There is very minimal processing involved in making green tea and because the leaves are steamed instead of fermented, you’re left with a much more concentrated tea – both in terms of flavor and nutritional value. Also, it’s a much more natural way of processing the leaves. If you’re anything like me, you want to be as natural as possible.
This simple process is the reason green tea is so healthy. The catechins are unique to green tea and are jam-packed full of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) which countless studies have highlighted as the primary active ingredient that gives you all the health benefits green tea is associated with.
So here’s my suggestion to you: try drinking steamed tea leaves for a month and see how you feel. It doesn’t have to be green tea, and there is nothing special about green tea apart from it’s higher than normal EGCG levels, but you should definitely try some sort of steamed tea. Not only will you notice a purer, smoother taste, but you’ll get a nice health kick back too.
Still need convincing? I’ve already written an article which shows how great green tea is for you. All of those benefits (and many more too) are courtesy of our friend epigallocatechin-3-gallate.
If you need any more assurance or have questions you need answering before you make the jump to steamed tea, let us know in the comments. We’ll be sure to have you drinking better tea and living healthier!