Facts about Green Tea
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All real tea is from one plant. Herbal tea is not real tea. Real tea is made from the leaves of the shrub (or small tree) Camellia sinensis. Black, oolong, green, yellow, and white teas are all from Camellia sinensis.
Green tea is a non-fermented tea. Or in plain language, green tea is not allowed to discolor from rotting for taste reasons as are black teas. Old and fermented teas can lose most of their health benefits from losing their nutrients through oxidation.
The main difference between black, oolong, green, and white teas is the degree of oxidation that is allowed to take place. Black gets more oxidation than oolong which gets more oxidation than green. Many other factors also go into categorizing and naming teas.
Composition of unfermented Camellia Sinensis or Green Tea:
Epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG is the most abundant catechin in green tea. It is not found in black teas, because black teas are processed teas.
- Polyphenols 37%
- Carbohydrates 25%
- Protein 15%
- Lignin 6.5%
- Ash 5%
- Amino acids 4%
- Caffeine 3.5%
- Lipids 2%
- Organic acids 1.5%
- Chlorophyll 0.5%
Green tea is sold in tablet and capsule forms for those who do not drink tea but still want the many health benefits of green tea.
All teas contain polyphenols (strong antioxidants) but some claim the most powerful forms are contained only in green tea.
Green Tea Pages
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