Japanese Tea Taste Test [Can you say Sokenbicha?]

Japanese Tea Taste Test [Can you say Sokenbicha?]

Fooducate blog reader and tea lover Julia recently received a sample pack of a new Japanese tea brand called Sokenbicha (“SO-can-BEE-cha”). It comes in 5 flavors (based on a holistic 5 elements theory – earth,wind, wood, water, and metal): Revive, … Continue reading

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Another Health Halo Shattered – Bottled Teas Contain Virtually no Antioxidants

Another Health Halo Shattered – Bottled Teas Contain Virtually no Antioxidants

Tea is the world’s most widely consumed beverage, not coffee. Just in the US, the market last year stood at $7 Billion in sales of tea bags and bottles, including iced tea. The industry has quadrupled itself since the early … Continue reading

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Sobe Energize Green Tea – Closer to Pepsi Cola than Health Elixir

Sobe Energize Green Tea – Closer to Pepsi Cola than Health Elixir

When you’re thirsty for something sweet and tasty, yet don’t want to drink an unhealthy cola, do you reach out for an iced tea drink? Do you placate your conscience by reading the label promising you improved well-being and exotic … Continue reading

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Worthless Health Claims – Get Ready for More

Worthless Health Claims – Get Ready for More

Over at the LA Times Health Blog, Rosie Mestel updates on a new lawsuit targeting the FDA, demanding less stringent standards for placing health claims on foods and supplements. An example is selenium, which manufacturers would like to embellish to … Continue reading

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New Beverages in Japan – Green Tea Coke, Basil Pepsi

New Beverages in Japan – Green Tea Coke, Basil Pepsi

Japan gets hot in the summer. A hot Tokyo train ride during rush hour is no treat. So cold beverages are available for sale in vending machines all over town. Now, catering to growing interest in healthy drinks, both Coca … Continue reading

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Nestle, Coke Back off on Tea Drink Health Claim

Nestle, Coke Back off on Tea Drink Health Claim

  It took a lawsuit, but Nestle and the Coca Cola Company, who jointly market Enviga Green Tea, need to stop claiming it reduces weight. From the LA Times: Connecticut Atty. Gen. Richard Blumenthal began an inquiry in 2007 seeking … Continue reading

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