Tuesday, August 19, 2008

White Tea

I have never drunk normal tea or coffee (although I drank tea with one sugar when I was pregnant?) I didn't really like hot drinks and most definately do not like the taste of coffee!
I started to drink green tea about 2 years ago, then I after Paul did some research on white tea and found the benefits where as good if not better than green tea, with less caffiene.
I now drink about 1.5 litres a day, mostly warm, I have gotten used to to it warm, sometimes chilled.

Heres a bit about white tea -

While Chinese tea drinkers have been hip to white tea’s benefits since the Ming Dynasty, until recently it was virtually unknown outside of Asia. Not anymore. Today, everyone from chefs to medical researchers is praising white tea’s delicate flavor and purported health benefits.

But, what is white tea? Most tea aficionados know that all tea comes from the same source: the Camilla Sinensis tea bush. Whether a tea leaf winds up in a cup of green, black, or oolong tea depends entirely on what happens after it is plucked.

White tea is made from immature tea leaves that are picked shortly before the buds have fully opened. The tea takes its name from the silver fuzz that still covers the buds, which turns white when the tea is dried. Tea leaves destined to be sold as white tea undergo even less processing than green tea leaves. Instead of air-drying, the unwithered leaves are merely steamed.

The result? A pale tea with a sweet, silky flavor. People who have tried both note that white tea lacks the “grassy” aftertaste so often associated with green tea. Furthermore, studies indicate that white tea is better for you. Leaving tea leaves so close to their natural state means that white tea contains more polyphenols, the powerful anti-oxidant that fights and kills cancer-causing cells, than any other type of tea.

Need another reason to drink white tea?
A 2004 study at Pace University concluded that white tea can help your body’s immune system fight off viruses and dangerous infection-causing bacteria. The same study concluded that fluoride-rich white tea helps prevent the growth of dental plaque, the chief cause of tooth decay.

Shar x


floydie281299 said...

Good luck for your 1st presenting stint! i'm so proud of you my fab sister x

Shar said...

Thanks for the luck, feeling like I'm needing it!!

Kek said...

Thanks for the info, Shar... I was just looking at white tea at the supermarket the other day, wondering exactly what it was.

Good luck with the new class presentation.