Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Day 2490 - White tea versus green tea

Would you like a cup of tea?

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I'm a big tea drinker.  I don't drink coffee (and honestly don't see what all the fuss is about) but I do like my teas.

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 


  1. I'm just a boring black tea drinker. I really should explore the more healthier options.

  2. I love my coffee but I also love tea. I drink black tea, green tea, white tea and almost any herbal tea. Can't beat a good mint tea! And a chai latte is a treat. I always associate it with Christmas because of the cinnamon flavours and scent.

  3. I love both tea and coffee but only properly brewed tea and real coffee beans, none of this tea bag or instant coffee crap.

  4. Sadly I'm a coffee lover but want to be a tea lover! I have tried and tried to like green tea but just don't. I've bought some camomile tea to try next - so many health benefits. Any tips to help me like tea!

    1. I didn't like green tea either. So I bought green tea and vanilla to start off with, then green tea and jasmine. I slowly then went to green tea. My 12 year old son doesn't like it but wants to drink it, so he drinks green tea with lemon. That might work for you?

  5. Love my cup of tea. Strong, one sugar, and lots of milk :-)

  6. Ooh. I'll have to try white tea. Trying to drink less coffee.

  7. I knew we would get along! I don't drink coffee at all can't remember the last time I had one actually.
    I love love love my teas. I prefer my green tea from leaves in my favourite chinese restaurant than the tea bags. I have had a few white teas but I prefer green tea. I love its natural diuretic properties especially as a medication I was just put on made me gain 8kgs in 3wks! So I am drinking green tea by the bucket load because the only way I could put 8kgs on in 3wks is through fluid retention so the only way I am going to drop the weight is to get rid of the fluid! It is working I dropped 3kgs over 4 days. Which confirmed my suspicion of it being fluid related.

  8. Love a cuppa. I'll drink black, white, green, peppermint, ginger, lemongrass . . . anything, really!

  9. I have tried white tea but I didn't know anything about it having less caffeine. There you go!

  10. I love my cups of tea, must be my English roots. I haven't tried white tea but you've got me curious. I must check it out, especially if it's good for you. I've been drinking way too much coffee lately too so this would be a great alternative #teamIBOT xx


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