Nutrition and Diet

These Teas Put Green Tea to Shame

tea ceremonyTea is the most popular drink in the world, without counting water. Black tea is the king of the teas, but other forms are getting popular. Green tea especially has become popular, especially due to the powerful health benefits its associated with. But did you know that there are other teas more powerful than green tea? In this post we look at teas that put green tea to shame.

Now, we need to point out that while there are many herbal beverages today marketed as tea, these are not what we are talking about. We are talking about “true” tea, made from the leaves of the tea tree botanically known as Camellia sinensis.

Tea may be defined as an aromatic beverage prepared by pouring hot water over cured leaves of a tree by the same name name. Typically, this would produce black tea.

Teas That Put Green Tea to Shame

As previously mentioned, green tea has become extremely popular and is associated with certain health benefits. These benefits include improved brain function, fat loss, and cancer-fighting properties, among other benefits. Some even say that green tea is the healthiest beverage on the planet. Yet there are other more powerful teas?

Yes, there are certain teas that are more powerful than green tea. Here are some teas that put green tea to shame:

Matcha

matcha green teaMatcha is a form of green tea with a difference. It is a finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves. It is said to be healthier than regular green tea, and facts do support this claim. It is special in three aspects:

  • Farming: Matcha is derived from the same tree as regular (black) or green tea, but the trees for matcha are grown under a shade. The shade increases the amount of chlorophyll content in the leaves. This makes the leaves bright green and packed with nutrients.
  • Processing: The leaves are picked by hand, typically just once per year, and the stems and veins removed. They are steamed to preserve color and nutrients and then thoroughly dried. Once dried, they are traditionally ground using slow-moving granite stone wheels, into a super fine powder.
  • Preparation: Virtually all other teas that are prepared by infusing them with hot water and then discarding the leaves. This wastes some of the nutrients. Matcha is prepared by whisking powder with hot water, typically using a wooden whisk, and then consumed whole.

The advantage of matcha is that it contains higher concentrations of beneficial nutrients than black or green tea. Matcha also contains more caffeine than regular tea or green tea. After all, you are drinking the whole leaf. However, while the caffeine in matcha may improve energy and alertness, it reportedly does not cause jitters.

You can find white tea in specialty tea shops, health food stores, as well as online stores including Amazon.

Related: 8 Powerful Health Benefits of Matcha Green Tea

White Tea

Glass cup of fresh white teaWhile many know about black tea and green tea, and even matcha green tea has gained popularity, not many know about white tea. But it is another tea that puts white tea to shame. What is it and what makes it so powerful?

Like green tea, white tea is harvested from the same Camellia sinensis tree that produces black and green tea. But the similarities end there.

Now, white tea isn’t exactly white in color. And currently there is no accepted definition of white tea.[1] But, for the purpose of this post, we’re referring to a type of tea made from the buds and immature tea leaves picked shortly before the buds have fully opened, when they are covered in fine silvery-white hairs. This is where the tea gets its name.

Here’s how white tea differs with green (or black) tea:

  • Harvesting: The buds and immature tea leaves picked shortly before the buds have fully opened and allowed to wither and dry in natural sun.
  • Processing: White tea is minimally processed, using methods that prevent oxidation. This keeps the tea leaves closer to their natural state, which helps preserve more of the nutrients, including antioxidants and polyphenols.

White tea offers all the benefits of green tea, only that white tea has higher concentrations of the beneficial nutrients. These benefits include support for weight loss, improved brain function and alertness, and cancer fighting properties, to name but a few.

Though white tea contains caffeine, it is claimed that it will not make you jittery.

You can find white tea in specialty tea shops, health food stores, as well as online stores including Amazon.

We just touched briefly on teas that put green tea to shame. In future posts, we shall look at each of these teas in greater detail.


References:

[1] Wikipedia: White tea

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