Green teas & white teas
The history of green tea
Green tea has been consumed by humans for thousands of years for its taste and medicinal properties.
All types of teas come from a tea tree or shrub called Camellia Sinensis. Green teas can come from both varieties Sinensis And Assamica.
These two varieties have different geographic areas. Sinensis is of Chinese origin and Assamica comes from the name "Assam" in northern India.
Assamica is a large-leafed variety, native to Assam. Assamica green tea is more productive but it is less favorable for growing high quality green tea as it contains a high concentration of tannin (bitter taste) and the health benefits are lower than the Sinensis variety
- Green tea: there is almost no fermentation (close to 0%), this allows us to keep all the benefits that tea offers us for our health (vitamin, catechins, amino acids, etc.) produce green tea are China, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Nepal, Tibet. There are different varieties of green tea (Sencha, Bancha, Shincha, Darjeeling green, Lun Chin, Matcha, etc.)
- Bench tea: there is a slight fermentation, only 2% for white tea. It is produced in China and Taiwan, we have two varieties, Pai mu Tan and Yin Zhen
Green tea type
The fermentation process of Camellia Sinensis leaves is intentionally interrupted after harvest by roasting. There are two ways to roast tea. Either using a large metal tank heated to a very high temperature, or using water vapor.
In the case of the metal tub, much of the chemical components contained in the tea leaves is damaged by heat. This method is used in almost all cases, especially in China and Taiwan.
However, in Japan the second method is used, steam roasting. Thanks to this method, we obtain green teas that are much richer in vitamins, amino acids, minerals, etc.
On the other hand, green teas do not obtain their particular characteristics only depending on the roasting method, but depending on different factors such as the cultivation of the plant, the harvest and the processing techniques. Quality green teas are teas with a wide variety of tastes and many health benefits
Benefits of tea
Green tea is recognized as a natural and very powerful medicinal plant with a multitude of benefits.
- Powerful antioxidants
- It allows to lower the
- cholesterol in the blood
- Improved vitality and athletic performance
- Antiviral, Antibacterial
- Strengthens immunity
- Increases insulin sensitivity
- Powerful detoxifier
Green tea for weight loss? Which green tea to lose weight?
Several studies prove that regular consumption of green tea helps to tone the metabolism. However, not all green teas (unfermented) have the same effects and chemical properties. For effective weight loss effects, we recommend high quality Japanese green teas.
Why ? Because these are green teas roasted by steaming water and not in a wok, as explained in the previous point, roasting with steam makes it possible to keep all the effectiveness of the tea.
For the stimulation of the metabolism, it is advisable to drink Sencha Japan at midday. A green tea from Japan that will allow us to lose weight. However, it is very important to drink a lot of water, if the green tea triggers a great thirst, the dose should be reduced and gradually increased thereafter.
Find our green tea for weight loss: Sencha Japan
On the other hand, it should not be abused, it may be counterproductive. Green tea is effective even at low doses.
What is white tea?
White tea is very little oxidized much like green tea. Indeed, this tea undergoes little transformation after picking, which allows it to retain most of its nutrients, unlike other type of typical whose leaves are fermented. White tea does not roast during its manufacture: The buds and young leaves are withered and dehydrated.
How to prepare white tea?
When preparing it, it is advisable to let the white tea infuse for ten minutes in water at around 75 ° C. Indeed, if the water is too hot, the tea can lose some of its vitamins.
If your wish is to decrease your caffeine intake, white tea contains a small amount of between 15 to 20 milligrams per cup. Unlike green tea which contains 30 milligrams and black tea.
The benefits of white tea
- A fat-burning tea
Several studies have shown that white tea as well as green tea have a large amount of catechins. Catechin is a natural compound that has anti-oxidant properties, it helps burn fat and boost metabolism.
- Rich in antioxidants
White tea contains a high amount of antioxidants which help fight the damage caused by oxidative stress to cells. Studies have shown that antioxidants have an important role in preventing cancer, diabetes and coronary heart disease.
- Fight against cancer
Studies have shown that due to its high concentration of antioxidants, white tea may have anti-cancer properties.
- Improves fertility
- Reduces cholesterol
- Good for brain health