Green Tea vs Black Tea
Drinking tea has been spoken about for centuries as having health benefits but only recently do we have science to back it up. There has been many clinical studies done in the past decade to support the health benefits of both green and black tea.
Tea’s health benefits are mostly due to its large content of flavonoids.
I am going to define a few things here so that we are all on the same level of knowledge. Sorry if this gets a little boring.
Flavonoids are plant derived compounds that are antioxidants.
Antioxidants protect your cells against the effects of free radicals.
Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food or by environmental exposure (i.e. tobacco or radiation). They are unstable molecules that can damage cells and can play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases.
The antioxidant found in green tea is catechins. Catechins have been found to be more powerful than antioxidants vitamin C and E in stopping oxidative damage to cells. The antioxidant found in black tea is theaflavins.
Both green tea and black tea actually come from the same plant, Camellia Sinesis.
The difference is how they are processed. Green tea is dried over gentle heat while black tea is allowed to oxidize. This changes the chemical make up of the teas and this is why they have different types and amounts of antioxidants. Green tea is made up of approximately 30% of catechins, while black tea is made up of only 5% of theaflavins.
Both are good, both are healthy, but one is better. Based on the antioxidant levels, green tea wins.
As I sit here and write this, I am for sure sipping on some tea. It happens to be black tea.
If you have any questions feel free.