7 reasons to sip a cup of white tea
July 9, 2019
July 9, 2019
Just when the world has embraced green tea as the best beverage of them all, along comes another contender. White tea!
Both white and green tea come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. White tea leaves are harvested at a younger age than green tea leaves, making it rarer as it can only be hand-picked during a few days of early spring. It is usually more expensive than green tea as it needs to be handled with care.
Green tea, considered to be a superfood, is slightly more processed than white tea, which is steamed rapidly and dried. Green tea, on the other hand, is partially fermented. It is steamed, fired and then rolled. The green version is rich in antioxidants as it is not overtly processed and is considered a zero calorie food. However, white tea has a higher content of antioxidants since it’s processed even lesser than green tea.
The name comes from the fine silvery-white hairs on the unopened buds of the tea plant. The beverage, however, is neither white nor colourless. It is a pale yellow beverage with a smoother, gentler, almost sweet taste as compared to green tea.
White tea is loaded with antioxidants, the nutrients that protect our body from damage by free radicals. Here’s how this tea can help you:
The jury’s still out on whether or not white tea contributes to weight loss. Studies have shown that hot green tea may aid in weight loss as its caffeine component increases metabolism and encourages the body to burn more fat. By that logic, sipping white tea, which contains a bit lesser caffeine than its green cousin, may also aid in weight loss. Regular consumption of white tea may reduce blood sugar and help prevent and alleviate the symptoms of diabetes.
So what’s brewing in your cup?