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High quality organic green tea

High Quality Organic Green Tea

Chances are good that if you are reading this you are looking for good ways to add healthy things to your current lifestyle. You may or may not have heard of green tea and the term organic may leave you thinking about tofu and weird recipes. Rest assured high quality organic green tea is not weird. First, you should know exactly what constitutes an organic product.

Organic

There are many products today that carry the organic label. You must remember that the term itself has different meanings. Where a product is produced as well as the exact wording on the packaging can equal different levels of organic. High quality organic green tea is no exception. Suffice it to say that you should look into the organic rules of the country from which the product comes to get the best idea of what you are receiving.

In the United States the term organic means that the product was grown and processed with no commercial pesticides or herbicides. All products will be free of contamination from industrial or human waste. For livestock this will mean being raised naturally with no antibiotics as injection or as an additive in their food.

Finding organic foods has historically meant a trip to the local farmers market. However, the recent growth in the industry has given rise to imports and exports of organic products, including green tea.

Green tea has long been known in its homeland for its medicinal properties. It has not been until lately that the information has spread west and spurred many studies. The health benefits that are being discovered are undeniable.

Green tea has properties that fight heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes. In addition to these benefits, there are also strong indications that green tea is going to be a powerful player in the weight loss industry. Antioxidants and catechins are showing to be instrumental in blocking glucose absorption of fat cells and flushing LDL cholesterol from the human body.

With all these great benefits why muddy the waters by ingesting the harmful chemicals that come from traditional growing practices. To avoid these it will be better to search for high quality organic green tea. All organic green tea many times is processed in traditional Chinese manner and shipped to you fresh. Better yet is a company that ships you loose-leaf organic green tea. Loose leaf will be more potent and medicinal than the bagged type that you will find at the local grocers.

What are the health benefits of green tea

What Are The Health Benefits Of Green Tea

When it comes to Tea and Weight Loss there are lots of claims about how it will help you shed pounds. But what is undeniable is that Green Tea can provide numerous Health Benefits. 

Green tea has been used in China, Korea and Japan for thousands of years for medicinal purposes, and modern scientific research has demonstrated that there is substance to medicinal claims. So what are the Health Benefits of Green Tea, and what is the scientific research to back the claims up.
Green Tea Increases the Metabolism
Both University of Birmingham and University of Geneva conducted a number of clinical trials. These demonstrated that bu drinking green tea your metabolism rates are raised, and fat oxidation speeds up. In addition the tests shoes that insulin sensitivity was improved and also improved glucose tolerance. What also came out was that in addition to the caffeine content there are also catechin polyphenols, which help increase the rate at which we burn calories.
Improved Mental Alertness
In Green tea there is an amino acid L-theanine which can positively effect the attention elements of the brain. This Theanine can help increase alpha brain-wave activity. This makes us more calm, and yet more alert.
Immune System Boosted
There was research undertaken in 2003 which revealed that the theanine (which is exclusive to the tea plant) can help the immune system of the body. In a test which compared coffee drinkers with tea drinkers, blood samples were shown to contain far higher (up to 5 times) more anti-bacterial proteins.

Improved Cardiovascular health
Studies undertaken at a University in 2009 showed that drinking tea improved blood vessel reactivity, and helped reduce blood pressure, and provided an overall better cardiovascular health profile.

In addition other Health Benefits of Green Tea include: Acts as Antidepressent Reduce risk of Stroke Improved Bad breath – the polyphenols inhibit the growth of bacteria. Reduces chances of cognitive impairment
So the health benefits of many – and whether you are drinking Green Tea to lose weight or not, you will benefit from the Health aspect of drinking Green Tea.

A refreshing beverage from tata tea

A refreshing beverage from Tata Tea

Tata Tea Ltd. is a private company founded by Ratan Tata the chairman in 1964 in Kolkata, India. Tata Tea Ltd. also known as Tata-Tetley is owned by Tata Group of India which is the second largest manufacturer and distributor of tea in the world. The other commodities that it sells apart from tea are pepper, cardamom, coffee and spices.

In India, Tata Tea is the largest tea brand whereas in UK and Canada Tetley is the largest tea company. By volume it is the second largest in US.

Tata Tea Ltd. has strong presence in India and Sri Lanka owning 51 tea estates especially in West Bengal, Assam and Kerala.

It is the largest manufacturer of Assam Tea and Darjeeling Tea. With Ceylon Tea manufacturing it is ranked as the second largest manufacturer. 70 million kilograms of tea is manufactured in India by Tata Tea Ltd. and its subsidiaries. It has 54 tea estates and 10 tea blending and packaging factories. Apart from India and Sri Lanka Tata Teal Ltd. has spread its tentacles to 40 other countries as well. In addition to Tata Tea and Tetley other major brands in the Indian market associated with Tata Tea Ltd. are Gemini, Chakra Gold and Kanan Devan tea.

Tata Tea Ltd. is mainly into foods and beverages. Off late it is trying to revamp its group companies and consolidate all its businesses such as water, soft drinks and tea into a single entity to ease its operational issues. As part of it soon there would be news about consolidating the Mt Everest Mineral Water with Tata Tea and Himalayan brand with Tata fold.

The herbal tea brand of Tata Tea is called as Good Earth. It would soon be outsourcing the manufacturing of its herbal tea brand to an existing joint venture in US to cut down costs as its production is miniscule in the US market. It has acquired this herbal brand in US, Good Earth from Good Earth Corp in addition to several other buyouts. So far Good Earth has been manufactured at the facilities of Tata Tea in US. But going forward it would be manufactured and produced by Southern Tea which can help them accrue nearly 5 crore rupees or $1 million. Britain’s tea brand Tetley is currently manufactured by Southern Tea for the US market.

To eliminate unwanted administrative costs Tata Tea wants to restructure its management operations in US market as well. It is concentrating on its subsidiaries in US which are Eight-O-Clock Coffee Co, FMali Herb Inc, Tetley, a plantation at Plant City in Florida along with Good Earth brands. Amongst these brands Eight-O-Clock Coffee belongs to Tata Coffee whereas FMali belongs to Tetley US Holdings which is a subsidiary of Tata Tea.

Summary

Despite the restructuring and reframing happening within the various subsidiaries of Tata Tea company it still continues to reign the tea industry making its presence strongly felt in the US and Indian market. Apart from the business point of view its ownership of the largest tea estates is a proof of the fact that it is in fact the largest manufacturer of tea in India.

Mirin mirin on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all

Mirin Mirin on the Wall, Who’s the Fairest of Them All?

What is mirin, why should you care, and what do we do about it?

Used in Japanese cooking since the 1600s, mirin (sweet cooking wine) imparts a sweetly rich and buttery profile that is deep and complex, providing incredible complexity to sauces, marinades, and glazes. It is the perfect vehicle for marrying the flavors of tamari, sesame oil, and ginger.

Because longevity and quality and true deliciousness matter to us more than price, we scoured the States and Japan to finally settle on the mirin we use– sourced from a small family operation in Japan that makes it nice and slow, the old-fashioned way. The mirin we use develops its complex by taste by ageing glutinous sweet rice for up to one year to create the natural, rich taste we love. Not only does this taste much better, it’s better for you than the mass produced, ready-made stuff available in your local supermarket (“flash” aged, and loaded with salt, refined sugar, MSG, and preservatives). So the next time you have Japanese food, ask what kind of mirin they use! And in the meantime, enjoy our Tofu!

Because longevity and quality and true deliciousness matter to us more than price, we scoured the States and Japan to finally settle on the mirin we use– sourced from a small family operation in Japan that makes it nice and slow, the old-fashioned way. The mirin we use develops its complex by taste by ageing glutinous sweet rice for up to one year to create the natural, rich taste we love. Not only does this taste much better, it’s better for you than the mass produced, ready-made stuff available in your local supermarket (“flash” aged, and loaded with salt, refined sugar, MSG, and preservatives). So the next time you have Japanese food, ask what kind of mirin they use! And in the meantime, enjoy our Tofu!

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