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The Chemistry of Darjeeling Green Tea

The Chemistry of Darjeeling Green Tea

Chemistry may sound boring to some, particularly if it brings up memories of afternoons spent in stuffy classrooms being tested about odd words and numbers that never made any sense nor ever became useful to you. 

But to some of us, chemistry was great! It tells us why things are the way they are. It answers questions such as ‘why does green tea taste the way it does?’, or ‘why is green tea good for you?’. That’s all a question of chemistry!

So here are a few facts about the chemistry of green tea!

Why is Darjeeling Green Tea green and bitter? 

A particular chemical called a polyphenol is responsible for green tea’s colour, smell and taste.

Polyphenols are building blocks of many molecules that are in our foods and make up many of the antioxidants that help our bodies in a variety of ways.

The reason that green tea smells and looks the way that it does is because of the polyphenol chlorophyll. This famous molecule that turns leaves green is the same one that dies your tea.

The longer you let your tea steep in the water, the more chlorophyll will be released into it. The more chlorophyll there is, the greener and the stronger flavour your tea will have!

Why is Darjeeling Green Tea great for you?

The answer, as many of you may already know, is antioxidants.

Green tea has strong antioxidant properties. This means that the chemicals inside green tea help the body to clean itself and get rid of waste. And we’re not just talking about digestion, but also in cleaning the blood, getting rid of dead cells, slowing tumour growth and neutralising free radicals.

High in active components called catechins, particularly epigallocatechin-3-gallate, green tea is supreme among teas.

How should you drink Darjeeling Green Tea to get the most from it?

Add some lemon juice to your cup of tea. The highly active catechins present in green tea are best absorbed by the body if they can bond with vitamin C.

Serving up some green tea at the same time as some leafy greens or some fruit salad can make for a great snack or dinner, and will help your body make the most of green tea’s specific antioxidants.

The health benefits of the antioxidants typically don’t really start kicking in until your third or fourth cup, so what we recommend is to make a teapot and to drink freely from it throughout the day.

Also, don’t worry about that bitter taste! As soon as you add the lemon juice, take a bite out of watermelon or drink a spoonful of some delicious vegetable laden soup, the bitter taste will complement and refresh the palate, getting you ready for some more.

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