During the last holiday season, we were so busy that I decided to drink Red Bull to stay up late at night for the holiday rush. Then I thought it would be fun to compare this drink, Red Bull, with Japanese green tea and see which one wins. Funny what comes up in mind at 2 am working 18 hours straight in full steam. I didn’t write this article that night, but now with a bit of calm after the storm with a sip of nice hot green tea, I am writing this just for fun.
One of the main reasons why Japanese green tea is being consumed is its caffeine content to help you stay awake at work, and so is the same purpose with Red Bull. The same thing with Japanese Green Tea, Red Bull provides an energy boost to keep you get going especially if the activities would need to exert too much effort.
While Japanese green tea is often being consumed to stay awake for work or studies, Red Bull is grabbed for sports or rushed activities. Japanese green tea could be a convenient drink for catching-up conversations with friends but you would definitely find it funny for a Red Bull to be sipped cozily while having a conversation with friends.
So, which of these two should you drink depending on your concern? The battle of the two most sought-after drinks to spike up your concentration is here right now for comparisons. Here are the ten differences between Japanese green tea and Red Bull.
Japanese green tea is well known worldwide to be all-natural and chemical-free. Japanese green tea leaves are well known to be one of the purest teas all over the world, using no to minimum pesticides as much as possible. Even the caffeine in Japanese green teas is natural. Having said this, Japanese green tea is one of the best choices for those who are conscious with their intakes for their bodies.
On the other hand, while Red Bull could quickly spike up the caffeine into your body, this liquid drink is synthetically processed and one would not just simply intake these chemicals in the long run. One of the most prominent ingredients in Red Bull is taurine, which still lacks scientific research as to its long-run effects on the body.
So, for being all-natural, Japanese green tea is obviously the winner for this round.
While Japanese green tea is known to have caffeine content, Red Bull is really packed as an energy drink that contains several ingredients including caffeine and taurine as an energy booster for attention, cognitive, and driving performance. If you are after some strenuous activities, you might not get the same amount of energy booster if you are just going to drink a Japanese green tea. Though Japanese green tea could boost some concentration in you, definitely this is not as evident as when you consume an energy drink like Red Bull, so let’s applaud Red Bull for this match!
Just like with any coffee and tea, the caffeine amounts in Japanese green tea can vary greatly and the package indicators for the caffeine contents are only averages. The caffeine content of Japanese green teas also varies depending on the type of tea. Some Japanese green teas have high content such as sencha while teas like hojicha and genmaicha have low caffeine content.
With Red Bull, there is a standardized amount of caffeine in each bottle by simply referring to the label indicated or can so you would know exactly how much caffeine you are getting, and this would be helpful to manage your caffeine intake. Hooray for Red Bull for this one!
Japanese green tea uses the whole leaf for production, requiring less waste compared to other teas, which only use parts of the leaves. Also, Japanese green tea usually comes in form of loose-leaf or tea packets, requiring less production for packaging. Nowadays, Japanese green tea manufacturers prioritize the packaging designs of their teas to be eco-friendly such as biodegradable tea packets inside paper pouches or boxes.
On the other hand, while Red Bull in bottle forms can be recycled, just imagine the tons of bottles to be disposed of for intake of this energy drink. Also, Red Bull already comes in aluminum tin cans, making the production packaging less environmentally friendly compared to Japanese green teas because of the adverse effect in the processing of packaging it. For this segment, the Japanese green tea is a sure winner!
Japanese green tea is attested to by several generations even by the high royal personnel of the Japanese empire. Aside from this, the way it is authentically served would really ingest you into the purest form of traditional Japanese green tea ceremony. If you are into culture and history, you may not just get this from drinking a commercialized energy drink so for this comparison. The way of serving Japanese green tea traditionally is a form of hospitality.
This is not the case of Red Bull since as conveniently as simply getting a can of drink from any convenient store would already do the trick. Energy drinks are invented only in the 1960s and a very straightforward drink to simply energize yourself, so, let’s give another point for Japanese green tea.
Because energy drinks are served cold, they can be consumed quicker than Japanese green tea, which is usually and traditionally served hot, because the consumption is through several sips. Rapid consumption leads to caffeine getting into the bloodstream quicker. Sipping or drinking your caffeine drink more frequently and in larger amounts would let you experience more of a kick because more of it is hitting your system at once. Thus, the effects of caffeine could easily be observed in Red Bull than in Japanese green tea.
While there are many types of Japanese green tea, all of these types are just green teas in their purest form and most people would not really have the luxury of time to differentiate the taste from one another but you may have the luxury to choose for so many flavors in Red Bull energy drink and even has limited season collection flavors. This means that tastes for each and every flavor would be different from one another. Who would not want to have those choices depending on one’s mood? Red Bull is definitely the winner for this match!
Do you want to drink Japanese green tea? What do you have? Loose leaf tea? Then go get your tea balls or strainer, a mug, and make sure to have hot water with you to prepare everything. Do you have tea packets? You would also be needing a mug and hot water for this. If you are an enthusiast, for sure you would be having different types of teapots for different types of tea but with Red Bull, just buy this in a convenient store and open the bottle cap or pull the tab of the can and you are good to go.
Moreover, since teas are usually being served hot, you definitely need a lot of time to consume it unlike with Red Bull that is recommended to drink cold, you may just even gulp it while in a rush to your work or school. Just how handy and convenient it is too grand and drink Red Bull, right?
Japanese green tea intake in a long run would give the drinker long-term health benefits such as neuroprotection, cholesterol-lowering properties, strong antioxidant capacity, as well as quality emotional status, quality of sleep, and suppression of hypertension. It also helps in the regulation of cholesterol, aging, reduction in the inflammatory response, and blood pressure.
On the other hand, prolonged intake of Red Bull could lead to several chronic diseases such as diabetes due to too much sugar content of the energy drink and it also contains a proprietary ‘energy blend,’ which typically consists of stimulants and other additives that could even result to kidney failure. Japanese green tea should definitely take the lead on this one.
As mentioned, a while ago, Japanese green tea comes in many forms compared to Red Bull. One could get a pack of Japanese green tea in loose-leaf form or could be in tea packets. Some are also ground in their most refined structure as matcha and create some frothed green tea drink from it.
On the other hand, Red Bull is only available in liquid form. If you are the type of person who wants a variety and the intricacies of preparing your drink, Japanese green tea is the best drink for you. Red Bull should pave the way to Japanese green tea for this one.
And the Winner Is…
So, what do you think would suit best for your needs? These are just some of the comparing factors between Japanese green tea and Red Bull. While Red Bull could quickly give you the mood to be on the good and as convenient as buying it in a store, Japanese green tea gives you the tradition and culture that Red Bull could not give and not to mention the long term health benefits as one of the most prioritized factors for every drinker.
It's a draw! 5 to 5.
At the end of the day, it would really depend on what you are looking for in your favorite drink.
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