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Have you seen that “unicorn” drink that changes colors? If you have, were you also mesmerized like me? I’m talking about the drink that you see around Instagram and facebook that turns from dark blue to purple to magenta. When I first saw it, my first thought was, “Wow, how did they do that?” And then I discovered the Butterfly Pea Tea.
Now, I still don’t know if those tea shops I saw used real Butterfly Pea Tea to make the unicorn drink. But this tea is awesome, delicious, it changes colors and can be used for brewing Kombucha tea.
What is the Butterfly Pea?
Butterfly Pea, also known as Clitoria Ternatea, Blue Ternate, Blue Pea, Asian Pigeonwings, or Cordofan, is a herbal tea or tisane that is native to Southeast Asia. It is used in Asian cooking as food coloring, garnish to salads and as tea. When used as tea, it changes colors as the pH level changes. That is why when you add lemon, the color changes from blue to dark purple or magenta.
What are the benefits of butterfly pea?
Clitoria Ternatea is not just used in Asian cooking because of its color, but also because of its health benefits. Like green tea, butterfly pea flowers are rich in antioxidants. According to this study, it helps in protecting the body from age-mediated diabetic complication by fighting against glycation, a process in which a sugar molecule bonds with a lipid or protein molecule that usually causes premature skin aging. This study also shows that Butterfly Pea is effective in treating inflammation. Blue pea also contains cyclotides, the peptides that have antitumor effects. Although more studies are needed to prove the effects of Butterfly Pea to cancer, it has a potential.
How to Make Butterfly Pea Tea
Serving: 1 cup
What You Need:
- Butterfly Pea Tea (You can get it here)
- Sugar or any sweetener of your choice (optional)
- Bring water to boil until 90 degrees Celsius. Pour water in to your cup.
- Add 1 gram of butterfly pea tea. Steep for 5 minutes.
- Remove tea and add sweetener if you like.
- Serve and Enjoy
To make Kombucha tea using Clitoria Ternatea, please go to this link.
How to Make Blue Rice
Blue Rice is famous in other parts of Asia. Here’s a recipe on how to make it using Butterfly Blue Pea.
- ¼ cup dried Butterfly Pea Flowers or Butterfly Pea Tea (get it here)
- 1 cup rice
- 2 cups water
- Start by boiling ½ cup of water. Once it starts showing bubble, turn off the heat and add ¼ cup of butterfly pea flowers. Let it steep for 5 – 10 minutes. Remove the flowers.
- Mix the water that has now turned blue to the remaining water. Pour it in to your rice cooker.
- Rinse your rice once or twice then pour it in to your rice cooker. Cook like how you cook a regular steamed rice.
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Green tea is one of the most popular beverages all over the world. It originated in China, but has spread throughout Asia. Unlike Black and Oolong tea, it didn’t go through withering and oxidation process.
Christopher Ochner, a research scientist in nutrition at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, claims that Green tea is the healthiest drink you can think of.
“Green tea is the healthiest drink you can think of.”
What’s in Green Tea?
Green tea is a nutritious drink. It contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium and Sodium. It is notably known to contain antioxidants, particularly polyphenols that help in preventing cell damage. http://www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/green-tea
What are the benefits of Green Tea?
Helps Preventing Heart Diseases and Stroke
Catechin, the natural chemicals found in green tea, helps in lowering down cholesterol levels. A study in 2012 shows that 821 people who consumed green and black tea daily have lowered their cholesterol levels, which is the cause of many cardiovascular problems.
It Improves Energy
Green tea contains caffeine. 100 grams of green tea contains 12 mg of caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant that improves our energy.
Green Tea Protects the Skin
A study published in 2007 concluded that green tea could help in treating inflammatory skin diseases such as psoriasis and dandruff. Those who were treated with green tea showed significant changes in symptoms. The Green Tea polyphenols, the antioxidants found in green tea, also help in protecting the skin from Ultraviolet radiation. A study in 2012 shows that it is helpful in prevent skin’s premature aging.
Green Tea Improves Brain Function, Lowers Risk of Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Memory Loss
Catechins, the antioxidants found in green tea, protects the brain from neurological disorders such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s diseases, according to this study published in 2008. This chemical particularly helps in improving the memory, which is the main symptom of these diseases.
Green Tea Improves Dental Health and Kills Bacteria
Green Tea such as the Sencha Green Tea can help in inhibiting the growth of streptococcus mutans, a bacteria that causes buildup of plaque that leads to cavities and tooth decay. Drinking green tea will also help in lowering risks of infection and bad breath.
Green Tea and Weight Loss
Although drinking green tea doesn’t directly burn fats, it can still help in weight loss. A cup of green tea contains only 2 calories per 8 fl. Ounces while the same amount of coca cola contains 92 calories. If you swap all the sugary drinks with green tea, you will most likely lose weight.
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According to the new study from the National University of Singapore, Chinese seniors aged 55 and above may benefit from drinking tea as it reduces the risk of cognitive decline by 50%. People who are genetically at risk to Alzheimer’s may lower their risk by up to 86% by doing so.
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