Can you get the same benefits of green tea by leaving the tea bag in your mouth than making a cup of tea?
This question may sound VERY strange, perhaps even stupid, but I REALLY hate the bitterness of green tea, so rather than putting it in water (to make a cup of tea) could I put a green tea bag in my mouth, and let it sit there, since it’s nutrients would become absorbed into my saliva, which you swallow?
I wouldn’t recommend putting the tea bag in your mouth directly! 🙂 That would probably just make it worse. Also, I believe I have heard that there are chemicals in tea bags which are carcinogenic. This is one reason why I will always recommend loose leaf tea. When you use bagged tea, all you have are the tea fannings and dust – or CTC (cut-tear-curl) tea, whereas with loose leaf, you have the whole leaves. Using anything less than the whole leaf would be a major factor in having bitter tea – the cut edges in bagged tea allow more of the flavor and bitterness to be released. Loose leaf tea tends to have a superior quality and flavor and will help you to find the tea that you like. There are also many more types of tea out there then you would probably think including the literally thousands of varieties of each of the six general types: white, green, yellow, oolong, black, and pu-erh.
A probable reason why you didn’t like the tea that you had previously is that you didn’t prepare it properly. When you use tea bags, many of the same principles apply as loose-leaf tea, including the temperature of the water and the amount of time steeping. For green tea, the water temperature should be around 170-180º F (temperature is crucial), and it should be steeped for less than 2 minutes. Also, you should use only one cup (8 oz) of water per tea bag so that the tea won’t be too light or too strong. Preparing the tea properly can have a major effect on the final quality of the tea. I’m sure that once you learn to prepare it in the right way, you will come to love it.
If you start using loose-leaf tea (which is a much better value when compared to bagged tea), you should do some research on the proper brewing techniques (such as on this webpage: http://www.cooksshophere.com/products/Pr… ) to be able to enjoy your tea to the fullest extent.
Here is a great place for buying loose leaf tea: http://www.teatrekker.com/main.htm
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