Thursday, August 23, 2007

Review of foods and drinks made with green tea

More and more foods and drinks containing green tea are being released on the market—although there is an easier, calorie-free, more certain way to get all the benefits of green tea—drink green tea!

Green tea, rich in antioxidants, has long been praised for its healthful properties. In an attempt to make every bite count, food manufacturers have added green tea to sweet and savory foods and drinks, albeit with varying degrees of success. At best, it gives a nutty earthiness; at worst, it can taste as if someone dropped lawn clippings in the snack mix.

Food section staffers tasted 13 products with green-tea additives listed as an ingredient. In some items, such as the sodas, the green tea or matcha (fine, powdered green tea) was practically undetectable. But in chocolate and frozen treats, it overpowered other ingredients.


Some of the many products containing green tea that are available today.


—Mellow Monk


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