Green Tea is a great summertime drink to enjoy poolside as it can be sipped either hot or cold and help you get the most out of your long summer days. Tea has been a popular summer beverage for a long time, but sugary sweet teas can drain energy faster than they provide it. Find out why Green Tea is the perfect summertime drink with 3 reasons to drink tea this summer.
Caffeine, But Not Too Much
Green Tea has enough caffeine to help keep you going through the long summer days. The average amount of caffeine in an 8 ounce (230 ml) serving of Green Tea is around 35 mg. However, this can vary between blends. The actual amount can be anywhere between 30 and 50 mg per 8 ounce serving .
Because of this moderate amount of caffeine, tea won't dehydrate you and can even be hydrating on hot summer days . Rather than drinking copious amounts of coffee on hot summer days, which can dehydrate you quickly, swap it for a refreshing tea that also has ingredients that boost your metabolism and immune system while hydrating you. VitaCup's Probiotic Infused Green Tea Bags are a great summertime tea drink to help your gut flora thrive.
Matcha, Metabolism, and Mood
Matcha is the ceremonial grade of Green Tea powder and has been used for centuries to fight inflammation and boost the immune system. Matcha is found in most high-end Green Tea blends and enhances the natural metabolic benefits of Green Tea, as in VitaCup's Green Tea Pods.
Matcha also contains the flavonoid, or naturally occurring plant pigment, EGCG which is a powerhouse ingredient on its own. EGCG is responsible for the metabolism-boosting benefits of Matcha. EGCG also promotes brain health and a positive mood, and studies have shown that it may have a positive impact on Alzheimer's and Dementia . So get to sipping!
If Green Tea on it's on isn't your cup of tea, try our Recipe for a Sparkling Green Tea with Ginger and Lemongrass.
Unlike Coffee, Green Tea has a lighter flavor. Green Tea is often said to have an "Unami" taste that hits a category of a character similar to what we would consider being "savory." This rich flavor is enhanced with ceremonial grade Matcha Powder, which deepens the earthy taste profile. This taste is due to the "Glutamate" present in Green Tea, which provides a distinct trigger to specific tastebuds. Whereas Monosodium Glutamate is a Synthetic Glutamate, the Glutamate found in Green Tea is a positive, naturally occurring compound that can improve gastrointestinal health and actually help heal digestive issues, like ulcers.
The earthy flavor of Green Tea is one that you can enjoy all summer long that won't leave you with a heavy aftertaste.