Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Difference between Green tea and Black tea

Green tea, black tea, white tea and Oolong tea are the four main types of teas. They are also the most common tea known. Perhaps you have been drinking black tea (“normal’ tea) and know very well how it taste like but have you ever thought of trying some other tea such as green tea? It tastes really good, easy to make and is just packed with healthy stuff. They both still come from the same plant (Camellia sinensis) and even derived from the same leaves as many people do not know. The taste of green tea also different from your regular tea as it tastes lighter, more grassy and fresh while black tea has a strong and bitter flavor.

Tea leaves are mostly picked by hand Because they are too delicate to be harvested by machines. Green tea is dried, but not fermented while black tea is dried, oxidized and go through a fermenting process. Black tea is made from the buds and infant leaves. Varieties of black tea include Earl Gray and Pekoe.

According to studies , these two teas are also seem to serve different health purposes. The main benefit of drinking Green tea is that it is loaded with a powerful and useful anti-oxidant known as EGCg. During the process of making black tea, this chemical compound turns out to be converted into another coumpounds which leads experts think that this tea didn’t reap as many health benefits as the green tea. Green tea has higher concentrations of polyphenol antioxidants than black tea. However, thearubigens and theaflavins compounds found in Black tea are also very useful and good for us. Green tea also used to control body temperature, treat excess stomach gas, cleansing the digestive tract, regulating blood sugar and maintaining proper mental health.

With the types of teas and their aromas, tastes, colours and types differing from each regions in which the plants are grown. Even teas of the same colour may smell and taste differently, depending on which country they hail from. Green tea is especially popular in China, India, Thailand and Japan.

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