Added/Modified on December 25, 2014
Also Known As: Genmaicha Green Tea, Genmai Cha, Brown rice tea, roasted rice tea, popcorn tea, people’s tea
Genmaicha Tea is the Japanese name used to describe green tea combined with roasted brown rice.
Originally this tea was used because the rice served as filler and reduced the price of the tea.
When the green sencha tea leaves are being dried, rice is added and as the kernel roast, some of the grains pop, resembling popcorn.
The Genmaicha tea has a unique appearance with small fluffy pieces of what looks like popcorn, brown kernels of rice, and green, pine needle like tea leaves.
Once steeped, this tea is light yellow in color and has a mild green tea flavor, with an aroma of roasted rice.
What is Genmaicha Tea? Genmaicha Tea is made up of green sencha tea leaves and whole grains of roasted brown rice. This tea comes in bulk or bags.
Genmaicha Tea Preparation:
The optimum water temperature for Genmaicha Tea is typically 80–85° C or 176–185° F. ◦Use 1 to 2 and a half teaspoons of tea leaves for every cup of water.
◦Steep the tea for 3-5 minutes, depending on strength desired.
Enjoy hot or chilled, with or without sweetener, or sweetener. It is sometimes used with green tea powder added.
Benefits of Genmaicha Tea:
Genmaicha Green Tea is used to cleanse the palate and enhance the flavor of food. The tea is lower in caffeine than other green teas.
It offers several health benefits, including the ability to burn fat and to enhance and revitalize health.
Genmaicha tea is believed to enhance focus and mental function, boost the immune system, and increase metabolism and energy.
It promotes skin and teeth health, fights the aging process, and prevents wrinkles and spots. It is also used to block fat absorption, rid the body of excess water weight, and to fight heart disease and fight cancerous cells. The tea supplies antioxidants that help rid the body of toxins.
It is recommended in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism, thought to improve bone and joint health.
As a treatment for diabetes, it has been shown to increase insulin activity over 15 times, thus making the drink a healthy choice for individuals with diabetes. Studies show that drinking green tea helps the body function more normally by reducing glucose levels.
Side Effects of Genmaicha Tea:
The side effects of Genmaicha Tea have to do with green tea side effects. These can be nausea and stomach upset.
The caffeine in green tea can cause insomnia, nervousness, or irritability. Liver toxicity has been associated with green tea.
It is important to note that Green tea can reduce the absorption of iron. If you take iron supplements, green tea should be taken either two hours before or four hours after taking an iron supplement.
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