Why Is White Tea Good For You?

Everyone has heard of green and black tea, but white tea is a bit less common.  Hailing from the same plant but processed differently one has to ask, why is white tea good for you?

White tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant, the same plant that gives you green tea, Oolong tea and black tea.  So you’d think that all these teas would taste the same, but it is the oxidation or fermentation process that makes the difference in color as well as taste.

The oxidation process is basically the way the leaves are dried.  Sometimes called fermentation, this can be confusing as most people associate this with fermenting wine where sugar is involved.  However, there is no sugar or other substance involved when it comes to tea.

White tea is actually dried by steaming the immature leaves that are harvested before the buds open and then air drying them.  Unlike other tea processes, they are not rolled or crushed.  The result is that the enzymes inside the leaves are never exposed to air.  The leaves are then slow roasted and lose about 95% of their moisture.

This makes for a tea that has almost no caffeine and is very light in color as well as taste.  It has a woody taste like leaves or grass.  One of the popular white teas is Ceylon White that comes from Sri Lanka, but white tea is made in China and India as well

With this major difference in processing from it’s healthy cousin green tea, one might wonder just why is white tea good for you?

Well, it is in fact this difference that makes it good for you.  You see, the processing of the tea actually leaves the tea closer to the way it is in nature, thus it has even more polyphenols, then other teas.  In fact, studies suggest that it might even be healthier for you than green tea.  This tea has both anti viral and anti bacterial properties and may stimulate the immune system even more than green or black tea and the added polyphenols give it even more ammunition to fight more cancer causing cells.

It is also rich in fluoride that can help prevent tooth decay.

Another reason why white tea is good for you is that it is lower in caffeine.  With only 15 mg per serving, you can drink a lot more of it and still keep your caffeine consumption to moderate amounts.  Black tea has a whopping 40 mg per serving and green tea has 20 mg.

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