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Is drinking Hibiscus tea good for your health?

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You’ve probably read online some  vague comments like “studies prove a positive link between hibiscus consumption and reducing cholesterol”. The jury is still out on the claims that drinking hibiscus tea can lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation and even kill intestinal worms. There is some evidence to suggest the hibiscus is a mild laxative and in some parts of Africa, people drink hibiscus tea to lower their body temperature (living in Asia, we’re familiar with the idea that eating some fruits such as lychees can make us feel hotter).

What can be said with confidence is that hibiscus is caffeine-free and virtually calorie-free. It tastes especially delicious with strawberries, which are in season in Hanoi right now.

The story behind…. Matcha

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What makes matcha tea different from other Japanese green teas is that it is grown entirely in the shade, which gives the leaves a higher chlorophyll content than normal teas. After harvesting, the leaves are dried and then ground into a fine powder. Matcha powder is mixed with boiling water with a whisk to achieve a light, fluffy tea with a cloudy appearance and a sweet taste. The health benefits of matcha are amplified because when you drink this tea, you’re ingesting the whole tea leaf. It is rich in anti-oxidants and fibre, and contains a relaxant called L-theanine, making it a favorite with Buddhist monks, many of whom drink matcha to enhance meditation.