Q: “What are the health benefits of white tea? How is white tea different from green or black tea?”
Sue, via email
Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) Courtney Dinnerville says:
A: “All three teas come from the same plant. The difference lies in the processing. White tea is processed minimally, by harvesting the tender buds and youngest leaves. Green tea leaves are steamed and black tea is fully fermented. White tea is essentially untouched and therefore retains more antioxidants than green or black tea. It also contains one third of the caffeine in black tea, making it a better choice if you’re caffeine sensitive.
The health benefits of white tea stem from the high antioxidant content. Antioxidants destroy harmful free radicals in the body which cause inflammation and ageing. There is some evidence white tea may help reduce stroke and heart disease risk, protect against cancer, act as an antibacterial and slow ageing.”