This article compares green and white teas on a variety of different factors, including caffeine articles, health benefits, flavor, and price. First though, we begin by a brief discussion of what defines and distinguishes these two teas, focusing on how they’re produced.
Production of white vs green tea:
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White tea is generally considered the least processed of those mainstream types of tea available on the market, even though the leaves do experience some processing. The leaves are gathered, then allowed to naturally wither; this method allows some oxidation of the leaves, turning them into some cases a light brown color.
Green tea, on the other hand, is heated, either by steaming (in the case of the majority of Japanese teas) or pan-firing or roasting (the procedure used for most Chinese teas). The heat kills the enzymes which cause oxidation, and would cause the leaves to eventually turn dark brown and eventually become black tea. Green tea thus has a naturally brighter green colour maintained, relative to green tea.
A lot of sources claim that green tea”preserves the natural antioxidants” better than green tea but there’s no proof that this is accurate: that the leaf of white tea is really allowed to oxidize more due to the lack of heat early in the process.
Caffeine content of green tea vs. green tea:
It’s a widespread myth that white tea is lower in caffeine than green or black teas! There’s no evidence to support that claim, and in fact, the studies that have measured the caffeine content of different teas side-by-side have failed to find any conclusive pattern of white, green, or black teas becoming any higher or lower in caffeine as a general rule. What’s well known, however, is that the portion of leaf buds or hints, relative to bigger, older leaves, impacts the caffeine content. One example of a green tea which dispels the myth concerning caffeine content is silver needle (also called bai hao yinzhen), which can be made exclusively from leaf buds, also is among the highest at caffeine of any varieties of tea.
As stated previously, the antioxidants, also known as catechins, in green tea have been preserved in their natural condition more than in white teas. This contradicts the promise that less processed teas are higher in antioxidants, and it could lead some to believe that green tea would be the healthier option. But it is also not true that a lot of their original catechins translates into more health benefits: if antioxidants are oxidized, they become new chemicals but they retain their antioxidant properties. Catechins turned into a new class of chemicals called theaflavins and thearubigins, which are found in small quantities in white tea and also in larger amounts in oolong and black teas. Similarly to the situation with caffeine, studies which have compared the antioxidant content of different types of teas have found no pattern of a single type of tea being lower or higher as a rule of thumb.
There aren’t many studies that have studied green vs white types of tea in terms of effects on the body, and there is not sufficient proof to state conclusively that one is better than another.
Picking out the highest-quality white and green teas:
Because neither green white emerges as a clear leader in terms of health benefits or caffeine material, it is logical to make your purchasing decisions primarily on the basis of quality, flavor, and freshness. Purchase and drink whichever one that you enjoy most! Loose-leaf tea would be the best option, whether buying green or white. Rather than buying generic tea, start looking for specific named varieties that clearly defines the region of origin as well as the design and production procedure. And consider reading blogs and review websites to learn what others are saying about a specific company or a particular tea, prior to placing your order.