Removing the bitterness of its green tea: good or bad practice?

Should the bitterness of its green tea be removed?

Who has never made faces while taking a bitter infusion? In general, green teas are associated with bitterness. This is what many people prefer not to take. However, green tea is not necessarily very bitter. It all depends on the method of brewing. Should you eliminate the bitterness of your green tea before taking it? That is what we are talking about in this article.

Why is green tea bitter?

The bitterness of the green tea is essentially related to compounds whose release into the infusion depends on time and temperature. Chemically speaking, when the molecular weight of an organic substance is high, it tends to become bitter. Contrary to what some people think, green tea is particularly sensitive and it is up to you to pay attention to certain details during preparation. To succeed in your brew, it is advisable to keep an adequate water temperature (between 80 and 85 degrees Celsius or less in some cases).

While green tea is widely consumed in Asia, it has gained wide popularity in other parts of the world in recent years. Present on all continents, this infusion is widely acclaimed for its many health benefits.

The health benefits of bitterness

When the tongue feels the bitter taste of green tea, the appetite is stimulated and the body reacts by secreting the digestive enzymes. In addition, the bitterness felt activates liver functions and allows the liver to release more bile to aid digestion. By their ability to stimulate intestinal peristalsis, bile secretions promote the evacuation of toxins. In addition, the bitter taste of green tea prevents the appearance of parasites, especially intestinal worms. In addition to relieving thirst, bitterness cleanses the mouth and throat, promoting good hygiene.

In addition to its benefits on the digestive system, green tea has many properties useful to the body. Indeed, its bitterness:

  • Helps reduce nausea
  • can help lower the temperature in case of a fever
  • would purify breast milk according to some;
  • relieves itching and corrects skin problems
  • eliminates fat mass
  • dries up excess moisture in the body
  • Etc.

It is clear from all of the above that it is not advisable to remove the bitterness of your green tea. If your infusion is too bitter for your liking, however, you can reduce the brewing time or lower the temperature of the water used.


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