Green Tea – the “Super” Tea

The green powerhouse conquers the global food world.

According to Chinese tradition green tea provides a variety of benefits:  it has invigorating and preventive effects and is of course one of the best detox drinks around. Regular green tea consumption is known to stimulate blood circulation and sharpen mental alertness. These are just a few of its benefits, please join us as we take a closer look at this powerhouse drink.

How is Green Tea different?

The preparation, the flavor, the substances it contains and the effects that infusion has are all some of the ways in which green tea is different from black tea.  . After the freshly picked leaves wilt, briefly heating, roasting or steaming the tea leaves prevents oxidation. The result is that nearly all of the active substances present in fresh leaves are preserved. Most of the health-promoting effects of green tea are attributed to the catechins. 

Delicious and cleansing drink

It is only after the tea leaves are picked that the processes for creating black tea and green tea become distinct from one another. Black tea results from fermentation and oxidization, during its production, nutrients like vitamin C are lost. Conversely green tea is  gently steamed making it a delicious and invigorating drink that supports health and boosts energy levels.  All green tea contains caffeine, which improves the mood and aids concentration. The L-theanine present in green tea is the reason it was the drink of choice for 12th-century Buddhist monks. L-theanine is associated with a feeling of “alert calm,” which comes in handy during meditation.

Health

The health & wellness benefits of green tea have been widely reported on, and consumers are increasingly taking advantage of them. Green tea contains flavones, anthocyanins, polyphenols and catechins, including a very high quantity of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). This particular flavone has been recognized in the prevention of rising insulin levels after meals. For this reason along with its naturally occurring caffeine that stimulates metabolism green tea is considered to be aid in weight loss. 

The new detox: softer calm

Due to its high chlorophyll content, green tea is a great help when used to detox because chlorophyll helps to remove chemicals and metals from the body. 

According to a Mintel study, launches of products that contain green tea have increased by 180% since 2011. Anything is possible, with products ranging from yogurt with green tea and pomegranate to green tea  and white chocolate cookies, consumers are delighted at the ever-increasing options. Ginger and Hibiscus are also a great way of combining green tea with great flavor and it also adds a detox dimension to Green Tea and is a perfect aid for the consumer who wants to loose weight, regulate high blood pressure or cure a common cold.

We at AGRANA Fruit have created great – and green - opportunities for our customers and their consumers: Applications for drinkable yogurt include green tea, kiwi, lime, chia & chlorella, smoothies can be composed of spinach, broccolis, banana and nectars can have a great taste of apple, pineapple, lime, cucumber & ginger. If you want to know more about these great concepts, please contact us for a customized presentation and samples tasting.