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BROWN RICE TEA : ORIGINALLY THE POOR MAN'S TEA

Genmaicha (玄米茶?, "brown rice tea") is the Japanese name forgreen tea combined with roasted brown rice. It is sometimes referred to colloquially as "popcorn tea" because a few grains of the rice pop during the roasting process and resemble popcorn. This type of tea was originally drunk by poor Japanese, as the rice served as a filler and reduced the price of the tea; which is why it is also known as the "people's tea". Today it is consumed by all segments of society.

The brown rice found in genmaicha is an unpolished whole grain brown rice. Since the grain is kept whole and not hulled, all nutrients in the rice are intact just as whole wheat grains are significantly healthier than whitened wheat. Brown rice grains are high in bran which contains thiamin, niacin, iron, fiber and phosphorous. These minerals play an important part in everyday dietary health and help make genmaicha a great beverage for health-conscious drinkers.

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