I must say I was delighted to see yet another article about green tea in this month’s O Magazine, written by Dr. Oz. Somehow, I doubt that Dr. Oz actually wrote the article, but I’m sure he gave his final approval for it. The cover article speaks directly about improving one’s health and is titled “Dr. Oz’s 28-Day Plan to Renew Your Body, Mind and Soul.” I immediately turned to Page 100 and there it was – a cup of green tea, thank you very much. I loved that it was actually “Day 1 – Go Green.” What could be better, I ask? As I read the paragraph, however, my enthusiasm waned a bit. Here’s the last sentence on the page: “If the astringent taste most of us are familiar with is a turnoff, turn the page for an assortment of delicious green tea blends.” Why do they do that, I ask myself? Why maintain the stereotype that green tea isn’t very tasty. Healthy, yes, but you’re probably not going to like the taste very much.
With a proactive approach in mind, I searched the magazine for the directory of editors and came upon Lucy Faylin, who is the Deputy Editor. I decided to give Lucy a call. In fact, I left a message for Lucy and was actually quite pleased with myself. Much to my surprise, I received a call back from Lucy’s assistant the next day. Unfortunately, the results were less than satisfying. From their vantage point, they’ve just published a piece about green tea and therefore weren’t even listening to my feedback. I patiently tried to explain that they were doing a great job highlighting the health benefits of tea, knowing it’s always best to begin with positive feedback. I then went on to say that the reason most people don’t like the taste of green tea is because they’re brewing it incorrectly. I added my innovative formula, which I explain as W+3T = the perfect cup of tea. This was met with an “I’m sorry, but we’ve just written about green tea.”
Needless to say, I was disappointed. Yes, they’re on the right track. They’ve even written about specific blends that are delicious and sure to please, beginning with Zhena’s Gypsy Coconut Chai, which, however, doesn’t even contain green tea!! If one is truly going for the health benefits, is it reasonable to go for the heavy blends? How much tea is actually in those tea bags? This is an internal battle I often have with myself. On the one hand, it’s vastly better than drinking soda or other beverages with high-fructose corn syrup. But here’s the rub – until people learn to brew green tea properly and enjoy the subtle and sweet taste of this delcious brew, they won’t be drinking green tea frequently and regularly, which is the way to realize the optimal health benefits.
So I ask you, T Ching readers, am I asking for too much?