GREEN, RED AND BLACK TEA: TYPES OF TEAS AND THEIR HEALTH BENEFITS
All tea, whether it’s green, red, black or white, comes from the Camellia sinensis plant, albeit different varietals. That is to say, depending on the region that it is produced, the part of the plant that is used or the way it is processed.
On the other hand, it is important to clarify that all teas are infusions, but not all infusions are teas, the difference lies in the way of preparation:
- English tea, for example, bring water to a boil and remove it as soon as it comes to a boil. Then, put the teabags in the teapot and immediately pour the water into the pot. If you have a tea cosy, cover the pot. If not, use a tea towel to keep the pot warm and steep for 3 minutes. Enjoy!
- Infusions are mostly used for the upper plant parts such as flowers, leaves and green stems. To prepare an infusion take a teapot, which has been warmed and put one infusion bag of the herb or mixture into it. Next pour boiling water and leave to steep for 5 – 10 minutes. Enjoy!
It is a recommendation to drink tea without sugar. If you are adding sugar to your tea because you do not like the taste without it, consider natural sweeteners like anise or
licorice. Look for blends like Digest and green tea ginger and Lemon that contain those ingredients.
Also, by trying certain types of chocolate teas, such as black tea chocolate and mint.
3 best teas in the world that you should try:
There are several varieties of green tea, which differ substantially based on their growing conditions, production process and time of harvest.
Green tea comes from many parts of the planet, but the best known and most demanded is the Japanese tea.
Benefits of the green tea
- Antibacterial and antiviral.
- It prevents cavities.
- Help reduce your risk of getting a cold.
- Help lower cholesterol.
- Prevents cardiovascular diseases.
- It is recommended to treat some types of diabetes.
The red tea belongs to the HeiCha family and its origin is exclusive to the chinese region of Yunnan. The main difference between red tea and the others is the bacterial fermentation process to which its leaves undergo. Thanks to this, it has a very characteristic flavor.
Benefits of the red tea
- It is diuretic.
- Helps digestion.
- Helps lose fat and weight.
- Reduce cholesterol.
- Improves memory and concentration
Black tea is a type of tea that is more oxidized than oolong, white and green teas. A process called oxidation turns the leaves from green to a dark brownish-black color. Oxidation means the leaves are exposed to moist, oxygen-rich air.
This tea is generally stronger in flavor than other teas. Benefits of the black tea:
- It is considered a good stimulant.
- It gives you energy, without getting nervous.
- Helps to improve osteoporosis.
- Great antioxidant properties.
- Help losing weight.
- Improve your intestinal flora.
From Raíces de la Tierra we hope you found this article helpful.
We recommend you to start your morning with a hot cup of black tea and after meals a cup of red or green tea.