Although green tea has always been a common choice, lately, white tea brought too much attention for us not to discuss this matter more detailed. You might have heard about the advantages of white tea over green tea or vice versa, but what are those advantages?
In this article, I will talk about:
- White and green tea processing
- Caffeine volume of both
- Green tea benefits vs. white tea benefits
White and Green teas processing
If you want to have a good base of comparison of these two, first and foremost, you should know about the process of making it.
To make it simple, both white and green teas’ leaves are collected from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. Since the cultivators extract the leaves from the same place, the difference between them has nothing to do with the raw materials used. It’s more about the processing mechanism.
Even if both are processed in the light, unlike black tea, the distinction is that green tea is left in the shadow to dry. After this, it is fried and sometimes even steamed, depending on the tea purpose. And finally, it is rolled.
White tea, on the other hand, is left to withering in the sunlight and then brought inside in shadow for drying. This is what makes the sea sustain its’ whitish color, as well as antioxidants. Green tea is also rich in antioxidants, but not richer than white tea, considering it’s the lesser processing.
First of all, does white tea have caffeine? YES, but not as much as green tea, for the 5g of caffeine more: green tea-20g 15g-white tea caffeine.
However, multiple studies have shown that not stating a statistic of caffeine is not always a good idea. They say it can be a matter of temperature. If you steep and increase the temperature high enough, you can extract more caffeine than usual. So, after all, the caffeine content is about processing as well.
The age of buds can also matter; the younger the bud is, the more significant content of caffeine it has. With everything gathered, it’s not always imperative that green tea has more caffeine. In fact, the same studies, after testing all of the main tea types, the richest tea in caffeine level was white tea. So make your own conclusion about what difference white or green tea caffeine volume really makes.
Benefits of both Teas
Green tea benefits
Why is green tea considered so healthy? Because of a catechin called epigallocatechin, a strong antioxidant that aids on:
- Destroying and detoxification of radicals around the brain.
- makes you feel full, so prevents obesity
- skin health protects the collagen from the skin and stops aging
- reduces the risk of diabetes, cancer, pulmonary diseases
White tea benefits
- prevents cancer
- removes harmful compounds from our body
Weight loss, both teas are an excellent choice for a weight loss diet considering their low calories and energy boost. This leads to a more physical effort, which cuts weight.
All over, green tea is the favorite because it has been studied more, and the benefits are overall more outlined. However, the oxidants that white tea contain are believed to have a much more powerful positive impact in our body than green tea all along.
With that being said, now that you know the difference between green and white teas, it’s up to you to choose which one is better for your health.
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