I saw a box of Great Value Naturally Decaffeinated Green Tea some years back at Walmart, and given my affinity for green teas in general, I brought one home for review, and I’m still bringing it home today. Though this decaffeinated tea is perhaps the nicest-tasting I’ve tried, it costs about half as much as Bigelow decaffeinated green tea ($2.38 for 40 servings Vs. $2.32 for 44 bags). It sports an identical pale green and clear look as its non decaffeinated version, and lacks almost all bitterness. This green tea flavor, though a store brand, is virtually indistinguishable from the original, and this beverage can be found at Walmart grocery stores and super centers the country over. It’s not offensively expensive, and truly is a Great Value.
Benefits, Features, Pros, and Advantages
- Even without the caffeine, this green tea still has some thermogenic properties, and can thus, still encourage weight loss, higher levels of alertness, and lower levels of the blues. It has often lifted my spirits, or kept my spirits high during trying times. But admittedly, this effect varies and does not appear every time I drink a cup of green tea. But green tea is a nice-tasting gamble anyhow. The taste is almost always good, even if it does not always drive depression away.
- This drink is available at most Walmart stores for a fair price.
- Each teabag is individually wrapped, though I’m not sure how well this preserves the tea’s freshness. Why? Because you can detect a strong green tea aroma as soon as you remove the outer cellophane from the box.
- Most any green tea, including Great Value, decaffeinated or not, makes my fingernails grow faster and healthier. I enjoy the look, but would just as soon do without this quicker growth.
- Stevia sweetens this tea without destroying the delicate and unique flavor that I’ve learned to savor from green tea.
- The taste of this decaffeinated tea closely resembles other decaffeinated as well as non decaffeinated green teas. Good green tea is easy to come by; particularly now that the Great Value brand has gotten into the act.
- This tea is less bitter than some other decaffeinated green teas I’ve sampled.
- I’ve used both regular and naturally decaffeinated green teas to reduce hunger during diets. For me, it works at least as effectively as over-the-counter diet drugs, and it’s better for you besides.
- Since there is little caffeine in this product, withdrawal symptoms generally do not happen when I’ve not drunk this tea for a few days. But then again, so is the lift in mood reduced when I start drinking it again. With less caffeine, green tea is a bit less “exciting” indeed.
Disadvantages, Cons, and Problems
- It’s easy to completely mask green tea’s unique flavor. Be particularly mindful of honey, for sweetening this green tea, as you might end up with a cup of green stuff that tastes just like honey. The green tea flavor can be destroyed by non-flavor-neutral sweeteners like molasses, honey, or maple syrup. Stevia sweetener for this purpose is better because you avoid the added sugar when you sweeten with the clear stevias, and you do not destroy the green tea flavor with it.
- With all the green tea I drink each day, my teeth are always stained to some degree each time I visit the dentist. However, the likely health advantages of this throughout-the-day tradition, even when consuming decaffeinated tea, are worth the minimal extra hardship of more frequent teeth cleaning.
Therefore, I’d encourage you green tea fans to give this Great Value Naturally Decaffeinated Green Tea a try. I’d rate this tea at 95 out of 100.
Where To Buy Great Value Decaffeinated Green Tea
Look for this product in the green and white box with the blue, white, and green letters exclusively at Walmart in the teas section. This product is available nowhere else.
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- 2012-04-02: Originally published.