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Posted by: leeyah87, Saturday, June 25, 2011, 9:39pm
Hi everyone!  I bought the Live Right for your Type book yesterday and read that I should be drinking green tea often.  I am planning on buying some today, but I know they are not all created equal, so I would love some recommendations on brands to try.  Thank you!
Posted by: O in Virginia, Saturday, June 25, 2011, 9:44pm; Reply: 1
I drink a cup Stash brand organic lemon & ginger green tea each morning.  I can find it at a couple of my local grocery stores.  Sometimes I have to hunt around for that particular one, but the brand seems fairly common.  I have a problem taking green tea on an empty stomach in the morning.  It makes my stomach a little queasy.  But I like this one (the lemon is actually lemongrass) with a slice of lemon and a teaspoon of agave.  Very tasty - and no queasiness!  There are a zillion brands of green tea out there.  I hope you find one that you enjoy.  :)

And by the way, welcome, leeyah87!
Posted by: 14428 (Guest), Saturday, June 25, 2011, 9:54pm; Reply: 2
Make sure you read the label because there can be a lot of additives. I like the one that O in Virginia mentioned, that's one of my favorites, there is also Kombucha tea which I think is nice. I buy organic as well.
Posted by: Victoria, Saturday, June 25, 2011, 10:04pm; Reply: 3
My favorite green tea is genmaicha, which is blended with toasted brown rice.  There are a number of brands, generally in natural food stores . . Eden is a pretty good store brand.  The best one is through Dr. D's store, called Mr. Itaru's tea.

I also like Matcha, which is powdered green tea. Two Hills is a brand with a good Matcha.
Posted by: Chloe, Saturday, June 25, 2011, 10:35pm; Reply: 4
This is my favorite flavor from MIghty Tea. I love the taste and aroma of jasmine.

http://www.amazon.com/Mighty-Leaf-Tea-Organic-15-Count/dp/B001E95KQA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1309040711&sr=8-2

I also drink Stash green tea

And I like Haiku twig tea (but it's from Japan and now questionable to purchase)  I happened to have
bought 15 boxes before the nuclear incident.  Probably have 8 boxes left...but when that runs
out, I'm probably not going to buy it again.

I buy tea from Teavana stores which are located in many malls throughout the country and also
online.

http://tea.teavana.com/?D=green+tea&Nty=1&N=0&Dk=0&Ntt=green+tea

This one is my favorite.
http://www.teavana.com/the-teas/green-teas/p/jasmine-dragon-phoenix-pearls-green-tea

And then I often buy any interesting green tea I haven't tried that is organic from the health food store.  Never found organic green tea to have additives.

I've tried Mr. Ituru's green tea.  I prefer the jasmine flavor over the toasted brown rice.  Just
me. :)
Posted by: 14922 (Guest), Sunday, June 26, 2011, 2:17am; Reply: 5
What about Pu-erh tea? I loooove the taste but I'm not sure if it's an approved tea as it's fermented and aged and much different than regular green teas.

Does anyone know if it's ok to drink?
Posted by: Lola, Sunday, June 26, 2011, 2:21am; Reply: 6
if not tested, consider it neutral unless susceptible
Posted by: Kristin, Sunday, June 26, 2011, 3:50am; Reply: 7
Quoted from 14922
What about Pu-erh tea? I loooove the taste but I'm not sure if it's an approved tea as it's fermented and aged and much different than regular green teas.

Does anyone know if it's ok to drink?


I would think only raw Pu-erh would classify as what we call green tea, and even then probably questionable.  :-/  The types of Pu-Erh I am familiar with are heavily fermented and aged for many years.

Posted by: ruthiegirl, Sunday, June 26, 2011, 7:49pm; Reply: 8
That "aged green tea" sounds more like a black tea, from a nutritional standpoint.  I'd personally avoid it since black tea is an avoid for me.

I personally drink two different kinds of green tea. Usually I drink the "temple of heaven" loose green tea from Fairway Market. It's the least expensive green tea I can find! I'd rather be able to afford to drink it in larger quantities, and this is still tastier than any of the bagged green teas I've found anywhere. I also buy Carrington brand green tea bags, for those times when a bag is more convenient. It's not very strong or flavorful, but it's very economical and I like to keep it in the house.

What I like about the Carrington brand (besides it being $1 a box at my local supermarket) is how it's just pure tea. I can get camomile, peppermint, or green tea and not worry about random additives like I do with Celestial Seasonings. I also like how it's minimally packaged, and I don't have extra wrappings around each tea bag to dispose of.
Posted by: grey rabbit, Sunday, June 26, 2011, 9:50pm; Reply: 9
I like Stash green tea, it is easy to find at the local grocery store. It is important to use very hot, but not boiling, water for green tea. Boiling water will make it taste bitter. I let my tea bag steep for about 3 -5 minutes and I save the bag for a second cup. The second cup is still tasty and has little-to-no caffeine. I have a Chinese friend who's mother always threw out the first pot of green tea (saving the leaves) so there would be less caffeine.
Posted by: Joy, Sunday, June 26, 2011, 11:56pm; Reply: 10
Hi,

I also drink Matcha tea (powdered green tea)  It is a very good quality.  Like GR said green tea should not be made with boiling water just hot water.  

This particular powdered tea can also be had cold with ice.

Hope you enjoy whatever green tea you choose.

Joy
Posted by: BluesSinger, Monday, January 18, 2016, 9:09pm; Reply: 11
Ok.. so I just got on the Matcha bandwagon!  Omygosh!  I make it with a Tsp or Matcha and some soy milk and stevia and it's so good!  creamy and delicious and a bit of a rush!

Is the caffeine the same as in coffee?   I really would like to know that it's not... sort of like my other fav tea is not.. Yerba Mate.  

I get a different type of high from Yerba.. softer... nicer...  

BUT with Matcha I don't think I can just drink it all day willy nilly like I do yerba!  

Thoughts?  Experiences?
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, January 18, 2016, 9:16pm; Reply: 12
I can't drink yerba mate or ANY form of green tea "all day willy-nilly" without it affecting my sleep.
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, January 18, 2016, 11:53pm; Reply: 13
There is considerably less caffeine in green tea than in coffee, unless you make it super, super strong.  Mate has a different stimulant.
Posted by: ginnyTN, Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 1:28am; Reply: 14
I don't think we are supposed to drink green tea "all day".  My personal SWAMI says two cups per day.

I make green tea and also hibiscus leaf tea or tulsi and mix them half and half.  That way I can drink more cups per day.  On the rare days when I drink straight green tea I find that I don't want more than 2 cups.  

I buy my teas in pound bulk packages which cost a lot less per cup.  Not the superior quality of genuine matcha or  Dr. D's green tea with toasted brown rice, but saves a bundle of money.  I do keep some of Dr. D's sip right 4 your type tea on hand for my blood type for special treats.  It IS special!
Posted by: Easy E, Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 2:55pm; Reply: 15
A good technique for green tea specifically is to let it steep at room temp. for 2 hours or so.  Get much more nutritional value from the tea and the caffeine is better balanced and much more of the other good stuff is in the tea.  The tea has a sweeter and fuller taste also.  Many herbal teas also work well this way.  Works well for yerba mate too.

I like this method because i dislike hot beverages.

Avoid getting teas from India or China also.  There may be some good ones from there, but i read a lot about industrial pollutants from rain leeching into the soils there, and the teas absorb these pollutants.
Posted by: DenverFoodie, Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 4:17am; Reply: 16
If you have been a coffee drinker the "Gunpowder Green Tea" is a good choice. It's a stronger tasting tea without much caffeine. It has been my "go to" tea for many years!
Posted by: SquarePeg, Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 4:46pm; Reply: 17
I like Whole Foods' 365 brand green tea.  It's organic and not too expensive.  I drink it hot, but I also cold brew 5 bags in a 32oz jar and then add agave nectar.  It's very refreshing this way.
Posted by: SquarePeg, Thursday, January 21, 2016, 9:55pm; Reply: 18
I also like Tazo Zen tea.  This is "a harmonious blend of green tea with lemongrass and & spearmint."  It's way more expensive, though.

While both the Tazo Zen and the 365 teas come in bags, the Tazo teas are individually wrapped, while the 365 are wrapped in packs of 10.
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Friday, January 22, 2016, 12:51am; Reply: 19
Someone said to not get teas from China or India.  From what countries should we get our tea? I dont know of many that grow tea. Rooibos is from Souitn Africa & is the main one I drink. I think there are some South American teas, but I don't think teas are labeled all the time......
Posted by: Easy E, Friday, January 22, 2016, 12:26pm; Reply: 20
Japan has very strict regulations for the way they make their tea, i read it is stricter than for the U.S. or EU.  I also read South India grows good tea.  I'm no tea expert but enjoy drinking tea.  I'm sure there is good tea that comes from China too.  There have been reports of heavy pesticide and pollutant levels in many teas grown in China and also in India.

I love rooibos tea!
Posted by: shoulderblade, Friday, January 22, 2016, 7:57pm; Reply: 21
Quoted from Easy E
Japan has very strict regulations for the way they make their tea, i read it is stricter than for the U.S. or EU.  


I think that Japan's food regulation overall is more stringent than the US, Canada or the EU. The problem here is that there are so many producers that one is at a loss as to who is legitimate quality and who is not.

I buy Japanese Organic at my local health food store based mainly on its origin. It is probably the most expensive option available but on a price per cup basis it is cheaper and more health friendly than other beverage choices. :)

Posted by: Chloe, Friday, January 22, 2016, 10:11pm; Reply: 22
Quoted from ginnyTN
I don't think we are supposed to drink green tea "all day".


Just saying....but my husband was told to drink 5 cups of green tea per day by the shift at the clinic.....That pretty much  means he's drinking it most of every day.  I'm supposed to drink 3 cups...which means I'm drinking one cup with each meal or after a meal.

Wanted to point out that Sip Right Teas contain green tea.

I know I wrote in 2011 that I preferred Jasmine green tea....I still like it but got hooked on
Mr Ituri's green tea in the past few years and generally drink it at least 2x per day.
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Saturday, January 23, 2016, 1:13am; Reply: 23
What about radiation in Japan from the nuclear problem of 2011?
One of our friends said she wouldn't buy Japanese tea because of that.  
Is there a time when it becomes safer. From my knowledge of science, I would think a long time!
Posted by: BluesSinger, Saturday, January 23, 2016, 4:58pm; Reply: 24
My favorite has become Matcha.. I found a great online source and price on Ebay!!!  

love the stuff!!!  not bitter at all!  
Posted by: Easy E, Saturday, January 23, 2016, 7:30pm; Reply: 25
My sister once bought me a loose leaf white tea called silver needle.  It was good.  
Posted by: 75648 (Guest), Saturday, January 23, 2016, 7:52pm; Reply: 26
Quoted from Mrs T O+
What about radiation in Japan from the nuclear problem of 2011?
One of our friends said she wouldn't buy Japanese tea because of that.  
Is there a time when it becomes safer. From my knowledge of science, I would think a long time!


I'm sure most of the Japanese tea growing areas are in southern areas where it's warmer and humid

The Sencha green tea I sometimes buy is from around Kyoto, probably about 200 miles away from Fukushima

I’m more concerned about Chinese tea with that heavy pollution from their industrial growth





Posted by: Chloe, Saturday, January 23, 2016, 8:12pm; Reply: 27
Quoted from 75648


I'm sure most of the Japanese tea growing areas are in southern areas where it's warmer and humid

The Sencha green tea I sometimes buy is from around Kyoto, probably about 200 miles away from Fukushima

I’m more concerned about Chinese tea with that heavy pollution from their industrial growth


I won't buy Chinese tea for the same reason....Mr Ituri's tea which is sold by NAP is from Japan...but do not
think Dr. D would sell it if it wasn't safe.

Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 1:49am; Reply: 28
Quoted from Chloe


I won't buy Chinese tea for the same reason....Mr Ituri's tea which is sold by NAP is from Japan...but do not
think Dr. D would sell it if it wasn't safe.


Mr. Itaru's tea is farmed far south by southwest and inland from Fukushima.  The radiation from the nuclear reactor seems to travel mostly east.
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 4:27am; Reply: 29
Quoted Text
Dr D
Itaru is on the other side of the trade winds. You'd be worse off drinking tea from California.
Posted by: A HealthNut, Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 7:06pm; Reply: 30


I drink Stach tea also....ginger & lemon, cinnamon, red dragon(red tea has the same antioxidants as green), and green tea. I purchased an Echinacea tea but when I saw the warning on the label I took it back. I don't have arthritis but I do have inflammation in my joints so I was afraid it would cause problems. Does anyone else drink enchicea tea or have any side effects.


* Warnings

Consult a healthcare provider prior to use if you have rheumatoid arthritis, an auto-immune disorder or a progressive systemic disease such as tuberculosis, leucosis, collagenosis, multiple sclerosis,
AIDS or HIV infections, or if you are taking immunosuppressants.

Do not use if you have known allergies to plants of he Asteraceae (daisy) family such as calendula, chamomile, echinacea, safflower or yarrow.

Do not use if pregnant or breast-feeding unless directed  otherwise by your doctor.*

Posted by: RedLilac, Sunday, January 31, 2016, 3:38pm; Reply: 31
I drink Sip Right, Yogi & Health King.   I'm bummed the Sip right got rid of the bags & is now loose.  I travel for work about 2 weeks a month, so need bags to take with.  Also when I am in the office, I don't want to mess with loose tea.  So now, the Sip Right is just at home.
Posted by: Amazone I., Sunday, January 31, 2016, 4:14pm; Reply: 32
ther's a certain grean tea & lemon I can have without any problems but then do I prefer the so called "white tea" which is nothing but first flush greentea... much milder and more floral in its taste and less of cafeine in ;)....
Posted by: san j, Monday, February 1, 2016, 5:11am; Reply: 33
Quoted from RedLilac
I drink Sip Right, Yogi & Health King.   I'm bummed the Sip right got rid of the bags & is now loose.  I travel for work about 2 weeks a month, so need bags to take with.  Also when I am in the office, I don't want to mess with loose tea.  So now, the Sip Right is just at home.

Hear, hear.
I used to recommend the Sip Right teas to folks I knew used teabags/sachets.
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