Is it good to eat tea? On Weibo, there is netizen claim he has the habit of drinking tea first and then eating the tea leaves. Some netizen claims that “He will feel like meeting someone that he has known for a long time when he saw someone drinking green tea and eating tea leaves. It is the feeling that the world is so big, but you can find someone like you.” Then, is it a good habit to eat tea? What’s the effect does eating tea has on the human body?
Is it good to eat tea? Eating the right amount help absorb the nutrition of the tea
We often hear drinking tea, rarely do we hear eating tea. However, in some minorities groups in China, people have the habit of eating tea. The minority groups in Yunan have such habit. Besides drinking tea, they like to make tea with various foods. Even though it is strange, but it has its own unique style.
It is heard that the preserved tea from Dai People is to put the fresh tea leaves into the sealed pithos. After several months, you can take them out, mixed them with dressing and eat them. However, the preserved tea made by Blang people uses the old tea leaves harvested in the early winter each year. The tea leaves will be steamed and dried before storing them in the bamboo pipes. Then, they will be buried under the ground for several months. They will only be retrieved for festivals or guests. They can be eaten with pepper and salt, or you can eat directly. The way of eating tea, minorities groups are different than Han people.
Expert claims eating tea is better for absorbing tea leaves
For Chinese people, the majority of the people are tea drinkers. The people who eat the tea leaves are relatively few. However, the benefits of tea are many. You can use them to make dessert or mixed with cuisines, or you can hold them in your month to eliminate the odor.
Professor Zhang from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, the nutrition of tea includes two parts: water-soluble and fat-soluble. The latter does not dissolve in the water. No matter how many times you brew them, they will stay in the tea leaves. Therefore, eating tea leaves can better absorb the nutrition in the tea.
The water-soluble nutrition includes catechins, vitamin C, amino acids. The fat-soluble nutrition is mainly vitamin E, carotene, dietary fiber, minerals, and chlorophyll.
Among the water-insoluble substances, vitamin E has the anti-aging effect. Catechine is an important nutrition, which contains polyphenols that have strong effects in eliminating oxyradical and anti-aging. The recent studies have shown that it cannot only eliminate stains, lose weight, but also lower cholesterol, blood lipids, and prevent influenza and kills leukemia cells.
Therefore, the expert advocates eating appropriate level of tea to make up for this deficiency by making the tea leaves into the ultra-fine powder and adding them into the foods. Eating these foods that contain tea can get the fat-soluble nutrition in the tea, and better take advantage of the nutritious value of the tea.
However, the tea will also contain pesticide residues and heavy metal. These harmful substances that can be dissolved into water are relatively small. But if you eat them, you will absorb more substance. Therefore, eating tea leaves should not be a habit, which will have the bad influence on a human body for a long term.