I have a love-hate relationship with green tea. I love it for all the wonderful benefits it has…. but so many green teas taste waaaay to grassy for me. Some I love ~ I drink jasmine green tea nearly every day ~ but plain green tea…. not so much.
I don’t like to sweeten it…. that doesn’t make the flavor much better. And while I love lemon and use it in everything else, it still doesn’t cover it enough for me.
Enter the lime ~ that fixed it all!
And not only does it make the taste work for me, but adding lime to green tea increases the nutritional benefits.
Green tea is known for its high levels of antioxidants (cancer-preventing compounds). These antioxidants, called catechins, scavenge for free radicals that can damage DNA and contribute to cancer, blood clots, and atherosclerosis. Because green tea is minimally processed, the catechins are more concentrated than in other teas.
And studies are showing that when citrus juice is added – lime, lemon, orange or grapefruit – the catechins are more likely to survive the digestive process and be more available for the body to absorb. It also works with black tea, but black tea has been fermented so has lower overall levels of catechins.
So the next time you enjoy a cup of tea, add a splash of citrus!