In today’s age, one of the most popular hot beverages renowned for its health benefits is green tea, its health advantages being mostly due to its high concentrations of antioxidants, and thus, the imbibing of green tea has become part of the daily routine of many health-conscious people. But it is not just that green tea has a high content of antioxidants, it also has a superb taste and a small content of caffeine. As a result, the fame of this green-hued tea is increasingly growing.
However, another trend is also rising quickly, and now it is white tea. The leaves of white tea are plucked before they are open in full, when the blossoms are still covered with delicate, white hairs (this is where the beverage gets its name from).
These teas derive from the identical tea bush or plant, called Camellia sinensis, and the major difference concerning these 2 sorts of tea is the fact that the leaves of white tea are harvested from very young tea buds which are plucked by hand, in comparison to the leaves of green tea. However, they equally undergo a very small amount of processing. Also, white tea is not fermented at all, and green tea, on the other hand, is partially fermented. Unlike these two, black tea, for example, is fermented in full. And, due to their gentle treatment, both white and green teas hold on to their content of extremely beneficial antioxidants.
The antioxidant content of the teas
According to some studies, the new, white tea leaves hold on to the antioxidants in greater concentrations compared to green tea, and thus, white tea has an antioxidant intensity which is 3 times greater. In essence, white tea has the same antioxidant content as the young tea buds which are still affixed to the bush which makes it the tea with the greatest antioxidant content. For the sake of comparison, a mug of white tea has about 11 times as many antioxidants as for example, fresh orange juice.
What about the flavor?
Some people think that the grassy aftertaste of green tea is somewhat nauseous, and yet white tea possesses a much more subtle and gentler taste, one that is velvety and smooth and in a way sweet. Also, white tea has a soft gold or neutral color, similar to white wine.
What about caffeine content?
It is a fact that white tea has a lesser amount of caffeine than green tea, approximately 15 milligrams per serving, in comparison to the 19 milligrams in green tea. Thus, if you have a caffeine sensitivity, it is definite that white tea is a better choice.
What about the price?
Considering the fact that white tea is hand-picked from distinctive tea bushes during a restricted time period – in the early days of spring, and furthermore, it is treated delicately, it is logical that it is a great deal rarer than other tea types. Consequently, it is pricier as well – as much as 3 times more expensive in comparison to green tea. And yet, a smaller quantity of white tea can be sufficient for a refreshing and potent infusion of antioxidants which strengthen the immunity system as well as the entire body. Thus, only a small serving (one spoon) of white tea buds is sufficient to make a liter or so of this tea – by more than a few times.
In conclusion, it is without doubt that imbibing white tea is a superb habit which can help us in obtaining the right amount of antioxidants which we need for our system to function well, and this can become part of our daily ritual.