White tea.

  • GingerOH

    Posts: 159

    Apr 14, 2013 4:35 PM GMT
    So, we are all mostly aware of the health effects of green tea, and to a lesser extent black tea, but I am having a difficult time finding information on white tea. I started to drink tea a few years ago. I recently found a white tea that I love and it has replaced my green tea. Unfortunately all the health information I have found about white tea's properties are contradicting. I find articles stating "It promotes weight loss, it gives a caffeine boost, it speeds your metabolism" and then the next article states "its all a lie, drink green tea".

    So my question, any of you guys know what is going on in the wonderful world of white tea? I just want to know if I should be switching back to green tea if white tea is proven to be less healthy. Any help would be welcome.

    Thank you for reading and responding guys! icon_biggrin.gif
  • calibro

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    Apr 14, 2013 7:27 PM GMT
    why's it got to be white? why can't we talk about black tea?
  • GingerOH

    Posts: 159

    Apr 14, 2013 9:42 PM GMT
    calibro saidwhy's it got to be white? why can't we talk about black tea?


    If you would like to, sure. I'm just more interested in finding out about if my new white tea is doing the same for me as the green and black I gave up.
  • hdurdinr

    Posts: 699

    Apr 14, 2013 10:04 PM GMT
    Hmm, I have no idea, sorry - but as for green tea, the Sencha green tea is better for you than regular green tea and tastes much smoother.
  • FredMG

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    Apr 15, 2013 12:22 AM GMT
    I think teas are like everything else : mix it up a bit and don't get too stuck on any one kind or blend.

    Remember in the real world there are no silver bullets that solve everything.
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    Apr 15, 2013 12:28 AM GMT
    FredPDX saidI think teas are like everything else : mix it up a bit and don't get too stuck on any one kind or blend.

    Remember in the real world there are no silver bullets that solve everything.

    This x 1,000,000

    Each kind of tea has different properties and antioxidants. They're all good for you. Mix it up. You can even find blends of different types mixed together. Like you, I've found the information on the Internet about tea to be contradictory. Don't worry too much about it. Enjoy them all.
  • LJay

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    Apr 15, 2013 12:28 AM GMT
    Why must food and drink always be therapeutic? Tea takes care of thirst, provides a light stimulant and is warming or cooling depending on how it is served. Isn't that enough? If I need medicine, I can take it, but I'd just as soon simply enjoy my tea.
  • AdventureTime

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    Apr 15, 2013 3:49 AM GMT
    Hey there I work in the tea industry professionally (I’m not a barista) so maybe I can give some insight about white tea and it’s health benefits.
    The reason you are finding conflicting information is because not all white teas are the same and the same could be said for green, oolong, black, etc. Each tea is unique it’s own way trying to generalize the health benefits will give mixed results, it’s like comparing a Ferrari to a Fiat

    For an example if the white tea you are drinking is made from the young buds (i.e. white peony) of a tea plant it will be high in caffeine something around ~40mg of caffeine per cup (coffee has about 110mg). However if you are drinking a low grade white tea made from mature leaves the caffeine content will be near nonexistent ~5mg.
    Also white, green, and black teas each have their own health benefits. So what you should really be asking is what health benefits are you seeking?
    White teas tend to be high in antioxidents and are of interest for wrinkle reduction
    Green teas are high in catechins. Like the metabolism booster catechin EGCG
    Black teas are high in theaflavins, thearubgins , and theobromine (a bronchodilator)

    Lastly the quality of your tea matters. Try to buy something that is sold in an air tight light proof container. Tea health compounds degrade when exposed to oxygen and light. One of the best teas and cost effective premium teas you can buy are matcha green teas. It is the powered green tea that is used in green tea lattes at starbucks. Matcha is high in caffeine, catechins, and chlorophyll.

    Did this help?

    Here’s some reading material
    http://www.elitea.co/pages/white-tea-profile
    http://www.elitea.co/pages/black-tea-profile
  • GingerOH

    Posts: 159

    Apr 15, 2013 4:00 AM GMT
    AdventureTime saidHey there I work in the tea industry professionally (I’m not a barista) so maybe I can give some insight about white tea and it’s health benefits.
    The reason you are finding conflicting information is because not all white teas are the same and the same could be said for green, oolong, black, etc. Each tea is unique it’s own way trying to generalize the health benefits will give mixed results, it’s like comparing a Ferrari to a Fiat

    For an example if the white tea you are drinking is made from the young buds (i.e. white peony) of a tea plant it will be high in caffeine something around ~40mg of caffeine per cup (coffee has about 110mg). However if you are drinking a low grade white tea made from mature leaves the caffeine content will be near nonexistent ~5mg.
    Also white, green, and black teas each have their own health benefits. So what you should really be asking is what health benefits are you seeking?
    White teas tend to be high in antioxidents and are of interest for wrinkle reduction
    Green teas are high in catechins. Like the metabolism booster catechin EGCG
    Black teas are high in theaflavins, thearubgins , and theobromine (a bronchodilator)

    Lastly the quality of your tea matters. Try to buy something that is sold in an air tight light proof container. Tea health compounds degrade when exposed to oxygen and light. One of the best teas and cost effective premium teas you can buy are matcha green teas. It is the powered green tea that is used in green tea lattes at starbucks. Matcha is high in caffeine, catechins, and chlorophyll.

    Did this help?

    Here’s some reading material
    http://www.elitea.co/pages/white-tea-profile
    http://www.elitea.co/pages/black-tea-profile


    This was very helpful actually. Thank you very much for clearing some of that up for me! icon_smile.gif