Which tea is better for you – green tea, black tea, white tea?
Customers often ask me which tea is the best for you in terms of health benefits. In fact, those who are new to tea often assume that they need to specifically start drinking green tea. When I ask them why, they respond by saying they saw it on the news or read an article from someone who told them about the wonderful health benefits of green tea.
The truth is that all tea types have tremendous health benefits. Unfortunately, the media and other talking heads have decided to make green tea the choice for the American consumer. All tea types contain polyphenols, which is a type of antioxidant. Antioxidants are very helpful in protecting the body, specifically our cells, from damage caused by free radicals and can be found in fruits, vegetables and of course, tea. Green tea contains an antioxidant called EGCg, whereas black tea contains theaflavins. Both tea types are beneficial, and there is no overwhelming evidence in favor of one tea type over the other in terms of health benefits. If you recall, all tea comes from the same plant anyway, camellia senensis, with the only difference being the method of processing.
Whether you choose green tea, black tea or white tea, you cannot go wrong in terms of health benefits. Ultimately, your choice will come down to personal preference and taste.