I know, very well, that green tea is all the health craze. It started about a decade ago when green tea was promoted as one of the so called “superfoods” that would help your body to prevent cancer, heal itself better and stay younger longer. Green tea was the bomb, and all the other teas were pretty much left in the dust. Plus, America was still having its love affair with coffee, the other hot caffeinated drink, so it took a few years for tea drinking to really catch on.
The problem I always had with green tea was its flavor. It was just too earthy tasting for me, and a bit on the bitter side. Something about this earthy flavor didn’t agree with me no matter how much lemon and sugar I added to it before drinking. I felt the same way about another antioxidant-packed hot drink yerba mate, and still feel that way today.
I’m a coffee drinker at heart, and will always love the smell of coffee in the morning and will also always love my creamer and sugar just a certain way. There’s nothing like holding that hot mug in your hands on your way into work in the morning and taking leisurely sips of the delectable concoction before you head into your hectic and stressful day.
Plus, it makes me feel more awake in the morning which I love. If I don’t get my coffee in the morning somehow my day feels incomplete. That creamy, sweet flavor is such a treat that I look forward to every morning! Sometimes I even have a cup mid-day if I’m running low on energy, although not very often. Tea usually has a lower amount of caffeine per cup, but not by too much.
So the green tea thing never quite worked out for me. Plus, the fact that you pretty much have to have several cups of green tea a day to reap the crazy-great benefits it supposedly offers for your health ensured that I would never be able to get the benefits I wanted out of drinking something that just didn’t agree with my taste buds.
Enter white tea! I tried this on a whim one time. It was on sale at the health food store I go to, so I threw a box of it in my cart and thought it might be an interesting thing to try. Plus, I do like to have various kinds of tea laying around for when I have tea drinkers at the house.
Well, it turns out that white tea is smoother tasting and less earthy and bitter than green tea. The interesting thing is, when I read about the differences between teas, the only difference is how they are processed. They all come from the same tea plants, but they are all just processed in a slightly different way.
In addition to this finding, I read a few interesting articles that actually argue that white tea is in fact the more healthy tea to drink. It supposedly has been found to have even more of the active compound that makes green tea so healthy, EGCG, which is a powerful antioxidant compound that can protect your body and organs from degeneration, protect your from cancer and even protect you from heart disease (and give you prettier skin and keep you more youthful looking if you believe some articles!)
That’s quite a list of impressive benefits, so it’s no wonder people drink so much tea (although it still lags behind coffee as the most popular hot drink). White tea is definitely my preference when it comes to green tea and white tea. It’s about the same price, sometimes a little more expensive if you buy the organic kind or if it’s a fancy brand, so you’re paying about the same amount.
I enjoy the “infused” teas that have fun flavors mixed in. Perhaps they have some lemon peel in their or orange peel or some other organic spice to add a little different flavor. It keeps it interesting, plus it feels more like you’re drinking something fun rather than healthy, which can be boring as we all know ?