When did you last have a cup of tea? Besides water, tea is the most commonly consumed beverage worldwide.
In Canada, tea is increasingly popular among younger age groups. Specialty tea – tea that is not a typical black tea – is particularly popular among all age groups, including Millenials, also known as Generation Y.
Potential health benefits gained through drinking tea is one factor driving consumer interest. Compared to other teas, green tea has been extensively studied in relation to health.
This is due to the high content of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a flavonoid that is used in a variety of dietary supplements as well as cosmetics.
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Flavonoids such as EGCG may act as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial and it is these properties that support a role of green tea in maintenance of overall health.
Health Canada allows a food function claim for green tea (as unfermented leaves and/or bud from Camellia sinensis).
Products that are included in this function claim are the following: a green tea infusion brewed following the manufacturers directions that contains at least two grams or more tea leaves per 250 mL; one tea bag containing two grams tea leaves; or a reconstituted green tea product containing at least 0.8 grams freeze dried or spray dried tea infusion per reference amount and serving of stated size when prepared to manufacturers directions.
by Wendy E. Ward