With colder weather upon us, now is a great time to indulge in drinks to warm you up. Tea offers sipping satisfaction and health benefits too! There are six categories of tea, and each type offers different flavors and health benefits.
Black Tea undergoes complete oxidation giving the leaves a dark brown or black color. As a result, it has unusually high caffeine content compared to its milder counterparts due to its considerable level of polyphenols and flavonols. It is also high in tannins, which are proven to soothe upset stomachs.
Dark Tea originates from China and is considered “aged,” alluding to many probiotic benefits. While this tea is sparse in the Western world, it tastes like no other and is a must-try given the opportunity.
Oolong Tea is also referred to as Wu Long tea and is only partially oxidized. This tea is often fragrant with a floral or fruity scent. Oolong is high in antioxidants which may contribute to reducing the risk for certain cancers. This tea is also high in theanine, which contributes to its relaxing effect.
Green Tea is left to wilt before processing. It is oxidized and then rapidly heated to prevent over-oxidization. Green tea provides subtle flavor profiles and has less caffeine than a typical cup of coffee. Green tea is known for its brain-boosting power, high antioxidant levels, and its ability to reduce risks for certain cancers while keeping the heart healthy.
White Tea is hand-processed and known for its natural yet subtle sweetness, making it the most delicate tea. This tea has a low caffeine content and requires a shorter brewing period.
Yellow Tea is the rarest of all. It goes through partial oxidation and has a prolonged drying period. Originating in China, yellow tea is high in catechins and antioxidants, aiding digestion, reducing inflammation, and promoting heart health.
Be adventurous and try all types of tea; you won’t be disappointed!