by: Vanessa Le
Are you a tea newbie? This one’s for you. When it comes to the world of tea, there is a vast array of types and brewing methods, so I understand if you do not know where to start. First off, there are four major types of teas: black, green, white and oolong. When it comes to the debate between tea bag or loose leaf, the winner is loose leaf tea. Generally, tea bags are made up of the dust of actual tea leaves and lack in quality. I know what you’re thinking, it is so much easier to plop a premade tea bag into a cup than dealing with the mess of loose leaf tea. That’s where you’re wrong. With the help of a handy-dandy tea infuser, brewing your favorite cup of tea is hassle-free. An infuser is essentially a reusable tea bag that acts as a strainer. Now, why should you even drink tea in the first place?
Every type of tea is jam-packed with health benefits. We will be comparing two of the most popular types: green and white. If you are looking for a healthier source of caffeine, try out green tea. Unlike coffee, green tea contains the amino acid theanine which prevents the jittery feeling you get from high doses of caffeine. Based on a number of studies, drinking green tea on a regular basis resulted in lower risk of cancer. Green tea also inhibits hypertension and improves brain function. Because of the presence of polyphenol in this super tea, it goes hand in hand with weight loss and aids in fat burning. If you want to kick it up a notch on the health scale, try drinking matcha green tea. Matcha is made up of green tea leaves that have been ground down into a fine powder. So, rather than just steeping green tea leaves, you are actually consuming the entire leaf which leads to higher benefits. On the contrary, if you are watching your caffeine intake, white tea is a good choice. Compared to green and black tea, white tea
has been oxidized far less resulting in a lighter and milder taste, however, this does not mean it is any less beneficial. White tea contains properties that protect brain cells from damage which help maintain mental health and is also anti-bacterial which aid in recovery if you are suffering a cold. Although there are many choices of tea, the good news is that whatever you choose, there is a health benefit attached to it. So, head to your local tea shop and pick up a couple staples to start off with. Oh, and don’t forget your tea infuser. Happy sipping!