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green tea gum

Fight cavities and get a caffeine jolt to boot!
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Seriously - I would produce this if I had the means. Green tea has fluoride in it, so it's not just one of the best things you can put in your body, but also one of the best things you can rub on your chompers.

The caffeine in green tea doesn't give me the jitters the way coffee does, and I know some of you out there must agree.

Finally, when sweetened -- yes even with sugar if you must; it won't kill the benefits -- green tea tastes delicious.

tharsaile, Jun 13 2002

Umm... http://www.enteract...uoride_dangers.html
'Best things you can put in your body?' "According to the handbook, Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products, fluoride is more poisonous than lead and just slightly less poisonous than arsenic. It is a cumulative poison that accumulates in bone over the years." [StarChaser, Jun 14 2002, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Tea booster site http://res2.agr.gc....da/pubs/art17_e.htm
says, "Tea extracts as a chewing gum additive have proved effective as a means of freshening the breath and counteracting garlic, fish or tobacco odours. " [hello_c, Jun 14 2002, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Green Tea Ice Cream http://www.richards...vors_wholesale.html
Much tastier [DrCurry, Jun 19 2002, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Green Tea Soap http://www.californ....com/wsgreentea.htm
Or wash your mouth out with this [DrCurry, Oct 21 2004]

Green Tea Chewing Gum http://www.tearrowgum.com/greentea.html
[jutta, Oct 21 2004, last modified Dec 10 2006]


       A grudging crust - if you also propose a way to dispose of the chewed gum that does not disfigure carpets, pavements, street furniture etc.
8th of 7, Jun 13 2002

       to 8th: Hmm, until they come out with receptacles containing gumphagous bacteria (another half-baked idea?), I'd have to go with public education via ad campaigns. That is, the only reason I throw gum in garbage cans and nowhere else is because, simply, I was raised that way.   

       Since gum, and gum-chewers already exist, you can think of green tea gum as a replacement for ordinary gum.
tharsaile, Jun 13 2002

       I want some NOW!
reensure, Jun 14 2002

       starchaser: (shrugging) e, I've heard the arguments against water fluoridation, but believe me, I've got a lot of Chinese friends who would have killed for it. Don't believe everything you read. Actually, while *green tea* is one of the best things you can put in your body (I should have worded it more carefully) too much fluoride can indeed cause dental deformations (one of many reasons to keep your kids from swallowing toothpaste), but I think we're doing just fine.   

       hello_c (1) Thank you for the encouragement.
hello_c (2) HOLY EXTRACT, IT'S BAKED! Just when I thought I was a blackbelt Googlemeister. Thank you for finding that. I'm going to have to get back to that site and GET some of that stuff.
tharsaile, Jun 18 2002

       Just meant that putting out an 'all fluoride' sports drink or something would be a Bad Idea, and that it's not necessarily the best thing in the world.   

       I wonder if it's possible to get that gum anywhere? I like the idea and was wishing the same myself. I like green tea ice cream, too...
StarChaser, Jun 19 2002

       // green tea tastes delicious //   

       I drink 5 - 10 cups of green tea a day instead of normal tea. This is to avoid caffeine consumption, plus it's full of antioxidants so it's supposed to be really good for you.   

       I have grown to like it, but in my opinion it doesn't taste delicious - it tastes like rainwater with a fag butt floating in it.   

       I do love the cool film that you get on the surface though, and the way it all breaks up as you drink it. Everyone should try it for this reason alone. Or not.
sild, Jun 19 2002

       SILD! I feel an overwhelming compulsion to ask you to rethink the quantity that you drink, and that's not all.
• More than 3 cups a day, and you may be inviting pancreatic cancer. Ask your doctor.
• If you want to avoid caffeine, try herb tea. Green tea has quite a bit, although less than coffee or black tea. Depends on how long you brew it, too.
•That cool film on the top is not supposed to be there. I think you need to filter your water.
I realize I just monsooned on your parade, but it would be worse not too. Cheers.
tharsaile, Jun 19 2002

       Um...never heard of decaf tea? (My closet holds Earl Grey, Lady Grey, English Breakfast, and good, old-fashioned Orange Pekoe, all decafinated and all quite tasty.)
DrCurry, Jun 20 2002

       DrC: As you pointed out, you can get decaf non-green tea, so if your note is about my response to sild, I maintain that drinking green instead of "regular" (black, I assume) to avoid caffeine makes no sense.
tharsaile, Jun 20 2002

       Thanks for the advice guys - I might do a bit of investigation into the matter and revise my drinking habits accordingly. I try to avoid decaf stuff because they use all sorts of harsh chlorine agents to get the caffeine out don't they? I was worried about ionic residues or something. I haven't really looked into this however, and so may be making it up.
sild, Jun 20 2002

       Sild: I recall Caffeine used to be extracted using carbon tetrachloride or similar HCCs as the solvent, but I think it is now done by using deionised water at very high pressure as the solvent - much safer. But I could be wrong. I'll try to check on that one.   

       Green tea is good after a chinese banquet but as a True Brit I do prefer classic black tea, so strong the spoon will stand up in it, with full fat milk. And ginger biscuits. I blame the parents.
8th of 7, Jun 20 2002

       I don't particularly like tea, although I do drink a couple of bottled ones <hides until outrage subsides> occasionally. Arizona's Mandarin orange, and Sobe's 'green tea'. I do really like green tea ice cream, though.
StarChaser, Jun 20 2002

       Am I the only person in the world who thinks that green tea is almost tasteless? You might as well drink a cup of warm water.
DrBob, Jun 20 2002

       Earl Grey was the name of the old fellow who cleaned up at the tea shop. He would sweep up the day's leavings and take it home and brew it.   

       I have fooled some people with that story.
waugsqueke, Jun 20 2002

       There must be fifty different varieties of "green tea". Depending on your location and blind luck, you may find any or all of the following:
- Something that brews and tastes remarkably like orange pekoe. (Did they just mislabel the package?)
- Something that "tastes like rainwater with a fag butt floating in it". (That gave me a laugh, [sild].)
- Something that brews and tastes like grass clippings.
- Actual tea with a distinctive green-yellow color, mild flavor and a clean finish.

       If you get that last one, you'll come to understand why I like to sip green tea in the evening when my nerves are jangled from a rough day at work. Just don't steep your green tea too long or it goes very bitter.
BigBrother, Jun 20 2002

       StarChaser: Bottled tea ? WHAT ? Green tea ice cream ? To quote Dogbert, "What's the climate like on your planet ?"   

       DrBob: Yes, makes you wonder how restaraunts have the nerve to charge you three quid for it.   

       BigBrother: I've never noticed it go bitter on standing, mind you my palate isn't that sensetive under the thick layers of black tarry substance that precipitate out from my afternoon mug of PG Tips ....
8th of 7, Jun 20 2002

       [8th of 7] and [DrBob]: It's not so much that green tea has no flavor as that restaurant tea (of any variety) is just tinted water. I am convinced that the only way to get good tea at a restaurant is to insist that they bring you boiling water and tea leaves, and then you brew the beverage yourself.   

       Iced tea at restaurants is the worst ripoff. Seriously, try a tall glass of iced water and 1/2 packet of Sweet & Low brand sweetener. If you close your eyes, and randomly take a sip from either that glass or the one with iced tea, you won't be able to tell the difference.
BigBrother, Jun 20 2002

       Seeing as though you are drinking mostly water, water does matter. I've just recently discovered green tea (okay okay I've always known about it but never realized how brilliant it can be) and have been making it at home with loose leaves and spring water. Made the same lovely leaves at a friend's house with tap water and could hardly drink it. The comment about the cigarette butt floating around in it came to mind. Yeah. Subtle but so nice with the right water. And if you don't steep too long it won't release too much of the evil fluoride you get nearly right away with black tea.   

       The going bitter thing really depends on your variety. Dragonwell doesn't ever but then if you leave standing you do get that evil fluoride thing happening. More toxic than lead, only a little less than arsenic.
mangobait, Apr 29 2003

       I just noticed that a company is now making green tea gum, too, but it's not cheap. US$5 per pack!
tharsaile, Feb 07 2005

       Baked. I found this one time at a World Market store. Surprisingly, it was pretty good.
Abusementpark, Dec 10 2006


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