Tuesday, February 8, 2011

How much is too much when it comes to tea?

6, 14 & 30 oz tins

We here at MJB Teas believe you can never have too much tea which is why we sell our teas in larger canisters than our competitors. Usually, tea comes in a standard 4oz or 8 oz tin. Our teas, however, are offered in three generous sizes: 6 oz for the 'more than occasional tea drinker', 14 oz for the 'prolific tea drinker', and a very generous 30 oz tin for those who just cannot get enough of a good thing!
Our 30 ounce tin can get you through the deepest, darkest of winters with enough tea for you and a couple friends.
It has been a bit slow getting the website going, however, we have many more teas than what are listed.Estate teas: flavored black teas, oolong, white, green & yellow teas as well.
Ask, and you shall receive.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Tea words

The first cup moistens my lips...
The second cup breaks my loneliness
The third cup searches my barren entrail
The fourth cup raises a slight persperation
The fifth cup purifies me
The sixth cup calls me to the realm of the immortals
The seventh...I can take no more!

Ancient Chinese poem.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Green tea and weight loss

If you have been guzzling green tea as part of a New Year's resolution to lose weight, I have good news, and some not so good news for you. The good news is that drinking green tea is a healthy habit to start and maintain.

Green Tea's Powerful Antioxidants

Green tea's antioxidants, called catechins, scavenge for free radicals that can damage DNA and contribute to cancer, blood clots, and atherosclerosis. Grapes and berries, red wine, and dark chocolate also have potent antioxidants.
Because of green tea's minimal processing -- its leaves are withered and steamed, not fermented like black and oolong teas -- green tea's unique catechins, especially epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), are more concentrated. Quote taken from WEBMD.

American mug in back.

Drinking 6-8 cups of green tea (Chinese sized cups (they are much smaller) which would be about equal to 3-4 American size mugs of tea.) is how much tea you would need to consume to reap the health benefits.
So the bad news about drinking green tea. While tea is good for aiding in digestion after heavy meals, green tea does not help you lose weight. Sure, it contains caffeine which does raise your metabolism, but you cannot eat a diet heavy in fatty and fried foods and think that green tea will come to the rescue and miraculously you will not gain an ounce. Green tea should be drunk as an additive to an already healthy diet and lifestyle; like drinking 8-8oz glasses of water everyday. It's 'I drink green tea in addition to working out, getting enough sleep and eating a healthy diet', not 'I drink green tea, sit on the couch all day watching soap operas eating potato chips and oh, by the way, why haven't I lost any weight?'.
Green tea is not a magic weight loss 'pill' even if it is being hocked in the form of capsules. As I read on twitter the other day; 'the only tea that helps you lose weight, is the 't' in treadmill. It boils down to this, dear readers and tea lovers, in order to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle, you will need to eat healthy foods and exercise everyday. Don't forget to relax with a cup of tea now and again because; green, white, black or oolong, tea is a daily luxury from which we could all benefit.