We’ve all heard of green tea and the benefits that it brings, but how many of us are aware of its (perhaps superior) counterpart, white tea? While white tea may have recently gained popularity in the West, it actually originates from the motherland of tea – China.
Derived from young leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, white tea contains all sorts of essential nutrients that bring an array of health benefits. In fact, if you’re looking to lose a few extra pounds, white tea may be the solution you’ve been seeking. According to global tea curator for Wedgwood Bernadine Tay, "White tea actually stops new fat cells from forming.” Unlike black tea, white tea is not oxidised and retains high levels of catechins, an antioxidant which helps increase your metabolism and aid in weight loss.
More specifically, white tea contains a range of different active catechins including Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), which has been dubbed “the most effective cancer chemopreventive polyphenol”. In other words, EGCG helps inhibit enzymes required for cancer cell growth and kills cancer cells, thereby helping to prevent or fight against cancer.
Now you must be thinking, “So what’s the difference between green tea and white tea?” Well, the main variance between the two boils down to the amount of anti-oxidants that each contains. White tea is steamed rapidly before it is dried, while green tea is partially fermented. This means that white tea is less processed than green tea, and is able to retain a larger quantity of anti-oxidants, which help in lowering cholesterol, boosting weight loss and enhancing cardiovascular health.
While the health benefits of green tea are indisputable, you may want to consider giving white tea (which is actually pale yellow in colour) a try. If anything, it’s a welcome addition to the variety of teas you get to enjoy on a daily basis!