Those of us who are interested in the health benefits of drinking green tea are delighted to see that a Mayo woman has just launched here own bottled-brew which is being sold in shops and restaurants all over Ireland.
Mariko Sparkling Green Tea is Ireland’s first carbonated 100% natural green tea and it is brewed by Christine McAndrew from Glencastle, just outside Belmullet.
Mariko Sparkling Green Tea contains no sugar, no fat and no calories, and has high levels of antioxidants, according to Christine, who launched her product in Belmullet at the end of 2013.
The Erris entrepreneur says she has had a fantastic response from shops, pharmacies and restaurants and Mariko Sparkling Green Tea is now becoming available all over Ireland.
And why promoted Christine to start brewing green tea?
“While travelling abroad some years ago, I was amazed to see how many different types of teas she was offered when visiting family and friends.
“I was unsurprised to find that tea is quickly becoming one of the world’s most consumed beverages and that the research surrounding green tea and its health benefits has boosted its popularity.
“This prompted me to experiment with creating a unique and wholesome beverage. Years of hard work and dedication has resulted in an amazing achievement in Mariko – a healthy, refreshing and naturally delicious product.”
Contains high levels of antioxidants
Mariko is made from pure green tea leaves, called Sencha, which contain high levels of antioxidants, and is extracted using a unique brewing method. Unlike its international counterparts, Mariko is carbonated and does not contain artificial sweeteners, or sugar, or fat, or calories.
It is widely accepted that people choose green tea because they want to improve their health and lifestyle, or because they want to lose weight.
Indeed, Maureen Gallagher, Unislim Leader of the Year 2013, was delighted with the launch of Mariko.
Maureen said: “As a teetotaller, I would normally have diet drinks on a night out, but found that I was the one with the hangover the next day!
“Mariko is something that I will definitely be drinking on future nights out, and I also keep a bottle in my fridge.
“I gave out samples to my Unislim members last week and the overall feedback is very positive. The beauty of Mariko is that it is ‘free’ on the Unislim plan – it is certainly going on my weekly shopping list!