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Green tea is my daily tea, but chai latte's are also a favourite. I've got ginger and lemon in the cupboard as well as a few lovely blends from Adore Tea or T2. If I'm looking for something different I'll often opt for a fruity tea. Rarely, if ever, do I have a good old fashioned cup of black tea anymore, but if I do it is always made strong with just a dash of milk.
Recently I was reading about the properties of white tea.
If someone asked if I'd like a "white tea" I would assume they were offering me that black tea with a dash of milk I was referring to above. But if someone offers you white tea these days, it is in fact green tea's younger cousin.
So what's the difference between the two?
Which is better - white tea or green tea?
Both white tea and green tea are from the Camellia Sinensis plant, but white tea is harvested earlier. If you thought you were getting a shitload of antioxidants with green tea then think again. White tea has WAYYY more antioxidants packed into its leaves.
However green tea has more caffeine than white tea which makes it more effective in weight loss. If you're someone who avoids stimulants like me, then white tea is the better choice. Rumour has it that lower caffeine means you're better able to retain moisture in your skin. Both teas have a lot less caffeine than black tea or coffee, but white tea contains the least with 30-55 milligrams per cup compared to 35-70 milligrams for green tea.
Because white tea is considered rare compared to green tea, it is more expensive. It can only be handpicked during a few days of early spring and has to be handled with care.
Green tea is a bit more processed than white tea which makes white tea a bit more "natural". White tea is steamed and dried, whereas green tea is also partially fermented.
Both white tea and green tea are healthy additions to the diet and come highly recommended, but with quite a lot of study gone into green tea it's been much higher on our radar.
Green tea is definitely more common, however I think we're going to be hearing a whole lot more about white tea in the near future.
Interestingly enough, white tea is starting to appear in beauty products to help prevent environmental damage to the skin, boost complexion and banish toxins.
Tips: In a study published in "Molecular Nutrition and Food Research" in 2007 it was found that if you add lemon or soy or rice milk to green tea it significantly boosts the body's absorption of antioxidants. Plus it has been found that brewed tea has higher concentrations of all the good things than the iced or bottle varieties.
Would you like a cup of tea?
Have you tried white tea?
How do you like your tea?
Information sources: www.Bodyandsoul.com.au; Woman's Day Magazine August 1 2016; www.livestrong.com