By Carolina Cuartas - January 18, 2019
Are you looking to cut down on caffeine, improve your health, and slim down for the new year? The simplest way to make that happen is to switch your coffee to tea!
Many people are surprised to learn that all teas, white, green, oolong, black and pu-erh are made from the leaves of the same species. Each leaf holds similar, but some of their benefits vary. Learn which leaf suits your needs the most.
“Believe it or not, all tea is made from one plant, known as Camellia sinensis. It is an evergreen shrub that can grow into a small tree… The plants can live for up to 100 years or more and the leaves are harvested year round.”
White tea is the least processed. White tea is not oxidized or rolled but simply withered and dried by steaming. They release the least amount of caffeine of all teas, generally ranging from 10-15 milligrams per 8 oz cup.
Some benefits of White Tea include:
Many say that Green Tea is the healthiest thing you can drink. It’s an unoxidized tea that is heated earlier in the production process denaturing the enzymes in the leaf that cause oxidation before the leaves are able to oxidize.
Some benefits of Green Tea include:
The rarest of all tea Oolong tea represents only 2% of the world's tea. Oolong Tea is semi-fermented, lies between unfermented Green Tea and fermented Black Tea.
Some benefits of Oolong Tea include:
Black tea is withered, fully oxidized (fermented) and dried. Black tea yields a hearty, amber-colored brew. It is often blended with other plants for different flavors, such as Earl Grey, English breakfast or Chai. It’s stronger in flavor and contains more caffeine than other teas, but less caffeine than coffee.
Some benefits of Black Tea include: