The world of tea is overwhelming since there are so many types of teas. Browsing for the right tea sparks a lot of questions. So, what is your “T.Q.”?
How are you supposed to know which teas have caffeine and which do not? See chart below for caffeine information.
Do you know which teas you should avoid if you have a Thyroid condition? If you are Th2 dominate you should avoid green tea because it stimulates the Th2 system.
Are you checking the labels on your tea? There are teas that you should avoid if you have a soy or gluten sensitivity. Some teas contain barley malt to give it a sweet taste but unfortunately barley is a gluten. Another hidden ingredient is soy or lectin. I have run into several Salada and a few Tazo teas that include these two ingredients.
Do you know what temperature to steep your tea in? Treat your tea according to its type. Brewing time and temperature differs by type of tea. This is because some tea leaves become burnt or bitter at too high of a temperature. Below is a great guideline chart.
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Did you know that all types of pure teas, white, green, oolong and black, come from the same plant? The more processed the tea leaves, the stronger the flavor. [Click to Tweet] The level of oxidation, or exposure to the elements, is what determines whether a tea is white, green, oolong or black. 1
Here is an outline of many different types of teas and a few of their great benefits. The list starts with the least caffeinated to the most caffeinated.
*Please note that the only tea that does not include caffeine in this list is herbal tea. Even decaffeinated teas contain a small amount of caffeine. See chart.
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Herbal– hot or cold infusion or concoction made from herbs, spices, leaves, flowers, fruits, berries, seeds, roots, bark, or any combination of these.
- Flavorful and naturally caffeine free.
- Great way to hydrate and consume herbs, vitamins and minerals for body health.
- Some examples of herbal teas include: Chamomile Tea, Cinnamon Tea, Ginger Tea, Peppermint Tea, Dandelion Tea, Hibiscus Tea, Red Clover Tea, and Rooibos Tea.
White – the youngest, freshest leaves are simply plucked and dried, so there’s no time for oxidation. It has the lightest taste that is fragrant and sweet. 1
- Has the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas. 4
- Since they are minimally processed they hold onto most of their naturally occurring antioxidants. 7
- It can help reduce inflammation and joint damage, and ease some of the aches and pains caused from arthritis. 7
- Studies show that drinking just two cups of white tea daily can cut the risk of heart attack by 50%! 7
- It has high levels of the amino acid L-theanine which is known for encouraging relaxation, helps with weight management, relieves anxiety, and improves concentration. 7
Green – Heated, rolled and dried leaves. Very little oxidation, but the extra steps bring out more natural flavor that tastes lightly toasted or grassy. 1
- Increases the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel, which accounts for improved muscle endurance. 3
- The high antioxidants help protect against cancers.
- Help cut the risk of cardiovascular and degenerative diseases. 3
- A recent study says that green tea could be beneficial to people with Type 2 diabetes because it helps diabetics better process sugars. [Click to Tweet] 3
- It help prevent and treat neurological diseases because the polyphenols in green tea help keep up the parts of the brain that regulate learning and memory. 3
- Theanine is an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves give drinkers a relaxing and tranquilizing effect which helps with depression. 6
Oolong– Tearing the tea leaves results in partial oxidation giving it a fuller body and richer color. This tea has a floral aroma with a smooth finish. 1
- Help lower bad cholesterol levels. 4
- Wuyi Oolong tea is heavily marketed as a weight loss supplement. 4
Black – Rolled leaves gives them plenty of time to oxidize before being fired. These teas are bold, complex and strong with a rich and full-bodied taste. 1
- It has alkylamine antigens that boost our immune response and tannins that can fight viruses. 5
- Tannins are also great for your gut. The have a therapeutic effect on gastric and intestinal illnesses and also help decrease digestive activity. 5
- Contains the highest level of caffeine however, unlike other drinks, the low amounts of caffeine found in tea can help enhance blood flow to the brain without over-stimulating the heart. It also stimulates the metabolism and respiratory system, as well as the heart and the kidneys. 5
- May protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke while helping curve the appetite to smoke.
- May be able to cut the risk of stroke.
- Is calorie-free beverage.
- It reduces plaque formation and reduces bacteria growth to prevent tooth decay and cavities. 5
The same plan produces all pure teas (not herbal tea) so they often share the same benefits. I tried to list the unique benefits for each type, but you will often get similar benefits no matter which type you drink.
Did you learn something new about tea after reading this blog? Do you have a fun fact or added benefit to add? Comment below, we would love to hear it!
December 9, 2015
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