President Barrack Obama enjoyed green tea ice cream served at a Japanese state dinner attended by the Emperor and Empress of Japan. In a story in USA Today, Obama was served a green tea dessert sculpted in the shape of Mount Fuji.
“They have the green tea at the bottom that I’ve spoken of having when I was six (years old), and I was very pleased,” Obama said. “It was delicious.” Obama enjoyed the green tea ice cream dessert so much that he praised it to the press and to the Empress of Japan.
Green tea is frequently consumed in Japan as a beverage and also as an ingredient. It is rich in polyphenols that are associated with numerous health benefits.
Studies over the past ten years have provided mounting evidence that green tea polyphenols can affect human and animal health in many positive ways. Such polyphenols can also provide strong antioxidant effects in non-biological systems. Green tea has demonstrated antioxidant, antibacterial, anticariogenic, thermogenic, weight control, kidney protecting, deodorizing, and blood glucose and blood lipid controlling properties.
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