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What are “Natural Flavors”?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Have you ever read the ingredient lists on packaged foods and wondered, “What on earth are ‘natural’ flavors?” The term is incredibly vague! So, don your chemistry caps, grab a cup of tea and get ready to explore! In this piece we'll provide an intro into how natural flavors come about, why they are added and what MatchaAlternatives.com uses ourselves.

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What are “Natural Flavors”?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Have you ever read the ingredient lists on packaged foods and wondered, “What on earth are ‘natural’ flavors?” The term is incredibly vague! So, don your chemistry caps, grab a cup of tea and get ready to explore! In this piece we'll provide an intro into how natural flavors come about, why they are added and what MatchaAlternatives.com uses ourselves.

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The Health Benefits of Teas and Tisanes

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

The almost innumerable health benefits of tea vary in effect depending on the type of tea or herbal tea. Each does different things, and of course actions vary on how much tea you consume, the brewing temperature, the preparation method and how frequently you drink it. To give you an idea of how amazing herbal and true teas can be, I've given a brief summary of different health benefits attributed to these fantastic plants, looked at the tea vs coffee debate, and defined some of the more jargony chemical terms that every tea lover has seen but may not understand. 

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The Health Benefits of Teas and Tisanes

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

The almost innumerable health benefits of tea vary in effect depending on the type of tea or herbal tea. Each does different things, and of course actions vary on how much tea you consume, the brewing temperature, the preparation method and how frequently you drink it. To give you an idea of how amazing herbal and true teas can be, I've given a brief summary of different health benefits attributed to these fantastic plants, looked at the tea vs coffee debate, and defined some of the more jargony chemical terms that every tea lover has seen but may not understand. 

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Ultimate Guide to Brewing Tea and Tisanes

Posted by Elizabeth Taeed on

The difference between a great cup of tea and something that is best for watering plants is down to three key factors: time, temperature and quantity. Always make sure your tea doesn't over- or under-brew, that your water is the right temperature (some teas taste best in boiling water, whereas others will burn), and that you have used enough tea (to your taste!). Each tea and tisane is slightly different, so follow the below instructions carefully and you will have a gorgeous brew every time.

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Ultimate Guide to Brewing Tea and Tisanes

Posted by Elizabeth Taeed on

The difference between a great cup of tea and something that is best for watering plants is down to three key factors: time, temperature and quantity. Always make sure your tea doesn't over- or under-brew, that your water is the right temperature (some teas taste best in boiling water, whereas others will burn), and that you have used enough tea (to your taste!). Each tea and tisane is slightly different, so follow the below instructions carefully and you will have a gorgeous brew every time.

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The Dark Truth About Matcha Tea

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Matcha green tea powder has exploded in Western markets over the past decade, as its superfood reputation spreads. However, is it all it's cracked up to be? Is it truly king of the healthy drinks when consumers are going to Starbucks and drinking matcha lattes that are 50% sugar? It's also fiercely expensive, at up to $3 for a mug, at home! Is it the high antioxidant claims that have led to the title of king? The nutrient profile? There are MANY herbs that beat matcha by a long shot. Consider Moringa: this plant is also a preparation of ground leaves that are whisked into water and enjoyed similarly to matcha. Let’s also compare Rooibos and Honeybush, who are also strong contenders.

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The Dark Truth About Matcha Tea

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Matcha green tea powder has exploded in Western markets over the past decade, as its superfood reputation spreads. However, is it all it's cracked up to be? Is it truly king of the healthy drinks when consumers are going to Starbucks and drinking matcha lattes that are 50% sugar? It's also fiercely expensive, at up to $3 for a mug, at home! Is it the high antioxidant claims that have led to the title of king? The nutrient profile? There are MANY herbs that beat matcha by a long shot. Consider Moringa: this plant is also a preparation of ground leaves that are whisked into water and enjoyed similarly to matcha. Let’s also compare Rooibos and Honeybush, who are also strong contenders.

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Why You Actually Like Tea (Even Though You Think You Don't)

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Saying “I don’t like tea” is like saying “I don’t like food.” What if this whole time, you’ve just been preparing it wrong and something delicious is in store for you? Here is the definitive list of all the reasons you've been drinking your tea wrong, and what you can do about it.

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Why You Actually Like Tea (Even Though You Think You Don't)

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Saying “I don’t like tea” is like saying “I don’t like food.” What if this whole time, you’ve just been preparing it wrong and something delicious is in store for you? Here is the definitive list of all the reasons you've been drinking your tea wrong, and what you can do about it.

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