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Hi all, 

I have read that green tea is excellent for many things, including its ability to protect joints. My question is about making sure about possible cross contamination. Are tea bags safe or do they contain gluten? I feel like I read somewhere that all might not be safe. If so, which brand of green tea do you recommend?

Thank you!

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I use tea bags all the time from various companies without worry. The only teas I worry about are those that are flavored like holiday blends. I have seen barley in those.

As far as green tea goes, I highly recommend the Ito-en Ryokucha Premium Green tea matcha blend. It has leaf and a little matcha in it. It is by far the best green I have had. It just steeps in water for 30 seconds (longer it becomes bitter). Not sure if it is found locally but Amazon has it:

http://www.amazon.com/Itoen-Ryokucha-Green-Matcha-Premium/dp/B004M89V6K

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Green Tea is amazing for a ton of things. For joints it can help to bring down inflammation in the joints. 

Whatever brand you decide on, you can always call and ask questions about processing, if it comes into contact with anything that contains gluten etc.  

 

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8 hours ago, Pauliewog said:

I use tea bags all the time from various companies without worry. The only teas I worry about are those that are flavored like holiday blends. I have seen barley in those.

As far as green tea goes, I highly recommend the Ito-en Ryokucha Premium Green tea matcha blend. It has leaf and a little matcha in it. It is by far the best green I have had. It just steeps in water for 30 seconds (longer it becomes bitter). Not sure if it is found locally but Amazon has it:

http://www.amazon.com/Itoen-Ryokucha-Green-Matcha-Premium/dp/B004M89V6K

That Tea blend sounds great ;)    I would caution that the Match may have the opposite effect of what we sometimes want green tea for (to calm and chill out with!) - Matcha can be quite stimulating!

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On 1/8/2016 at 8:02 AM, LookingforAnswers15 said:

Hi all, 

I have read that green tea is excellent for many things, including its ability to protect joints. My question is about making sure about possible cross contamination. Are tea bags safe or do they contain gluten? I feel like I read somewhere that all might not be safe. If so, which brand of green tea do you recommend?

Thank you!

A lot of teas in Japanese American restaurants are called green tea but in reality are other teas like gen mai cha or mugi cha. In both those cases the teas contain barley and can cause glutening -- at least in me.  Real 100% green tea does not but  often restaurants don't know the difference.  Ask to see the box the bags  came in if they are not sure or in doubt.

 


"Ryo tatereba mi ga tatanu"

If we try to serve both sides, we cannot stand our own ground.

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