It took some time to start reading this because Ive been burned by books touting a single item (substitutes for Vioxx and Celebrex, the Coconut Oil Miracle, etc.). They often promise more than they deliver. I flipped to the back and found 11 pages of sources for this small book. I was impressed.
The claims made for green tea are impressive:
- Lower the risk of stroke by making blood platelets less sticky.
- Enhance the immune system by guarding against the oxidants and free radicals that weaken the bodys natural defense system.
- Help control blood pressure.
- Prevent normal cells from turning cancerous.
- Suppress the formation and growth of tumors.
- Help regulate cholesterol levels.
- Inhibit blood clots.
- Help control blood sugar levels.
- Slow the aging process.
- Aid in weight loss because it inhibits the breakdown of starch.
- Fight bacteria in the mouth that cause cavities and bad breath.
- Fight viruses, fungi and food-borne bacteria.
Frankly, this is a rather extensive list and the last one mentioned is a shocker. A single substance can fight both viruses and bacteria? Hmmm.
However, Taylor is sure of her facts and shares studies that prove her points. If you see the book in a bookstore, it sure is unimpressive! There are no glossy photos, no slick cover and no expensive paper. It is only the best book Ive ever read about tea.
The breadth of this small book is amazing. Most of the book is dedicated to explaining why green tea is so healthful. Then, Taylor talks about the history of tea and current trends (Did you know that Ireland is the greatest per capita tea drinking country in the world? This is as of the date of the books printing).
The following sections were welcome surprises: how to identify the various kinds of green teas; where to buy it (brands offered in retail outlets and mail order sources) and the details for:
- The best way to make tea.
- The Japanese and Chinese formal tea ceremonies
Finally, Taylor offers some intriguing green tea recipes (spiced green tea, green tea ice cream, etc.) and a Glossary of Terms.