Black or Green Tea? Which one is for you?

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Have you been drinking hot tea all your life with all its different flavors and variations but do not even know the differences between all these teas? Truth is, there are a great number of brands and varieties available in the marketplace these days, consumers are most likely confused on what particular type of tea is best for them. Such teas come in varied forms like herbal, scented and flavored.

Basically, black tea is the most common type of tea that you can avail. It is very popular in the South East Asian region such as China, Thailand and Japan. About 70% of Camellia senensis plants are grown to produce black tea. When the leaves are old enough, they undergo a method which is called oxidization or in layman’s term, fermentation. The entire procedure results into a cloudy brown beverage that has a strong aroma with a bitter taste.

On the other hand, Green Tea is popular for people who are looking for a healthier option. Thing is, “green” teas are also made from the same plant that produces the black variation. However, they differ mainly in the processes that they undergo. Green teas are not oxidized which means that they remain fresh and are not left to rot for a long span of time. They are only dried and then steamed to keep the beneficial chemicals intact. This is the reason why they taste like leaves or grass when you take a sip.

Both teas, black and green, are proven to contain polyphenol and other types of anti-oxidants that help fight off cancer-causing toxins. Clinical studies done by experts in UK have shown that consumers of brewed green tea have a lessened chance of becoming diabetic later in life. Having said this, more and more people are opting green over black tea. Aside from the taste is way much better, the general health of the drinker is also significantly improved.


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